Country/Date of Origin: Australia/1800s
The Kelpie is named for the foundation bitch of the breed, an animal of English bloodlines that was sent to Australia. There, no doubt, an infusion of other working stock dog blood and perhaps a bit of Dingo created a dog that was perfectly sited to the harsh dry conditions of Australia and mountainous wet climate of New Zealand. The breed was first exhibited in 1908. It has been shown sparingly in the United States although it has not achieved full recognition by the American Kennel Club. It can be shown in the Miscellaneous Class, but not for championship points.