dogs

Kelpie, king of the mob

History & Culture

Fast, smart and always raring to go, the kelpie has been a fixture on Australian stations for more than a century. These days, the canine icon is not just a working dog but also a showman and beloved pet to many.

GALLERY: Australia’s high country cattlemen

History & Culture

In her latest book, photographer Melanie Faith Dove depicts Australian mountain cattlemen through four seasons of work, from droving their cattle into the high country during summer, to mustering them home in autumn before the snow falls. In capturing the spirit of the mountain cattlemen, Melanie communicates the challenges they face; in May 2015, grazing cattle was banned in alpine national parks in Victoria, but the legend lives on in State Forests.

Dawn of the dingo

AustroPalaeo

The genes of dingoes, dogs and wolves suggests they all evolved from a long gone ancestor, turning existing theories of dog origins on their heads.

Gallery: A tribute to Aussie working dogs

History & Culture

AUSTRALIAN WORKING DOGS breeds were made to be tough, smart and loyal. The kelpie, cattle dog (heeler), koolie and smithfield were all bred here for skills that are useful on cattle and sheep farms. Many farmers say these breeds are harder workers than many men. Other working breeds such as the border collie were perfected in Scotland in the 18th century, but have done well on the arid Australian land. Andrew Chapman and Melanie Faith Dove have produced these images for their book, Working Dogs.