WORKING SHEEP DOGS AND CATTLE DOGS
Sandstock kelpies got its origins because of our discovered necessity for good, strong and calm working dogs who can handle tough, long days in the paddock or yards and the highly demanding job of working the stock trucks. After many years of trial and error, buying, training and selling many excellent, though not perfect, dogs, we feel we now have very close to perfect working kelpies. These kelpies in turn are breeding consistently excellent kelpie pups for sale. All our dogs are true workers. They are not show dogs, display dogs, or used only for trial work. They all have a job to do and they all must do it excellently. All the workers are breeders and all the breeders are workers.
TRAINING AND UTILISING THE WORKING DOG
All our dogs are trained on sheep only. Cattle can be too rough on a puppy or a young dog and they are not as maneuverable as sheep for the handler. Also you cannot teach a dog to back on cattle. On our farm we predominantly run sheep, and occasionally some cattle, and we do not use the dogs on the truck if we are moving cattle. In saying that, all our workers/breeders must be proficient on both sheep and cattle.
KELPIES FOR SALE
We have kelpies for sale all year round, both pups and dogs. We generally do not advertise specific litters of kelpies for sale - whether pups or dogs. They sell when they sell. Many pups are sold on order before conception. If there are dogs here, not sold as pups, then they get trained. We attend certain field days/shows through the year, eg. the Henty Machinery Field Day and the Rutherglen Show, and we have open days on the farm. On these occasions we will have kelpies for sale and we take orders for future sales. Please contact me to find out what kelpies we currently have for sale.