I'm a lover of all things 'dog' (particularly the exploration of cross breeds - and just like to write about man's best friend.
When you want to get a dog in your life that you can spend a lot of time around, you often want to go for a smaller dog.
Smaller dogs tend to be a bit easier to control and to keep an eye on, though they can be quite aggressive and energetic until they get used to your way of living.
If that sounds like the kind of dog that you would like to go for, then why don’t you take a look at getting yourself a Border Collie Kelpie mix?
For many dog owners, these bundles of joy are the perfect dog for the home!
What Exactly is this Cross Breed?
As you might imagine, a Border Collie Kelpie mix is a dog that is a mix of a Kelpie and a Border Collie.
This leads to a strong herding animal given the background of both of its parents.
However, they are not a big breed of dog – not all the time, anyway - so you can enjoy raising one without having to worry about it becoming too powerful for you.
With that in mind, we recommend that you take a look at why getting one might be good for your family.
This strong herding background does mean they tend to prefer the big open areas as often as is possible.
If you are someone who spends a lot of time indoors or is out from the home often, then you might find forming a relationship with these dogs quite challenging.
Appearance - What Do they Look Like?
The way that they look is often quite a hard one to work out or guess.
Many times, they can look totally different from one another.
Indeed, take two Border Collie Kelpie mixes from the same litter and you would struggle to believe they are brother and/or sister.
They are usually going to have dominant traits from one of their parents, though, so you should normally see a kind of 70/30 mix in terms of traits and visual appearance.
When comparing their parents, a Kelpie is usually around 17-20” in height.
Meanwhile, a Border Collie is around 19-22” in height.
Weight-wise, they tend to be quite a unique looking pair of dogs.
Normally, they could be anything from 30-50lbs – with a Kelpie averaging around 31-46lbs – meaning that your cross will often fall in the weighted average of the Border Collie more than the Kelpie.
However, in terms of their looks, it really is a bit of a mixed bag.
One thing we can say for sure is that regardless of physical appearance and/or size, the mix is likely to be a dog that has a lot of athleticism and energy.
Don’t expect them to be chunky or lazy dogs: these are the kind of canines that go all-day, every-day. They don’t really have an ‘off’ button, so you usually need to tire them out to the point where they have no more energy left to give!
That is why so many people choose to get one, though.
They are strong and athletic dogs that love the outdoors, and you should find it much easier to get this dog to be happy if you are able to get it outdoors a lot.
They hate gaining weight, so finding ways to keep the weight down would be very much recommended!
One thing we also recommend that you pay attention for is their shedding of the coat.
This is always quite strenuous and can leave the whole place covered in hair, so be prepared for it.
It’s not really intentional, but most dogs in the mix range will have coats that shed all over the place!
Personality, Temperament & Traits
In terms of its looks and appearance, these look like quite fearsome dogs to some.
However, you will be happy to know that often it's their politeness shining through in the wrong way.
As happy and high-energy dogs, the Border Collie Kelpie mix is a canine that will keep on going all day long.
As soon as they see you, expect them to be leaping around all over the place: these are dogs with almost boundless amounts of energy.
A such, you often get a dog that is going to be very energetic and hard work at first.
Until it learns to live life the way that you do, it will be a dog that is hard to keep in the one place.
That rich herding background really shines through in those moments, reminding you why this dog was once among the best breeds for herding and farming.
However, if you are looking for a dog to go jogging with or a canine to have as part of an active family, you should be able to get alone without any issue.
Behaviourally, these are brilliant dogs.
We just recommend that you keep an eye on any type of these mix with kids; they are not aggressive or violent at all, but they can overstep the mark without meaning it.
It’s vital that you use strict positive reinforcement to let any of these know that it has done the job you asked of it.
They react well to praise.
It’s down to these reasons that we recommend you take a closer look at this particular mix of dog.
It’s one of the best canine breeds for those who are going to be outside a lot.
Sedentary lifestyles, though, need not apply.
Diet & Feeding
The food side of owning a Border Collie Kelpie mix is a tough one to get used to.
Most of the time, we recommend that you feed it as much raw food as you can.
The raw food diet is a brilliant choice for this kind of dog: they often get a lot out of being fed in this manner.
However, you should look to make sure that food portions are managed.
Take your dog to a vet and see what they would recommend feeding you Border Collie Kelpie cross in both food options and food quantities.
This should to avoid the danger of over-eating: a condition that could put the life and well-being of your dog at needless risk.
Exercising & Fitness
For exercise, make sure you get them outside as often as you can.
This is a herding background animal, so it will expect to be outside more than it is indoors.
This is the kind of mix that will not be too keen to spend time indoors – it will be happy to get quite destructive if you just leave them floating around the home without support.
So, make sure that your diary makes ample space for a lot of long walks and runs.
Whether it’s flat terrain or hilly terrain, your animal will love being able to send itself off into the distance and just hurtle around chasing items, objects, other animals etc.
For that reason, we recommend trying to take it for strenuous hikes and walks during the summer months, and especially on weekends.
A dog like this will love being able to get outdoors and to spend hours walking around and just taking in the world.
If you are serious about forming a bond that lasts, you should pay close attention to this.
If you don’t tire out your Border Collie Kelpie mix, expect it to become quite aggressive and agitated.
They can become a bit destructive, so be sure to keep an eye on that.
It will often cause a lot of problems if you keep on allowing your canine to sit around all day, so make sure you take their passion and desire for fitness seriously.
This mix is like many other hybrids in that it tends to have genetic health issues.
These issues are often related to their parents, but they can often be dealt with in time if caught early enough.
One thing that we do recommend is that you look to get a breeder who will give you a full guarantee on the health of any dog or puppy that you take on.
This means getting verification that your dog has been checked for problems and sings of:
- Renal failure and eye issues, such as cataracts, which can form early.
- Hip dysplasia and other discomforts in the joints, which is quite common.
- Bloating and other weight gain issues that can lead to discomfort.
- Skin problems and issues with their coat, which can become quite messy.
If any of these problems appear apparent, then we recommend that you take your cross mix to get checked out as soon as you can.
Sadly, some of these issues are hard to avoid.
Others, though, could be dodged if you were to take your dog through life by feeding it right and caring for it accordingly.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2019 Harry Sheen