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.
For a twelve month trial period an opportunity is being provided for all Member/Breeders who hold a WKC prefix, breed an occasional litter and whose dogs are used for livestock management to be listed both on the WKC Breeders Directory and the WKC internet 'Locate a Breeder' Website. You will be required to make an application for a Breeders Directory listing and fill in the form at the end of the By-laws a copy of which is included with this issue. A name only listing will cost $5.00. A listing with advertising right in both places will cost an extra $35.00 for a full year or $20.00 for a half year. Members who already hold Breeders Directory listings need to fill in the same form to renew and can chose whether they want a full or name only listing.
Breeder Directory and Locate a Breeder Proposal
The aim of the WKC Locate a Breeder Webpage on the internet is to give buyers an easy way of locating and contacting breeders of proven registered working strain dogs within their local area. Although the test of the 'Locate a Breeder' page has been active for only two months it is already the second most popular page on the Website.
As at 30 June 2010, there were 10,705 specialised sheep farms and 40,854 farms beef cattle in Australia.
A specialised farm means the farmer only produces sheep or cattle they do not produce crops. When you add in non-specialised framers the total number of sheep and cattle farmers is much greater. If on average 20% of the specialised sheep and cattle farmers buy a pup every year then that works out to a total of 8500 pups. Over the last five years 2,500 pups (per year) have been WKC registered (in the main register) on average. So many of the working dogs on properties are not registered Kelpies and farmers need to be encouraged to purchase registered working strain dogs from registered WKC breeders.
Your Board has recently devoted a considerable amount of time looking at ways to co-ordinate the two services and encourage breeders to support both the WKC Breeders Directory and the Locate a Breeder programs whilst at the same time ensuring that only genuine working stock is being offered. To do this it has decided (for one year) to try incorporating the Breeder Directory and Locate a Breeder information into a single Webpage with three categories of breeders all of whom will have been required to make application for a listing and agree to abide by the Breeders Directory By-laws currently in force. The three categories will be;
All can chose a Listing on 'Locate a Breeder' and/or on 'WKC Breeders' Directory' for only $5.00 per year. Or plus a listing of Pups or dogs for sale (advertising) in the Bulletin and Webpage for an additional fee:- full year $35.00 or ½ year $20.00.
All WKC financial members who hold a WKC recorded prefix are entitled to apply to be listed in the Locate a Breeder Webpage and/or the WKC Breeders’ Directory provided their brood stock is or has been used for commercial livestock management or has been WKC approved and they agree to be bound by the Breeders Directory By-laws and applicable conditions.
Data on the internet 'Locate a Breeder' is not compulsory. Breeders can chose not to be listed, or to limit the listing information to, say, name, status (Provisional, Intermediate of Full status) and postcode only or have full information such as Stud Name, Address, City/Suburb, State, Postcode, Phone (home, fax and mobile) Contact name, E-mail address, Website address. Alternatively Breeders can take WKC Breeders Directory only.
Research Has Dispelled The Myth Once And For All That Dogs Only See In Black And White.
Extract: How does a dog smell? Awful, but he sees in colour by: Neil Keene The Daily Telegraph July 25, 2013
An experiment in Russia on eight different breeds has proved pups see the world in blue, yellow and myriad shades in between. Scientists have long believed dogs could see in a range of colours but the latest research confirmed canines do not just rely on levels of brightness to discern different objects.
Dogs in the Russian Academy of Sciences research were shown pieces of paper in different colours and shades, with one particular colour triggering a food reward. Even when different shades of that colour were presented, the dogs knew which one to pick - indicating they were making their decision based on colour rather than brightness. Read more....
A Tribute To Sheepdogs Extract from the out of print 'The Canine King' James L Moore
It is the sheepman, par excellence who can truly appreciate the dominant part the sheepdog has played and is playing in Australia's economic life. In a welter of changing ideas the sheepdog alone is changeless. He asks no wages, demands no working conditions, cares nothing for the price at which wool is sold. He is always awake to his master's interests, will work 24 hours a day if called upon, does not understand disaffection, the one unforgivable sin to him being infidelity. read more....
2014 National Kelpie Field Trial Championships
The 2014 NKFTC will be hosted by the SA Yard Dog Association and held on Brinkley Station, Tailim Bend SA between 26 and 29 March 2014. read more....
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!
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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.
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!
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.