The Echidna's short snout

The short snout Echidna It is the only species of Echidna of Australia. It is easy to recognize by their sharp spines, short legs and long snout.

Measured between 30 and 45 cm.. and weigh between 2 and 5 kg. Found on Australia, including Tasmania. While found in all Australia, It is not as common in Sydney as it was before. The body, with the exception of the bottom, the face and the legs, It is covered with cream-coloured spines. These thorns, that it reach 50 length mm, they are actually modified hairs.

It lives in forests and woodlands, grasslands, heathland and arid environments.

The Echidna is shy and moves slowly. Is solitary most of the year, but in time of mating several males may follow a female. Their patterns of activity differ according to the location and temperature – in the warmer areas of Australia is completely nocturnal, through the rest of the day resting in the heat. It usually took refuge in rotten logs, stumps or Burrows, either under bushes. In more temperate areas activity occurs at sunset, While in the South of Australia the echidnas are often active during the day, especially during the winter.

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Kelpie Australian
Australian Kelpie

Kelpie Australiano

The Kelpie Australian or Australian Kelpie He is a native of Australia grazing dog. Weighs between 12 and 22 kilos and reach a height between 43 and 50 cm to the cross. Their hair color can be black, red, Blue or fawn. Is classified as a dog by the FCI.

The inhospitable and unknown environment of Australia forced the English and Scottish settlers to select a few working dogs who adapt to the conditions of the country - much larger spaces, herd many great rebel breed Merino sheep, and the tremendous heat-.

The MOH (as they call in Australia to the flock) We had to pick it up in pens of the ranch or the station to spend the night protecting it from Aboriginal dingoes and so will not lose. This was missing a really worker dog who knew meet and direct the herd, more than the typical pastor of their country of origin.

Many areas of England had developed its own line of pastor, almost always with the name of the region or the owner. Most of them have lost today, but in 1.800 still existed when it had its heyday emigration to Australia. Many breeds were introduced in Australia, and those who served in the new environment were used and were crossed with each other.

One of the first types that proved ideal for Australian conditions was the North County Collie Rutherford. These dogs were of short hair, erect ear or semi, black or black and fire, and they were described by G. S. "Kempe as dogs"robust construction and brave temperament with a large head and powerful JAWS”.

Several members of the Rutherford family emigrated from Scotland to Australia, and they received a good batch of these dogs of their families. Other people soon saw the abilities of these dogs and wanted Cubs of this line. There are doubts about itself stayed pure 100%, that pragmatic owners of herds crossing their good females of working with the best dogs that could be found, No matter your genealogy. But the line Rutherford formed the basis for the breed now known as Kelpie.

At the end of the 19th century, a rancher called Gleason changed a horse by a black female puppy and raised in Victoria fire, parents imported line Rutherford. He called “Kelpie”, which in Gaelic means Ondine, and proved to be a splendid worker. The dog was known as "Gleason´s Kelpie", and it was their descendants who gave the name to the breed. This original Kelpie was crossed twice with “MOSS”, a black Australian dog, Rutherford line, and then with “Caesar”, a black dog and fire of purely Scottish parents. This latest litter with Caesar would give the most famous Kelpie of history. A black female and fire, also called “Kelpie“, It was given to G. T. W. King. The Kelpie (the second) He won the first working with herd dogs competition held in Australia. This victory has raised the interest in this line.

The Kelpie breed is based on these early, with crosses over the years with other lines. The race is essentially English, without the introduction of the Dingo. They left many good work Black dogs line created sobre “MOSS”, especially one called “Barb”.

For many years it was believed that black specimens were a separate race called Barb. Had other lines known by the names of his best dogs or its owner, but soon unified all under the name of Kelpie.

His head bears a resemblance to a Fox, but it differs from these by their almond-shaped eyes. Its overall texture is compact and muscular, but flexible, measuring the males among 46 to 51 cm and females between 43 to 48 cm.. Their coat is double layer, having a dense inner layer, and a foreign hard hair, prepared so that it is resistant to rain. It is long by the belly, becoming a fringe in the hind, While the rest of the extremities have a short hair. The neck has a long and thick hair forming a collar.

The color of the Kelpie is highly variable, through a range of dark colors to reds, These can be: Black, Black and Tan, Red, Fire and Red, Griffon, Chocolate, Smoke.

Although it is nice and easy to train, great energy and desire to work do not fit to live inside the House or an apartment. They do much to a single owner, and although he is loyal and intelligent, is very independent, essential aspect of his work.

The Kelpie is very smart, laborious and is always alert. It has also a docile disposition and an almost inexhaustible energy. On the other hand, It shows a great loyalty and devotion to work. It has a natural instinct for working with the sheep, both in the field, as in the poultry. Due to its great muscle ability in conjunction to his great energy and elasticity, arguably one of the best available for the working dogs, in general.

