The Working Kelpie Council of Australia

Breed Society for the Australian Working Kelpie


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Welcome to the home of the Working Kelpie Council. We are a national organisation dedicated to the continued growth and excellence of the Working Kelpie breed.

From humble beginnings, the Working Kelpie developed to the stage where it has now been exported to Russia, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, UK, USA, South America, South Africa, New Zealand, Germany, France and the Netherlands. These dogs have been successfully used to manage a variety of stock, including reindeer, goats, cattle and, of course, sheep. Kelpies in Sweden have gained police dog titles and pulled sleds. They are also being widely used as search and rescue dogs.

We have a wide selection of information in our Website including the history and origin of the breed, training methods and characteristics of the breed. Want to buy a pup? We have the current list of pups for sale in the Breeders Notes. Looking for a breeder? We have an excellent search engine (Locate a Breeder) to help you find a breeder near you.

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2014 National Kelpie Field Trial Championships

Australian Yard Dog Championships - Mar 2014

Taralga Yard Dog Trial - Mar 2014

Koorawatha Yard Dog Trial

Taralga Yard Dog Trial - Jan 2014

2014 National Kelpie Field Trial Championships Results

Congratulation to Gary White and Whites Fella II.

See the full results here...

The Ideal Man and Dog Relationship
By John White

A remark frequently heard at a lot of trials is "It all comes down to Control" which refers to the handlers ability to completely control his dog at all times. The theory that you have to take all the initiative out of a dog and replace it with your own is commonly referred to as making a dog 'mechanical'. Many dogs that have a lot of inborn natural ability are 'blown-up' or have their self confidence completely destroyed by trainers who will not let a dog use its initiative.

Undoubtedly there are some dogs that have ability but are untrainable because they will not co-operate or will resent the fine tuning that is required in the top trial does of today. There is no denying that in all types of trials obedience to commands is a major factor in a dog's ability to be a successful competitor. It is very noticeable that most of the top handlers have realized that a dog Does have a Mind of it's Own and also the Ability to Work Out Situations and then Make the Correct Moves, and so finally end up with a much superior work mate or trial dog.

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Kelpies Hard at Work

The First Decision - Which Kelpie?
late Mike Donelan

A bloke once asked Tommy Smith advice on buying a good horse. Smith's reply was "Save up your money and buy the best bred one you can find". I give the same advice to the Kelpie owner starting out - buy the best! The dog may not turn out to be a champion but you've got more chance with a well-bred one, than one off the neighbour or "getting one out of Bill Jones' good bitch", or "a pup by old Tom's good dog".

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2014 National Kelpie Field Trial Championships Awards Presentation

2103 NKFTC Finals Videos

The 2013 National Kelpie Field Trial Championships (NKFTC) were held in Allora Qld this year. Some of the best working dogs in Australia were competing for the most prestigious and highly contested perpetual shield.

The NKFTC has been ongoing for over 45 years, and the 2013 NKFTC was one of the most challenging on record.

Now you can see the best of the best in action. The 2013 NKFTC Final are available on DVD. Included at no extra cost is the 2013 Novice Finals. Order your copy today!

Going Green

Want to help us save some trees, time, money and energy? Did you know you can receive your monthly News Bulletin by E-mail instead of by Aust Post?

Unlike the printed and posted version the E-mail version comes to you in full colour.

To receive your next copy of the News Bulletin via E-mail all you have to do is click on the following link. Don’t forget to add your name to the E-mail you send.

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All members receive the monthly News Bulletins which keeps them up to date on their Council's activities, in addition to supplying articles about care, breeding, training, etc., and reports on sheepdog trials, forthcoming trial dates, historical research, and so on. The regular inclusion of the Breeders' Notes keeps members informed about dogs available for sale.

The latest Stud Register on CD is now available

Search bloodlines of all registered dogs going back more than 40 years, locate a breeder near you, print multi-generation pedigrees going back 10 generation and much more. Get your copy now!

Selection Of Your Pup Or Dog
Extract: “Training notes for farmer” by John Gedye

I have put this near the beginning because of its importance. Your selection should be based around the following:

  • Your own temperament
  • Your mode of transport when working the stock
  • The type and number of sheep and/or cattle you run
  • The size of your property and location re terrain and also temperature zone.
  • Whether you have other working dogs or it is to be your only one
  • Or its main purpose is for trialling

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Animal Welfare Code

The new 'Code of Welfare for Australian Livestock Working Dogs' is now available for download here

The many thousands of dogs working on a daily basis make an enormous contribution to the efficiency of livestock management in Australia’s large agricultural sector, which is responsible for approx 30% of GDP.

The $ value of the work these dogs perform in Primary Production is undefined but would run to $millions annually.