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    Hi!

    We have a 9 month old Black and Tan Kelpie, Cleo. She is the love of our lives! And before she gets too old we want to get a friend for her. We have kitten Baxtah, who she adores, but just doesn't have the size or energy to keep up with her.

    So we are thinking we want to get another puppy/dog around her first birthday. A lot of people have said to get another Kelpie, but I don't think our yard it big enough for two of them!!!!!

    I would love a King Charles Cavalier, but not sure! Another thought is a Golden Retriever.

    I would love some recommendations on what breed we should get. If anyone has had Kelpies with other breeds I would love to hear how it worked out.

    Cleo is full of beans and we would love a puppy who could compliment her craziness!! cleo.jpg

    Thanks it advance

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    I used to have Kelpies, lots of them, as they mature they settle, give them a job and they settle even more. A job could just be regular obedience of the formal nature, agility that sort of thing.

    I always think breeds are attracted to their own, however having said that if you are finding one Kelpie very busy two will probably be too much. Or be certain you have gone to show lines instead of working lines. Same with cattle dogs and border collies. All the smarts without the hyper.

    As long as your Kelpie is friendly and gentle a quiet breed like the Cav may suit you. Nothing worse than having too very busy dogs if you feel you are not up to it.

    I have 3 different breeds here and my one Gordon Setter takes more work than all my Whippets (a very easy breed) and the Saluki.

    I love both the Cav and to a lesser extent the Golden Retriever, however one thing to think of is if your Kelpies business rubs off on the Golden it will be a large dog racing around the place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAC View Post
    I love both the Cav and to a lesser extent the Golden Retriever, however one thing to think of is if your Kelpies business rubs off on the Golden it will be a large dog racing around the place.
    Haha I tend to agree with you here!!!! This is why I am thinking a smaller dog would suit better, especially as Cleo is quite a small kelpie herself. Thanks for your thoughts!

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    I think you'd need another high energy dog.

    Pappillons are up for anything. So are JRT and tenterfields (minature fox terriers?). Border terriers are also quite smart.

    I don't think the cav would quite cut it. Frosty used to use one as a floor mop. She'd grab it by the collar - cos it didn't complain about that, and drag it around the polished wooden floor boards.

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    I have a Kelpie (Dodge) and an Australian Shepherd (Koda).
    Aussies are quite energetic dogs, but they have an off switch and will often happily swap a walk for a snuggle on the couch
    Koda definitely keeps up with Dodge easily and he wears her out, but he is not anywhere near as hyper as she is!
    If you're not up for a large dog then i would suggest something tough and energetic like a Jack russel!

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    Jack Russels and Fox Terriers are fantastic - friendly, tough, low maintenance, and long lived.

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