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Old 06-11-2012, 06:40 PM
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I am having a hard time finding my next performance dog! The sport mix I was going to get, the female never came into heat and she's thinking about delaying the litter until next summer. I want a puppy this summer/fall if at all possible. I thought about getting an ACD but could not for the life of me find a litter that could do performance - and I contacted a load of people who were very nice and very honest about the drive level in AKC ACDs and the expectations I have for my next performance dog in terms of drive. Plus, I want him to get along with my GSD. I basically like strong herding breeds with loads of drive and anywhere from 20-60 lbs. Maybe the fact that I'm not being super picky is making my search more difficult. I also have been contacting the local rescues and shelters and looking for what I want there.

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I have gotten ahold of a couple of working Kelpie breeders that sound wonderful! Is there anything I need to worry about getting a Kelpie in the US vs importing one? I am open to importing if need be but it would obviously be cheaper to stick state-side. Also, any breeder recommendations that are just outstanding? Any advice in general? Everything I've read has said that Kelpies are ACDs without the bad attitude and that in general, they are dog friendly or neutral. Sounds perfect, looks fast, powerful, drivey and loves to work. Any info welcome!
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:45 PM
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You should talk to MeganP. She has a few working bred Kelpies.
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Old 06-11-2012, 11:22 PM
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Hey there what would the Kelpie be used in?
I know that you say you would like a dog with lots of drive if you are using the dog for agility getting from working lines probably would not be a good idea, if you are using the dog for sheep herding trails that would be a better suit but should be done with caution, they work best in what they were bred for and thats ranch work, they are a very "raw" breed and many breeders are trying to keep them within their roots and that is herding. They are very "ranchy" dogs and for training you are going to find they work better with less pressure and more instinct, sheep trials and stock dog competition do frown upon this as their instinctive actions do not fall within the guide lines. For sheep trials in general or anything along the lines I would go with a breeder from the US, for actual working dogs (being used for ranch work) I have a breeder from Canada that has great bloodlines which include Karana Abba as a 3rd generation, or from Australia. I think to people Kelpies sound great on paper, but they are a very impressionable, they can turn very soft and timid, they are not like a ACD in they way that they are "hard" you have to allow Kelpies to develop that through working cattle or sheep on their own not by commands saying go here go there walk stop, lay down, you have to let them use their mind to work, not yours.They are a truly an amazing breed, just a fore warning about working lines, this is not to turn you off of the breed, just a little info about working lines from someone who has two working Kelpies.

If you have any questions please ask, even if it about bloodlines or breeders in Canada I know ALOT about them. Goodluck!
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:29 AM
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Thanks! I have spoken to THIS breeder (the link button is broken...http://www.brokenstirrupranch.com/kelpies.html) and she said she has placed her Kelpies in working (ranch), agility and pet homes and they are fine. She has three pups and two are going to repeat buyers. I think I'm going to take the third pup. She said he likes toys, goes for tennis balls like crazy and that he should do well in my sports and make a good companion/pet. We train every night in some venue - IPO (protection, tracking, obedience), flyball, agility, rally, dock jumping (yes, we practice this) and when we can we get the dogs out to herding (just for fun until something more frequent is available) and lure coursing. I was very straight-forward about wanting a dog that could settle in the house/had medium energy but had drive to do sports with high repetition. Beyond the training, we also take the dogs for walks, hikes and runs usually every day as well, or every other depending on what we're training. If it's flyball and they're doing wind sprints for most of the evening, we don't take them anywhere else LOL What do you think?
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:24 AM
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She has three pups and two are going to repeat buyers. I think I'm going to take the third pup. She said he likes toys, goes for tennis balls like crazy and that he should do well in my sports and make a good companion/pet.
If you get a Kelpie you need to keep me updated because they are a breed I really do like when I see the right one.

And as far as using ranch dogs for sport: Koolies are similar to Kelpies without any split in the breed and they are becoming popular for sport in Australia using farm and ranch dogs. The ranch/farm work seems to translate well into agility, disc dog and so on.

And you gotta keep in mind Megan that a lot of training is done by letting the dog figure stuff out by themselves. Learning to learn, not just lure into this, dragged into this and so on. So, I'm not an expert in Kelpies or any sports really but I think there is a lot more mental work that they would excel at going on in sports.

But, as I said, I'm not an expert in Kelpies! Just an admirer or them
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:53 AM
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I train with a few Kelpie mixes, no purebreds, and honestly they can be difficult to train and properly motivate in sports other than herding.

Two in particular I've trained heavily with:

Sarge is a kelpie/whippet, he kicks butt at lure coursing but he's been hell on training in flyball. He'll get there someday, that or agility maybe, but he's not as easy and natural as they were hoping he'd be. He's entirely positively trained.


Casey is a kelpie/border, he did okay in agility until his joints fell apart. He's ball obsessive, slightly stranger aggressive, can be pretty reliably aloof with strange dogs, has pretty high prey drive for strange small dogs, slow and frustrating to train, but a pleasure to work with over all. He was on his way to a MACH when he was injured and he's now had 5 surgeries and he's got the best winners attitude I've ever known. I'm honestly not sure how many other dogs would be able to smile and play after all he's been through. He's been trained with a lot of correction.
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Sarge is a kelpie/whippet, he kicks butt at lure coursing but he's been hell on training in flyball. He'll get there someday, that or agility maybe, but he's not as easy and natural as they were hoping he'd be. He's entirely positively trained.
That sounds like a Whippet. We have numerous in my area that are in flyball and that is exactly what they are - difficult to motivate and get to pay attention and do the thing that is being asked. Once they are trained though, they are awesome. Just a slow process
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And as far as using ranch dogs for sport: Koolies are similar to Kelpies without any split in the breed and they are becoming popular for sport in Australia using farm and ranch dogs. The ranch/farm work seems to translate well into agility, disc dog and so on.
Interesting perspective. Hope it's true!
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:09 AM
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That sounds like a Whippet. We have numerous in my area that are in flyball and that is exactly what they are - difficult to motivate and get to pay attention and do the thing that is being asked. Once they are trained though, they are awesome. Just a slow process
Eh, he's not very whippety, when he goes against other whippets in training he's even lower. I trained with TnGs whippets though so they may be at an advantage.

He's a Connie Croley dog so it could be the breeding too.

Sweet, sweet boy but it's a miracle anything interests him. I think he'll be a stellar therapy dog though.

I do think Kelpies are really cool dogs, I'd love to know some purebred ones to see how they are.
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We now have 2 in my agility club and i know 2 that another agility lady has, all from the same breeder and related somehow. Super smart dogs with their primary activity being agility, they do settle in the house nicely if that's what you reinforce early on. I love them, super fun goofy boy kelpies but serious when they need to be. My friends is only 6 months old and he knows basic manners and some cute tricks and is just an awesome boy. They're considered "true" Australian working kelpies as the breeders stock is from Australia itself and are used on the ranch for working purposes.
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