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    Default Jumping on the Bandwagon - What Breed?

    I have 2 rescue dogs, parentage unknown and people are always asking me what breeds they are.

    Pedro is a Kelpie cross:


    I included this one because you can see his jowls and big ears which definitely don't belong to a kelpie!

    And Marnie definitely has some heeler in her, she's bobtailed but not big enough for a stumpy-tailed cattle dog:



    Not the best photo but you can see Marnie's tail (or lack thereof)


    Just sheer curiosity, plus Marnie had a limp for a while last year and the vet mentioned patella problems in cattle dogs...it went away after some rest and anti-inflammatories but I'd like to know if it's going to rear its head in the future (I'm hoping it was just a strain)

    Guess away everybody!

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    Do you think Pedro has some Rotti in there??

    And Marnie, yes to the cattle, but maybe some Smithfield as well? Although on looking again I's actually say stumpy tail x working border collie. The working collies can be considerably smaller than you expect.

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    I don't think so on the rotti, he has the colouring but that's common in kelpies as well:
    File:AustrKelpieBlackTan1 wb.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    It's hard to tell from the pics but he's not built at all like a rotti, nowhere near muscly enough in fact he was a skinny little thing when I first got him.

    Haven't had anyone say collie before! She's got quite short legs as well, not corgi short but definitely stocky. OH has a border collie and she's a big tall lanky thing.

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    I know the black and tan is common in kelpies, I was looking at the ears and jowls...

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    I agree with the rotti,
    Look at that face!!

    The ears remind me of a kelpie and the body!

    But that face def reminds me of a rotti

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    Here he is looking a bit less jowly:


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    Previously being a Kelpie owner and breeder I always hate the cross Kelpie explanation for every dog of medium size with prick ears and or two tone colouring.

    In suburbia there is just not enough pure bred kelpies to make the number of X's out there. There are also very few purebred registered two tone Kelpies or breeders producing two-tones. In my large obedience club there is 1 purebred Kelpie.

    If your dog comes from the country regions then there is a more likely chance of Kelpie but again I find most farmers breed for working type above all else so often they are a combination of Kelpie/BC/ACD and are normally longer of leg, lighter boned and lighter coated.

    The Stumpy is not a big dog, much lighter in frame than the ACD but are few and far between.

    As Natty said who can say where the short legs came from, purebred dogs can throw back to a g'mothers side and such so it's anyones guess.

    I'm going to say majority Aust Working Dog Mix and a couple of other breeds as well somewhere along the lines.

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    Hard to say where he comes from, I got him from the RSPCA and they called him a kelpie cross, so that's what I ran with

    For Marnie we'll just go with bitsa. But we have a times thought she might be part deer, rabbit or mountain goat.
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    Well I think they are both lovely. I have a couple of terms I use, one being the Australian Working Dog Mix and my new fav Mixed Bag of Lollies.

    So I'm going with AWDM x MBL. LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post
    If your dog comes from the country regions then there is a more likely chance of Kelpie but again I find most farmers breed for working type above all else so often they are a combination of Kelpie/BC/ACD and are normally longer of leg, lighter boned and lighter coated.
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