Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted March 8, 2015
I think my experience with my beautiful black Kelpie, Ziggy, might be quite unique. He was never a working dog, which many Kelpies are, but a much loved companion.
He was gentle, sociable, independent and affectionate. He died quite young from cancer (7 years) and my only regret is that I felt he was over-dominated by the other dog in our family - a cattle dog. We acquired them both as puppies at the same age but I can't say they were ever companions. If you are looking for a Kelpie as a pet, I hope the following might be helpful:
- Kelpies are independent dogs who are happy with company but not clingy;
- Able to socialise well with other dogs;
- A good jogging partner (although when Ziggy was tired of the run, he would simply sit down and stop!)
- I believe this is a dog that doesn't need another dog as a companion. Ziggy was a gentle soul and I felt our other dog (a strong natured Cattle dog) was too dominant for Ziggy;
- Wonderful with friends and family and not over exuberant especially when greeting;
The Kelpies are great companions for working people who like to exercise but don't have a lot of time for dog maintenance.