Species group: Herding Group dogs
Other name(s): Kelpie; Barb
As the name suggests, the sheep-herding Australian Kelpie was developed in Australia from working collies. Like its ancestors, this breed's intelligence, toughness, and enthusiasm for work has made it a favorite in Australia and New Zealand. Some Kelpies even work as seeing-dog dogs. Over time, two separate registries developed in Australia for this dog, the Working Kelpie Council for the working dogs, and the Australian National Kennel Council, for the show dogs. Know what you want before you get the dog. The two types are no longer supposed to be interbred.
This is not a breed to pose on a cushion to watch TV. Kelpies can get bored and even hyperactive if they don't have enough to do. They can be a great choice for the active owner who has a worthwhile job for them, likes jogging or biking with an athletic dog, or thrives on the competitve show circuit. But the energetic Kelpie could be a nightmare for the couch potato.
The Kelpie isn't yet fully recognized by the AKC but it was added to the Foundation Stock Service in 2014, a significant step forward.
Appearance / health:
Kelpies are slender, light dogs with strong muscles. The skull is slightly rounded. The muzzle tapers toward the nose and is in proportion to the skull. In working Kelpies, the ears are usually pricked though some may have floppy ears. The tails are either bushy or smooth. Working Kelpies are known more for their working ability than appearance. Show Kelpies are usually heavier and shorter.
Kelpies are average shedders. Bathing is done only when necessary. Brushing is done occasionally.
They need a lot of exercise. A long walk or a daily jog is necessary to keep them busy and healthy.
Australian Kelpies suffer from few health issues. A condition called hip dysplasia may occur, which is a result of badly formed hips and can result in lameness. Eye problems may occur in some Kelpies.
Behavior / temperament:
Kelpies are naturally protective of their families and some can go to any extent to protect their loved ones. They are alert to their owner's call. The herding instinct may be strong in several Kelpies as they herd other dogs and pets. They have a tendency to bite. Kelpies make good watchdogs owing to their excellent vision.
Training typically includes obedience training and socialization with other pets and dogs. They are extremely intelligent and fast learners. Working Kelpies can be trained to do various functions in the farm.
They can be quite noisy, especially when there are strangers or animals such as cats around.
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The Kewl Kelpie
I have what is known as a working Kelpie (bench Kelpies are show Kelpies). They are famous for their herding ability, specifically their tendency to run over the backs of sheep. They don't shed much (unless double-coated in which case they will), are medium size (so great for smaller homes/apartments), and quiet. Fairly active dogs, my Sky is happiest when lying on the bed. I call her the "Laziest Kelpie in the World!" They are very loyal, tend to be one-person dogs, and can be a bit reserved (although Sky never read that in the book so she loves everyone). Note, they care known to be good jumpers and may get out of yards with low fences. Finally, please be aware that just because a dog is black and prick ears doesn't make it a Kelpie! There aren't many in the US so if you see a "Kelpie" in rescue, it probably isn't a Kelpie!.
From LeashUpYourDog Jul 14 2015 5:54PM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 59 days ago
behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. .
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