About The Koolie Club

Koolie Introduction

The Koolie Club of Australia Inc. was formed in April 2000, by a small group of Koolie enthusiasts who wished to bring people together who had a common interest, to share knowledge and understanding of a wonderful breed of working dog.  They all knew that Koolies are naturally very talented dogs that do well at any work they are put to from working sheep, goats and cattle on farms and stations, on transports and in sale yards, gently working dairy cows, fronting up to scrub cattle or droving the long paddock.


When they got together they realized what they saw as special traits in their own “great dog” were in fact normal Koolie traits.


Not only are Koolies great at traditional work, they also excel in dog sports such as agility, tracking, trieball and obedience and they are also successfully used in such things as rescue, pets for therapy, quarantine work, explosive detection dogs as well as making great companion dogs in suitable circumstances.


The Koolie Club of Australia Inc. has gone on to promote these talents, to educate potential purchasers of the talents and needs of their Koolies and also to welcome into their membership all who think in a like way and want to share good fellowship while promoting these ideals.

The Koolie Club of Australia Inc. was the first club formed for the breed and is not affiliated in any way to any other group, association or ruling body. This gives us total independence on how we run our club. The club has been set up in a legal and safe manner with a good size committee to manage its affairs openly with regularly reporting to Consumer Affairs as required under rules of incorporation.

If you are interested in the future of the Koolie, like to socialize, with your dog, you are welcome to visit our meetings or become a member,




  and we will celebrate with you!!!!

About The Club

The Koolie Club of Australia Inc. currently has over 250 members across Australia and welcomes members from the USA,  New Zealand, The Netherlands and Germany to its ranks as well.  Our members range from several breeders with over 40 years experience breeding working Koolies, many with 15 or 20 years, through to people who have just found Koolies. Our past Patron Mr. Frank Kelm, who passed away in 2010 had over 50 years experience working and breeding Koolies, his reputation and dogs are known all over Australia.


All are welcome - our intention is to enjoy good company, learn from each other and keep an open mind to the ideas of others. 


We do not tell people how to breed their dogs, we give our members credit for knowing what they want to achieve to suit their own situation, but we are here to offer suggestions or assistance if inexperienced or experienced breeders feel they need some advice or ideas.  For this reason we have not laid down a 'breed standard' at this time as we accept that the different styles of Koolies suit the many and varied jobs they undertake. We also feel that we need to give the breed time to evolve a little before trying to mould the physical attributes to a 'standard'.  It is however necessary for breeders to aim to improve their lines from each breeding. The commitment and expense of breeding deserves to bring a positive outcome. To assist breeders and purchasers to achieve their goals we have adopted a guide call the "The Koolie Fundamentals" which describes clearly the points of a structurally sound working Koolie.


Although Koolies have been around since the 1800's this is the first register and after 10 years and 760+ registrations it is still in it's infancy, time will see breeding within the gene pool evolve a style and size of koolie most suited to today and maybe then  we can consider a 'standard'. 

One thing we have come to realize is that Koolies all have a wonderful personality, temperament and will to work and it is our main aim to retain these attributes in our breed. 


We understand and accept that not all Koolies are suited to all situations, but we do our best to place appropriate dogs in appropriate homes, not all our members need a red hot working dog, but are happy living with the wonderful personality and temperament.  This is not to say they couldn't decide to dabble in some herding or other discipline and find they have a dog that does quite well for them.  

We will not be subjecting owners and their dogs to 'instinct testing' to see if they make the grade.  We believe the majority of Koolies have a natural instinct and will not penalize a dog because its owner has not got the skill to bring that ability to the fore or because the dog is not in a situation best suited to it being able to work.   

We prefer to assist owners to learn the best methods to nurture that  instinct and to see dog and owner evolve.
Because we accept that some Koolies end up in the wrong place for them, this club supports Australian Koolie Rescue who have an excellent success rate re-homing Koolies who have ended up in the wrong place
If you feel that rehoming a Koolie is for you,search online for Australian Koolie Rescue.

Ethical and Legal

The founding club members were adamant that the club was set up legally and ethically correct, so they took out insurance immediately and undertook Incorporation of the club.  This means the club is set up legally under guidelines set out by Consumer Affairs, it reports annually of its financial status and is legally obliged to conduct its affairs in an open and honest manner.  Members are updated regularly on the financial status of the club with full financial reports available for viewing at Annual Meetings.  Incorporation guarantees that members are not liable for the results of mismanagement or the winding up of the club if it becomes insolvent. 
A committee is elected each year with a minimum of 8 members to manage club affairs.  The committee is happy to discuss ideas put forward by members on the running of the club but will always put the benefits to the club and the majority of members ahead of a few. Nominations are called for committee in April each year for election at the Annual Meeting held in July.  All are welcome to nominate for a committee position and we welcome the diverse backgrounds our committee members have.  The committee currently consists of farmers, companion dog owners and members of the obedience and agility fraternity giving us a broad base of interests.
The club has no paid employees and is run wholy on volunteer time, for this reason sometimes patience is asked when waiting for answers or items to be processed, our committee are also working jobs, running businesses and families like yourselves. But this also gives us the ability to personalize our contact with you, deal with problems or questions you may have in a one on one basis and also allows us to keep our membership and registration fees very low. Our fees have not increased since the inception of the club meaning everyone can afford to be members. 

When We Meet

The club meets in February, May, July, September and November, mostly at Neilborough in central Victoria.  The grounds are very suitable in that there are very few houses in the area and the dogs and owners are able to enjoy themselves, dogs running around with their friends (once properly introduced to their companions) while owners relax with a barbeque lunch.



Meetings are quickly held and often an event is held such as having sheep in a yard for novice dogs to take a look at or obedience equipment or fly ball so everyone can show their Koolies something different and see how they respond. It is hoped to hold regular working dog training days throughout the year for those members interested in working or trialing, with professional trainers conducting the days. Currently their are workshops held in Queensland and shortly we hope to again have training days in Victoria.