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How did the kelpie get its name?

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I've just been reading a novel that refers to the Loch Ness monster as a kelpie.  I had to look that up, and found that the mythological kelpie is/was a water spirit and some accounts have it to be a shape shifter.  How on earth did a dryland herding dog come by the name? 

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From a female dog who was called kelpie after the water sprites - well at least that's what I've been led to believe anyway. That bitch was the foundation for the type that would emerge. 

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13 minutes ago, mackiemad said:

From a female dog who was called kelpie after the water sprites - well at least that's what I've been led to believe anyway. That bitch was the foundation for the type that would emerge. 

what I have always been led to believe as well. A top notch working bitch called Kelpie. Her pups were often called Kelpie's pups which became Kelpie

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