Definition of an Australian Kelpie
Ideally should be of athletic build, however if a companion dog only, may be slightly heavier. The dog must look as though it is able to run well.
May be a variety of heights. Some are quite tall dogs and others more compact.
Coat length: Varies from very short to medium length hair. Not shaggy.
Colour: Kelpies come in these colours: Black and tan; red and tan; blue (grey) and tan; fawn and tan. The tan markings are on the face, legs, underbelly and under the tail. Some black and tans may have quite a dark face ie: not a lot of tan. They can also have slightly brindle markings on the tan on legs. There may be a fawn coloured undercoat amongst hairs around neck.
Saddle-back kelpies come in black and tan, red and tan and fawn and tan. These have considerably more tan on face, legs and underbelly. They may have a total face mask of tan.
Plain coloured kelpies can be black; red; blue (grey) and cream or tan.
The absence of white is indicative of the Kelpie breed, however some white on chest and toes is permissible.
White paws, legs, broad white chest, white collar and tip of tail generally define kelpies cross-bred with Border Collies.
The blue merle markings (white with dark spots in it) in dogs with a kelpie build, are commonly indicative of either a Border Collie cross, Koolie cross, or a Cattle dog cross.
Head: Should be balanced in size to the proportion to the body.
Ears: Ideally both ears should be erect, but can be heavier with tips or more, of one or both, down. Large heavy ears, lying flat against the head are not typical of kelpies.
Tail: a variety of lengths, but ideally should be carried low.
Eyes: A variety of colours, usually matching the coat. On blue and tans and blues quite often yellow eyes.
Kelpie High-Jump Rules and Regulations
Casterton Kelpie Association Inc.
- Definition of a Kelpie.
a. A dog/bitch that looks like the Kelpie statue in front of the Casterton Town Hall.
b. And that has an acceptable coat and colouration.The above interpretation is at the discretion of the Casterton Kelpie Association Committee or it’s appointee.
- Each entrant must have completed and signed the Kelpie Festival Entry Form, and agree that “I declare my dog/dogs have been immunised against parvo-virus, distemper and infectious hepatitis at least 14 days prior to and within 12 months of the date of the competition/s. I understand that my dog/dogs and I have entered the competition/s at our own risk and that the conveners and/or their representatives accept no responsibility for any risk or injury, however caused.”
- Judge/Committee reserves the right to exclude any dog/bitch from this event without the owner/handler necessarily being informed of the reason.
- All dogs MUST be kept on lead at all times, until it is their turn to compete in this event.
- Open High Jump - Dogs may start at a nominated height – but once the Board reaches 1.8m, must start and continue as the Board is raised.
- Each dog/bitch may have 3 attempts at the jump at the current height, and shall be disqualified if unsuccessful on the 3rd attempt.
- Judges decision is final.
- Disputes / Protests.
Protests or complaints in writing against any exhibit or exhibitor must be lodged with the Secretary, no longer than 30 minutes of completion of judging of the event being judged, together with a fee of $50, which may be forfeited in the case of the protest or complaint being considered frivolous.
Such protests or complaints shall be decided by the Disputes Committee, whose decision shall be final.
On consideration of the facts, the Disputes Committee has the power to call upon any Exhibitor or person for such information and particulars as they may consider necessary; with onus of proof on the bona-fides of the exhibit or of compliance of the rules and regulations shall rest upon the Exhibitor, unless the Committee shall direct otherwise.Disputes/Protest Committee – shall consist of any 3 persons of the Association’s Committee.