Known to be an agile and active breed, the Australian kelpie needs types of food that can supply him with energy that he needs to do his daily tasks. To guarantee that he develops lean muscles to do the job, the breed requires a diet rich in meat protein. Meat products like chicken can be ideal. Bits of fresh fruits like apples and carrots can also be included in his diet.
The Australian kelpie can be fed with excellent-quality dry dog food. Keep away from dog food that has plant-based proteins as the main ingredient. Instead, find dog food brands that use animal-based proteins. This is because meat proteins can be easily digested by dogs.
You can also mix canned food, broth, or water mixed with your chosen dog food. Your Australian kelpie may be fond of fruits, vegetables, cooked eggs, and cottage cheese, but these types of food should not make up more than 9 per cent of his daily food intake. As always, provide fresh, clean water for your dog, and make sure to wash his water and food bowls after feeding.
Since this breed’s active lifestyle particularly affects his joints over time, your Australian kelpie needs to be given nutrients like glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate to help protect his joints. These nutrients support joint and bone health and reduce arthritic wear over time. He may also need antioxidants to reduce oxidative stress on cells and slow degeneration. Omega-3 fatty acids, which are known anti-inflammatories, can improve mobility, so you also need to add these to his diet.
An Australian kelpie pup between eight and twelve weeks needs four meals a day. Whilst a kelpie puppy that is three to six months old should be fed three meals every day. When he is already six months old to one year old, your Australian kelpie only needs to be fed two meals a day.
Below is a rough guide of how much food he needs according to age. Note that the puppy’s build should be taken into consideration when feeding. For example, if he is overweight, it is best to lessen daily the amount of food that you serve him.
- 2 months old - 173 g to 208 g
- 3 months old - 199 g to 252 g
- 4 months old - 211 g to 298 g
- 5 months old - 214 g to 319 g
- 6 months old - 214 g to 341 g
- 8 months old - 177 g to 305 g
- 12 months old - 219 g to 237g
An adult Australian kelpie needs at least two meals daily. Check the guide below to know how much food is recommended for a fully mature kelpie. You may adjust the amount depending on his energy levels.
- Dog weighing 14 kg can be fed 178g to 234g
- Dog weighing 20 kg can be fed 232g to 305g
You may need to know that working kelpies have different nutrient and caloric needs compared to their domestic counterparts, but both have similar requirements. An adult Australian kelpie weighing 13 kilos needs to consume approximately 660 calories per day. On the other hand, a working Australian kelpie may need more than 900 calories a day so he can accomplish his daily activities.