Australian Kelpie

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The Kelpie is an Australian sheep dog successful at mustering and droving with little or no command guidance. They are medium-sized dogs and come in a variety of colours. Kelpies have been exported throughout the world and are used to muster livestock, primarily sheep, cattle, goats and poultry.

The breed has been separated into two distinct varieties: the show or bench Kelpie and the working Kelpie.[1] The show Kelpie is seen at conformation dog shows in some countries and is selected for appearance rather than working instinct. Working Kelpies are bred for working ability rather than appearance.[1]

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Characteristics

Appearance

The variety of colouration and coat types puts the Kelpie in a select[weasel words] group, as it is not possible to look at an unidentified dog and classify it as a Kelpie.[citation needed] Kelpies referred to as Red Cloud Kelpies have red features with white markings on the face, chest, and feet.

Breed standards

Breed standards vary depending on whether the registry is for working or show Kelpies. It is possible for a dog to both work and show, but options for competition in conformation shows might be limited depending on ancestry and the opinions of the kennel clubs or breed clubs involved.

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