The Australian Kelpie, or simply Kelpie, is an Australian sheep dog successful at mustering and droving with little or no guidance. It is a medium-sized dog and comes in a variety of colours.
Links to Breed Descriptions:
Other Names for Breed:
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club:
Country of origin: Australia
Health and Well-Being:
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
One of the major international standards is:
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Finland: Australian Kelpie breeding Strategy | JTO English Summary
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
The Kennel Club list of DNA tests available for each breed along with an indication as to whether the test is part of the Assured Breeder Scheme (recommended or required) and whether it is recorded on the Kennel Club registration database.
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Australia: The Working Kelpie Council of Australia
Finland: Suomen bordercolliet ja australiankelpiet ry