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Old 10-09-2008, 11:14 AM
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Rudy's head really does look like the Kelpie head photo but they truly are rare in the states. When I first saw the photo, I thought "Shiba mix". I am not sure what else may be in there though.
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Old 10-09-2008, 11:49 AM
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It does look a lot like a kelpie.

My grandmother took one in that showed up on her front porch. Chocolatey colored dog. Looks just like a kelpie. Sadly, she is way overweight and weights around 70 pounds. Very sad.
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I'm going to go with ACD x spitz
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Old 10-09-2008, 11:56 AM
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I think Kelpie mix is a good guess. Maybe Kelpie x Shiba Inu? His body type reminds me of a larger, lankier Shiba, but his profile does look a lot like a Kelpie.
^^^ Exactly what I thought ... Kelpie/Shiba Inu ... and for exactly the reasons you stated!!

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Kelpies are extremely uncommon in the United States.
Ummm ... depends on where you are, U.S. covers a lot of land area.

If you're in the Eastern U.S. then yes, you're seldom if ever gonna see a Kelpie. But they're not uncommon in the far West. We live up by Lake Tahoe, many sheep and cattle ranches just a little east of here have Kelpies as herding dogs. Not all, but many of the ranchers don't spay/neuter their dogs so Kelpie crosses are pretty common here too.

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He was found in Los Banos CA, which is about 2 hours southeast of San Francisco. They do have a lot of farms out there, so maybe some have Kelpies for herding?
That would be not too far from ("close" as in the country definition of "up the road a piece" ) some of the ranches that keep Kelpies as herders.
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Old 10-09-2008, 11:58 AM
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Agree with TGR. Kelpies are pretty common on some farms and ranchs out west They make good ranch hands just like the Border Collie.

I'd say Kelpie mix, too.
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In TX you never see kelpies around.

We get a bunch of border collies and ACDs and crosses of the two. Some Aussies as well...
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I'm going to go with ACD x spitz
That's what my guess would be. There's something about his head that makes me think of an Elkhound, so I do think there is some sort of spitz there.
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Old 10-09-2008, 12:18 PM
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There are a lot of dog breeds in San Fransisco , including the rare ones.
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yes and the odds of a kelpie meeting up with a shiba? LOL.
Shiba x ACD remains my guess, tho the folks guessing Elkhound could well be on to something. The dog is very square and upstanding like a Northern breed.
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^^^ Exactly what I thought ... Kelpie/Shiba Inu ... and for exactly the reasons you stated!!



Ummm ... depends on where you are, U.S. covers a lot of land area.

If you're in the Eastern U.S. then yes, you're seldom if ever gonna see a Kelpie. But they're not uncommon in the far West. We live up by Lake Tahoe, many sheep and cattle ranches just a little east of here have Kelpies as herding dogs. Not all, but many of the ranchers don't spay/neuter their dogs so Kelpie crosses are pretty common here too.



That would be not too far from ("close" as in the country definition of "up the road a piece" ) some of the ranches that keep Kelpies as herders.
Thats interesting because my grandmother lived in California as well when her kelpie looking dog showed up on her porch!

ACD was another breed I thought of even though they are a bit more stocky.
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