Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Posted September 20, 2014
Zani, along with the other 2 kelpies we had growing up in Australia, had a fantastic temperament but was also a great guard dog.
When my little sister was young my mother never worried about her playing in the front garden alone because Zani would be out there and he would watch closely, barking if any passers-by got too close, but he was never aggressive with anyone needlessly.
They are gentle animals, but strong. They are well suited to spending a lot of time outside, particularly if they have a companion. Kelpies do better in pairs, in my experience.
Bath time is rare but a lot of work. It is easiest if you live in a warm climate and can wash them outdoors with a sprinkler and hose, then dry off with them in the sun. (Also fun for kids to take part in, and learn responsibility for their pet in a fun way.)
Of all the breeds I've been around, Kelpies are by far one of the easiest to train and the most obedient, so long as they are treated well. They form VERY strong bonds that last a lifetime.
As far as larger dogs go, Kelpies are one of the few great breeds for single adults, couples and families.