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FCI-Standard N°293  /21.04.1997. / GB

ORIGIN : Australia.



CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. :                         Group 1                        Sheepdogs and                                                 Cattledogs (except                                     Swiss cattledogs).
                        Section 1                        Sheepdogs.
                        With working trial.

GENERAL APPEARANCE : The general appearance shall be that of a lithe, active dog of great quality, showing hard muscular condition combined with great suppleness of limb and conveying the capability of untiring work.  It must be free from any suggestion of weediness.


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BEHAVIOUR /CHARACTER : The Kelpie is extremely alert, eager and highly intelligent, with a mild, tractable disposition and an almost inexhaustible energy, with marked loyalty and devotion to duty.  It has a natural instinct and aptitude in working of sheep, both in open country and in the yard.  Any defect of structure or temperament foreign to a working dog must be regarded as uncharacteristic.
HEAD : The head is in proportion to the size of the dog.  The overall shape and contours produce a rather fox like expression, which is softened by the almond-shaped eyes.  

Skull : Slightly rounded and broad between the ears.  The forehead running in a straight profile towards the stop.
Stop : Pronounced.


Nose : The colour conforms to that of the body coat.
Muzzle : Cleanly chiselled and defined, preferably slightly shorter in length than the skull. 
Lips : Tight and clean, free from looseness.
Teeth : The teeth should be sound, strong and evenly spaced, the lower incisors just GO BACK TO LIST but touching the upper; that is a scissor bite. 
Cheeks : Neither coarse nor prominent, but round to the foreface.
Eyes : The eyes are almond shaped, of medium size, clearly defined at the corners, and show an intelligent and eager expression.  The colour of the eyes to be brown, harmonising with the colour of the coat.  In the case of blue dogs a lighter coloured eye is permissible.
Ears : The ears are pricked and running to a fine point at the tips, the leather fine but strong at the base, set wide apart on the skull and inclining outwards, slightly curved on the outer edge and of moderate size.  The inside of the ears are well furnished with hair.

NECK : The neck is of moderate length, strong, slightly arched, gradually moulding into the shoulders, free from throatiness and showing a fair amount of ruff.

BODY : The length of the dog from the forechest in a straight line to the buttocks is greater than the height at the withers as 10 is to 9.
Topline : Firm, level.
Loins : Strong and well muscled.
Croup : Rather long and sloping.
Chest : Deep rather than wide.
Ribs : Well sprung.
Flank : Of good depth.

TAIL : The tail during rest should hang in a very slight curve.
During movement of excitement it may be raised, but under no circumstances should  the tail be carried past a vertical line drawn through the root.  It should be furnished with a good brush.
Set on a position to blend with sloping croup, and it should reach approximately to the hock.


FOREQUARTERS :The forelegs should be muscular with strong but refined bone, straight and parallel when viewed from the front.
Shoulders : Clean, muscular, well sloping with the shoulder-blades close set at the withers. 
Upperarm : Should be at a right angle with the shoulder-blade.
Elbow : Neither in nor out.
Pastern : When viewed from the side, the pasterns should show a slight slope to ensure flexibility of movement and the ability to turn quickly.

HINDQUARTERS :Should show breadth and strength.  When viewed from GO BACK TO LIST, the hind legs, from the hocks to the feet, are straight and placed parallel, neither close nor too wide apart.
Stifles : Well turned.
Hock : Fairly well let down.
Feet : The feet should be round, strong, deep in pads, with close knit well arched toes and strong short nails.

GAIT/MOVEMENT : To produce the almost limiteless stamina demanded of a working sheepdog in wide open spaces, the kelpie must be perfectly sound, both in construction and movement.  Any tendency to cow hocks, bow hocks, stiltiness, loose shoulders or restricted movement weaving or plaiting is a serious fault.  Movement should be free and tireless and the dog must have the ability to turn suddenly at speed.  When trotting the feet tend to come closer together at ground level as speed increases, but when the dog comes to rest it stands four square.  


HAIR : The coat is a double coat with a short dense undercoat.  The outer coat is close, each hair straight, hard and lying  flat, so that it is rain-resisting.  Under the body, to GO BACK TO LIST the legs, the coat is longer and forms near the thigh a mild form of breeching.
On the head ( including the inside of the ears), to the front of the legs and feet, the hair is short.  Along the neck it is longer and thicker forming a ruff.  The tail should be furnished with a good brush.  A coat either too long or too short is a fault.  As an average, the hairs on the body should be from 2 to 3 cm (approx.3/4² - 1.1/4²) in length.

COLOUR : Black, black and tan, red, red and tan, fawn,chocolate, and smoke blue.

SIZE : Height : The height at the withers shall be for the dogs 46 to 51 centimeters (approx. 18-20 ins.) Bitches 43 to 48 centimeters          (approx. 17-19 ins.)

FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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ORIGIN: Australia

This dog comes down from the Border Collie capacities from the coloni that they are spontaneously couples to you with the Dingo local, giving the NATO them to this race, that the wild Australian remembers very canide.
Its acknowledgment laughed them to 1870.

Of medium ransom, with athletic physicist.
Height comprised between 45 and i 50 cm for i males and from 43 to 48 for the females.
Its varied weight in function of the difference of ransom between males and females going from the 11 - 13 kg for the males to the 9 - 12 Kg for the females.
The head has a lively and intelligent expression remembering that one of the vixen, or dingo with one the good set of teeth and a bond stop. the snout finishes in a tartufo that pu to have different colorations based on the color of the cape going from the black one, to the brown or the caffelatte ones.
Ia tail comes capacity on the back with a shape to scythe.
The short, driven in and adherent hair to the body with insufficient sottopelo.

Been born like dog the fastest and most obedient flock, it comes today used a lot often like optimal dog from Agility, but also from company, even if badly adapted to the life from apartment.


Content to work, untiring, obedient and always with an infinite one wants to play.

Resistant dog to the diseases single if it comes held repaired in winter.

it goes fed in complete way and without to exaggerate.
Pu living to the open but in winter would be better to make it to enter the evening at least.
A tight tooth comb goes brushed una-due time to the week using hard or better one brush than setole