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Australian Kelpie

Size: Medium

Weight: 25 - 45 lbs.

Height: 17" - 23"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

Health Problems: A very hardy breed.

Origin: Australia

Also Known As: Kelpie, Barb

Group: Herding

Category: Companion Dog, Herding, Show Dog

Exercise Needs

The Australian Kelpie demands daily vigorous exercise. This dog is not recommended for city or apartment living.

Grooming Needs

No special grooming requirements.


Australian Kelpie is a friendly, loyal, intelligent and agile breed.

Compatibility with Kids

Requires early socialization.


This breed dates back to the 1870s and is thought to be a mix of Border Collie and a mixed breed named Kelpie. Some believe that the breed originally included Dingo.