CREAM KELPIES (The Blondes)
Don't think of them as dumb blondes, instead, remember that Blondes have more fun!
The cream colour in Kelpies, like the Masked, Saddled, Blues and Fawns is not so common these days. Many people don't realise that purebred Australian Working Kelpies can be cream coloured. Some of the best Kelpies in the past have been cream dogs. Our Noonbarra Cream Kelpies all go back to the great Creams & Fawns of the famous old Kalari bloodline. We have always found the creams (or Blondes as some call them) are very popular when available and are often the first pups in a litter to be snapped up by eager customers.
The cream colour ranges from very pale almost white to a very dark golden tan. Many have two shades on them just like a Red & Tan or a Black & Tan Kelpie. For some reason most cream Kelpies have white markings on their face and legs. No one knows why this happens but it occurs in more than 50% of cream coloured Kelpies. Unfortunately the pretty white face markings often fade a bit as the dog matures.
Some Kelpie Studs are well known for their Cream Kelpies such as Scanlons, Koonawarra Downs, Glenville, Riana, Kalari etc. Frank Scanlon, the legendary breeder and trainer once told us that he thought the creamies were some of the best Kelpies he ever owned. Les Tarrant of the famous Rockybar Stud always liked to work with the Creams and have them in his breeding program.
There are quite a few famous and influential cream Kelpies of the past. One of the greatest was the big trial winning Kelpie, Porters Don. Another was Woombi Mist. Another was Glenville Swanee. There were lots of others such as Stiers Sandy, Capree Zap, Whites Toby, and many others.
See photos below.
Whites Toby in NSW State Sheepdog Trial Championship
We have had a few litters with cream Kelpies over the years. Some you can read about and see photos of are:
Noonbarra Jasper II
Noonbarra Jackson II
Noonbarra Daisy II
A cream Noonbarra puppy
Winner in 1987 for 'Best Type' Working Kelpie - Awarded by the Working Kelpie Council of Australia.
She was also a winner of many sheepdog Trials
KOONAWARRA PANDA - A CREAM KELPIE
Noonbarra Jasper II, even as a tiny puppy was very bold and keen on sheep
Cream Noonbarra Kelpies
Noonbarra Scamper in America
Latest edition of this very popular manual designed for all Kelpie owners of every level from raw beginners through to experienced trainers. This practical manual deals with everything involved in owning and training a Kelpie to ensure he grows up to be a well mannered, obedient dog.
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THE ROCKYBAR KELPIES
A GUIDE TO ONE OF THE BEST KNOWN KELPIE STUDS OF THE 20TH CENTURY
We think this book would be an enjoyable read for anyone with even a passing interest in the Kelpie. It would be a great guide for breeders and trainers with information that is impossible to get anywhere else!
The Rockybar Stud, owned by Les Tarrant, was one of the most famous in Australia for half a century and their influence can be seen in Kelpies all over the world today.
Les Tarrant started with Kelpies in the 1930's. He led a life of droving, mustering and working with horses and livestock. In 1950, he set up the Rockybar Kelpie Stud in the far north-western districts of NSW.
We look at some bush characters and old dog men such as the remarkable priest of Goondiwindi, Father McCormack, Stanley McMaster, Frank Scanlon, Stan Collins, and more. We look at the individual dogs in the old Rockybar lines and the more modern lines (after 1980). We have a huge section on Les Tarrant in his own words explaining how to breed Kelpies and the problems and pitfalls to avoid. There is a good chapter of the book dedicated to how to train Kelpies the Rockybar way. Another chapter is on yard work and yard trials.
There are plenty of photographs and some were very hard to obtain. Many (probably most) would never have been seen by the general public before.
Large A4 format. B/W photos throughout. 166 pages.
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Information on Kelpie history & the outstanding Kelpies of the past can be found in the new edition of our book
Softcover 136 pages.
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