Karmala Australian Working Kelpie Stud


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The stud is situated about 40 km south of Toowoomba near the historic village of Nobby, famous for Rudd’s Pub;  here Australian writer Arthur Hoey Davis, better known as ‘Steele Rudd’, wrote some of his well known Dad and Dave stories. The old house where he lived is just down the road from Karmala.

Established at Lake Bolac in the Victorian Western District, the move to the Downs was made in 2001 when Jan ‘retired’ from farming. This move necessitated an adjustment in breeding emphasis to suit the Queensland market’s demand for dogs that can work cattle as well as sheep.

Foundation dogs were chosen from lines of clever mustering dogs and sires are generally chosen from dogs performing well in testing conditions. This is very important, as there is insufficient work on a small property to fully assess dogs.

Healthy puppies grow into healthy dogs...these pups are already sharing their mother's food. Matt's team IMG_3493 Mel&Gcr

August 2018

This year seems to be flying by, it’s surely not a month since I sat down last time to update this blog! We’re having frosts again but it’s so dry there are no added bonuses…like pretty dewdrops on cobwebs. Not even white frost on grass….well, there’s not much grass either! But the water troughs and tins are freezing over, it’s been down to -5′. Lovely sunsets and sunrises but so bare and dry..


20180702_171449Happily a number of pups left for their new homes in July, but I still have a few nice older boys and am about to get them going on sheep so I can film them. Read more…

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