For much of the 20th century and early 21st century it was claimed that kelpies were partly descended from dingoes. In 2019, a genomic study indicated that the kelpie had no dingo ancestry
Care and Health
This is a hardy breed with few health problems, but they are susceptible to disorders common to all breeds, like cryptorchidism, hip dysplasia, cerebellar abiotrophy and luxating patella.
This breed has a population of 2 million – 3 million
Kelpies are herding dogs that will prevent stock from moving away from the stockman.
They are intelligent and easy to train dogs making them well tempered and good pets especially with children. However they do require a lot of physical exercise and mental stimulation. Otherwise they can get bored and be disruptive by constantly barking or digging, or by chewing on things.
Size medium, medium Fur,
sheds a lot,