Australian Kelpie Breed Maintenance
The Australian Kelpie is not a hypoallergenic dog. He does not generally have a strong doggy smell and only requires a bath usually two times a year unless he is working livestock. His coat should be brushed at least once a week to remove dirt and loose hairs. He is a seasonal shedder and during times of intense shedding, he should be brushed more often. A natural bristle brush, comb and slicker brush should be used when grooming the Kelpie. When the Kelpie is out working with the livestock, he will need brushed less often, but may require a dry bath or a full bath when he comes in from the herd. Most Australian Kelpies that are active and working on rougher terrain will naturally wear their toenails down so trimming is not usually needed. Check his nails every few weeks to make sure they are wearing down. Clean his ears weekly to keep infections from occurring.