The Australian Kelpie is a lithe, active dog, capable of untiring work. He is extremely intelligent, alert, and eager with unlimited energy.
The general appearance shall be that of a lithe, active dog of great quality, showing hard muscular condition combined with great suppleness of limb and conveying the capability of untiring work. It must be free from any suggestion of weediness. Imp
The head is in proportion to the size of the dog. The overall shape and contours produce a rather fox like expression, which is softened by the almond-shaped eyes. Skull: Slightly rounded and broad between the ears. The forehead running in a straigh
Neck: The neck is of moderate length, strong, slightly arched, gradually moulding into the shoulders, free from throatiness and showing a fair amount of ruff. Topline: Firm, level. Loins: Strong and well muscled. Flanks of good depth. Cr
General appearance: The forelegs should be muscular with strong but refined bone, straight and parallel when viewed from the front. Shoulder: Clean, muscular, well sloping with the shoulder-blades close set at the withers. Upperarm: Should be
General appearance: Should show breadth and strength. When viewed from behind, the hind legs, from the hocks to the feet, are straight and placed parallel, neither close nor too wide apart. Stifle (Knee): Well turned. Hock joint: Fairly well let dow
Hair: The coat is a double coat with a short dense undercoat. The outer coat is close, each hair straight, hard and lying flat, so that it is rain-resisting. Under the body, to behind the legs, the coat is longer and forms near the thigh a mild form of br