Australian Kelpie vs Dingo

Compare the Australian Kelpie to the Dingo. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Australian Kelpies and Dingos.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - The Australian Kelpie is an okay choice for new or inexperienced owners, but the Dingo is not recommended for new owners.
  • Children - The Australian Kelpie is okay with children, but the Dingo does not do well with children.
  • Grooming - Both breeds have low maintenance coats, but the Australian Kelpie is easier to groom.
  • Barking - The Australian Kelpie bark/howls frequently. The Dingo has a low tendency to bark.
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Australian Kelpie vs Dingo
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Breed NameAustralian KelpieDingo
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoMaybe
Lifespan12-15 yrs.14-16 yrs.
Height18-22 in.20-24 in.
Weight30-60 lb20-45 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryAustraliaAustralia
Origin Year1900 AD1500 BC
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodPoor
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyBelow AveragePoor
Pet FriendlyGoodPoor
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageVery Poor
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Willing To Please
  • Aggressive
  • Stubborn
Living Environment
ApartmentNoNo
IndoorNoNo
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹30°F to 80°F0°F to 100°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenRarely
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelVery HighHigh
Exercise RequiredVery HighHigh
Top Running Speed24 mph25 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceMediumLow
SheddingMediumLow
DanderMediumLow
Drool AmountLowMedium

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameAustralian KelpieDingo
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoYes
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentYesYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingAverageAverage
ChasingAverageAverage
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingAverageAverage
GuardingAverageHigh
HerdingHighBelow Average
HuntingAverageAverage
ProtectionAverageHigh
Remove VerminAverageHigh
SleddingAverageBelow Average
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameAustralian KelpieDingo
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.14-16 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Canine DistemperNoYes
Cerebellar AbiotrophyYesNo
Collie Eye AnomalyYesNo
Heart WormsNoYes
Hip DysplasiaYesNo
OsteoarthritisYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesNo
Progressive Retinal AtrophyYesNo
TapewormsNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameAustralian KelpieDingo
Coat
FurYesYes
HairYesNo
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Single CoatYesYes
Smooth CoatYesYes
Coat Texture
RoughYesNo
StraightYesYes
SilkyNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesYes
BlueYesNo
BrownYesNo
CreamYesYes
FawnYesNo
RedYesNo
TanYesYes
WhiteYesNo
Black&tanNoYes
Reddish BrownNoYes
YellowNoYes
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