The Australian Kelpie is a medium sized dog descending from different breeds of sheep dogs that the English and the Scots imported to Australia in the early 19th century. From these herding dogs stem another type of dog which became an invaluable help to the sheep farmers.
The early breeding selections concentrated on the dogs’ working capacities, but eventually breeders’ different objectives caused two types of dogs to form. The Australian Kelpie and the Australian Working Kelpie. These two types are viewed differently depending on where in the world you are, but they are often registered as two separate breeds.
The Australian Kelpie is registered in the Australian National Kennel Council Ltd. (ANKC), and the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI). The Working Kelpie is registered in the Working Kelpie Council of Australia (WKC). The Working Kelpie is not a recognised breed with either the ANKC or the FCI. It is however, recognised in the American Kennel Club (AKC), and the Kennel Club, United Kingdom (KC), which the Australian Kelpie is not.
The Kelpiegallery predominantly concerns the Australian Kelpie. The Working Kelpie is presented on pages under the breed’s proper name or the abbreviation WK. The Australian Kelpie of today is a very versatile breed that has put its best paw forward in a number of areas all over the world. Apart from presenting the breed at dog shows and using it as a herding dog, the Australian Kelpie has scored successes in a number of dog sports, as therapy dogs and also in military patrol, search and rescue, detection, etc.