Australian Kelpie was originated in Australia as a working dog that used to and still herds livestock. It is a very active and hard-working dog that is not at all suitable in an apartment. Their main purpose is to work so the only place they enjoy staying is on the farm.

Australian Kelpie can give birth to 5-7 puppies at a time. They need good care and proper training when they are still a puppy so they grow up to be a loving dog.


The newborn Australian Kelpie is completely blind, deaf, and toothless. They are weak and fully dependant on their mother for food, defecate, and warmth. They need a warm place, so keep thick and soft clothes for both mother and puppies. As soon as they are born, the mother licks all the puppies’ bodies and clean them.

The puppies should not bathe when they are born as they might get cold and other health problems.

Neonatal Stage (0-2 Weeks)

This is the stage where they are fragile and very sensitive. They cannot see, hear their mother, so they follow the sense of the smell for the mark that they have left on their mother’s breast. The Australian Kelpie puppies are not able to walk, so they crawl to get to their mother’s place.

Australian Kelpie newborn puppy
Australian Kelpie newborn puppy.
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The puppies should only be fed with mother’s milk as they are rich in antibodies that help prevent any kind of serious health problems. The mother helps them to defecate and pee as they cannot do that on their own. She licks their belly to stimulate them to defecate and pee.

Transitional Stage (2-4 Weeks)

The stage where the puppies get to see and hear their mother for the first time is a transitional stage. Their eyes slowly open up around 10-12 days and they can see a vivid picture around them. By the end of the second week, they start to hear the sound from around them. They get familiar with the voice of their mother and other littermates.

By third weeks, they begin to start the wobbly walks around and slowly start playing with their mother and littermates.

Socialization Stage (4-16 Weeks)

This is the stage where your Australian Kelpie puppies need to exposed to the outer world. Slowly expose them to the outer world and introduce them to new people and other canines. They need to be leashed trained first so they do not feel uncomfortable while walking and they do not runoff. Introduce them to different people and other canines in the park.

Australian Kelpie cute little puppy
Australian Kelpie cute little puppy.
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The puppies are very enthusiastic at this time, so obedience training should be started to control them and make them well-behaved. It is also time for their vaccination for DHPP, parvovirus infection, distemper. Rabies vaccination should be given between 12-24 weeks.

Juvenile Stage (4-6 Months)

The juvenile stage is where the Australian Kelpie puppies are more of adults than puppies. The puppies should be enrolled in more advanced training as they are a working dog who needs good physical exercise and mental stimulation. You will get to learn about their temperament at this age due to which you can train them and guide them accordingly.

Adolescence Stage (6-12 Months)

The puppy hits the adolescent period when they are between 6 to 12 months. The puppy face is gone and they look more mature but deep inside they behave still like a puppy which will go gradually. Establish consistent leadership upon them as they need a very active and good leader. Training should be continued with new commands and tricks.

Australian Kelpie Dog
Australian Kelpie Dog making a funny face.
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They should be given supplements and a complete balanced diet for their happy and healthy life.

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