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Thread: Kelpies Working Dog Vs Show Dog

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    Default Kelpies Working Dog Vs Show Dog

    Having had a lot of experience with Kelpies I thought I would start a thread that hopefully catches the attention of potential Kelpie owners or those already with a Kelpie.

    If you have purchased a Kelpie from working lines be prepared to keep this dog occupied. They will have unlimited energy both physically and mentally.

    On the other hand, if you like this dog and don't live on the land with stock for them to work then please, please buy a Kelpie from Show Lines. Your show Kelpie will be either Chocolate or Black. There are very few good two tone Show Kelpies out there, so that is one of your first indicators.

    Look for ribbons, trophies and challenge certificates and all those things that the general pet buying owner is not interested in seeing. Because a working Kelpie does not cut it in the show ring the same way that a show Kelpie cannot cut it as a working dog.

    It's not to say that a show Kelpie with training cannot make an average worker, but that's exactly what they'll be, an average worker that most farmers would put a bullet thru.

    The instinct is there, the intelligence is there but that relentless drive is not.

    Most of my Kelpie's lost that stupid puppy stage at 9 months of age, it was like a trigger went off in their brain and they were the most pleasurable dog to live with. No more holes, no more wrecking pot plants etc. But a faithful companion who excelled at dog sports and if given this mental stimulation was happy with a 20 minute walk or run at the dog park/day.

    Out of all my Kelpies and I've had lots of them I only had one that tried my patience. She showed the most working ability out of all of them. Some showed non at all. But once I found what motivated her to channel her energy for good rather than evil then nothing stopped her and she became one of my all time favourites.
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    hi mouseandchicken

    just wanted to know, i can tell a show kelpie by their colour.

    i have already found potenial kelpie pups, and they are black with brown chest and dots on their eye brows. is that a show dog.

    so far the care takers of the dogs tell me they playful yet that is short lived as they lay down for naps and receive treats in a calm and gentle manner.

    could i consider these kelpie as show dogs?

    any advice would be much appreciated

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    Kelpie puppies, like every other puppy will have periods of high activity, then sleep lots, just like growing children.

    You cannot tell show & working line from colour at all.

    Do the puppies that you are looking at come with papers registered with the ANKC? This is not microchipping or vaccination papers. These are papers showing the bloodlines of the puppies. Is the breeder registered with the ANKC? Does the breeder go to dog shows & exhibit their dogs?

    If you'd rather pm me details like this, feel free to.

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    thank you very much for your reply.

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    This thread is also over a year old.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    That may be the case Di, but some valid questions have been asked, and there isn't much activity here in the Kelpie land lol!

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    True, lol.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Awwww I didn't even notice that, I just thought MAC had come back

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    Well all I will say is that a well bred working kelpie will have an off switch, my kelpie is working kelpie council registered and a tireless worker on sheep and also loves agility. But I can take her to the city and stay with friends with no problem. She chills when required and even on the farm will go happily for lengthy periods without major exercise as many working kelpies have to.

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    thanks for your reply...
    i never knew kelpie could be like that, regarding calm and energetic when needed.

    you did say well bred, so its more about their bloodline rather then how they are trained???

    I am still keen on getting a kelpie, but now its just a matter of i guess finding one. ive been looking at shelters as i would like to give a chance to a dog that in a pound. ive been checking petrescue.com.au.

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