Minimal white markings such as a spot,
stripe or at most a blaze on the chest are preferred. The general
appearance of the Working Australian Kelpie is that of a lithe, active
dog showing hard muscular condition, conveying the capability of
untiring work. Movement and action shall be smooth and effortless,
with a good length of stride.
Size of the working Kelpie in North
America is as follows. Males 20 - 23 inches in height at the
withers. Females 17 - 21 inches in height at the withers. Weight
averages 35 - 45 pounds for males and 26 - 36 pounds for females.
Both sexes have strong but not coarse bone. Length to height is 10 -
9, from the point of breastbone to buttocks.