The Kelpie has also proven effective with pigs, horses, goats, birds and even reindeer. They are ex officio workers, and there are numerous stories of feats of specimens of the breed, Despite being injured.

The statistics of labour saving are amazing, and many American farmers are aware of the value of these dogs. Although by nature he is a shepherd, the Kelpie can be taught to work with cattle. The Kelpie was bred for working livestock is strong, and many can guide both push. They can be very useful to gather the sheep, taking them in pens, making them pass through bathrooms, making them upload to trucks and cars, and even “riding them” (weighing on his back) If trapped on channel loading. A team of Kelpie can be sent to gather a herd of cattle, While the owner waiting at the door of the corral. They can make them go through the veterinary vaccination, help load them, and bring them road down towards another grass.

Also, also used for other purposes apart from grazing, as search and rescue, Dog Guide and drug detection.

It is estimated that a 70.000 to 80.000 Kelpie are currently working in Australian ranches, It is the race of the largest pastor of the country, and the owners say that a good Kelpie is equivalent to two men on horseback.

Kelpie Australian

Cattle dog
Cattle Dogs according to the FCI



Known by the name of Sennenhund dog a number of breeds of dog traditionally have been used for the management and conduct of cattle.

The FCI breeds of Sennenhund dogs classified into two distinct groups based on their appearance.
In Group I, Section 2, He placed Sennenhund dogs Lupoid appearance (similar to a Wolf) and in Group II, Section 3, to the trotting of mountain.

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Pastor australiano Stumpy Tail
Autralia FCI 287

Stumpy Tail

As indicated by the name, the primary function of the dog, and which has no equal, is the control and grazing livestock in open areas or confined, as well as harsh conditions.
Always alert, extremely intelligent, vigilant, of great courage and reliability, with an implicit devotion to his task, making it an ideal working dog with Cattle.


The "Stumpy Tail" has a long history in Australia, He was carefully bred for herding cattle at the beginning of the nineteenth century.
There are two seculars of thought to the actual founder of the race:

– The first version is that Thomas Simpson Hall crossed the dogs herding Northern England Smithfields with indigenous Australian Dingos, creating the first Australian Shepherds called Hall's Heeler (1830).

– The second version is that a rancher named Timmins of Bathurst New South Wales, that in 1830 Smithfields crossed with native Australian Dingo dog, progeny, red, tailless, They were known as "TIMMINS BITERS".

The dogs were excellent at work, but too severe with cattle. Another cross was needed. A smooth collie Blue Merle was introduced, This established an excellent versatile dog, the predecessor of the current Stumpy Tail sheepdog.

Smithfield contributed to the dog naturally be rabón, Dingo the red color and a natural acceptance of harsh conditions.
The color blue came from the Collie Blue Merle who were also known as German Coolies.

Generally "Stumpy Tail" were raised in vast rural areas of Australia and only a small number of them were registered in the logbook.

In the 2001, this ancient race was renamed the Australian Stumpy Tail Shepherd Dog.

CLASSIFICATION FCI: Group 1 Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs).
Section 2 Sennenhund Dogs.
Without working trial.

Russian white


Mavis L. Australia Jones began the breeding of White Russians in 1970, When acquired rose, a white domestic short hair, Russia brought by an officer of the Embassy of Thailand. In 1971, Mrs Jones recorded his first generation of White Russians. In July of 1975 they were granted full registration, eligible to compete with the status of championship.

Standards for whites are identical to the of the Blues, with the exception of the colour of the mantle, It should be pure white, with no indication of discolouration.

Russian black

The black Russian was created in 1971, derived from the Russian Blue, and they were accepted as true Russian cats in Australia. These hybrid colors are admitted in some records and others only to a limited extent.

The standard of the breed is exactly the same as the of a Russian Blue, with the exception of the color.

All the Russians raised in Australia have big ears in an upright position, straight profile, green almond-shaped eyes, You pillows in the Chin and a double layer of plush. The layer color is bright and colour is an intense Black.

Marbled Mist

Australian Mist version, changed pattern tabby in marked hazy background color.

The only difference with the Australian Mist is that in the Marbled stains on the face shall be replaced by the symmetrical patches of darker color burst with a lighter color spots, everything on a pale background and instead of being evenly ringed tail has a beautiful irregular embroidered Festoon. Both share a spotted belly.

See Australian Mist.

Australia FCI 8 . Small sized Terrier

Terrier Australiano

The Aussie (Australian Terrier) It is a breed of dog in the Terrier family, classified in the section 2.
It is a lively dog, attentive, with a facial expression that denotes intelligence, loyalty and faithfulness.

Sometimes it might be dominant so that a good training from an early age would be the right thing.

Read all the information in the race by clicking on: Australian Terrier.

Dogs breeds: Aussie

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