There has been a stud register established recording dogs, what ancestors are known and any breeding that is done. A certificate is issued for each dog with details of characteristics such as colour, coat length, ear set, eye colour and percentage of white on each dog. Where room permits as many of these characteristics are recorded as possible for 5 generations so owners get a genetic snapshot of their dog.
At this time the register is open, so dogs with unknown parentage can be registered.
The register is in sections to cater for different circumstances: Section A dogs have both parents already recorded in the register, Section B has no registered history but is known or obviously a Koolie, or only one parent is already registered, Section C is for known or obvious cross bred dogs. Section C allows people with good working dogs to still be part of the Koolie community and breed towards pure Koolies. Section P is for pets and dogs breeders feel are not suitable for breeding but are quite able to be working dogs or companion dogs, no offspring are registered from Section P dogs. There are currently over 1000 dogs registered.
Beware of imitations! Others have tried to benefit from the positives of registration with the Koolie Club of Australia, issuing certificates that mimic our own. It is worth double checking that when you purchase a “registered Koolie” or seek to use a stud dog that the registration is with The Koolie Club of Australia as we cannot verify any records from other bodies.
What are the benefits of registration? As a breeder you are proving you are open and honest about the breeding of your dogs. Registration verifies your records and keeps the history and details of the ancestors of your dogs on record where they will follow through to future generations. Once you sell your registered Koolie purchasers who breed and register their offspring have the correct history which includes your Prefix on any dogs you bred in the Ancestry, so future purchasers know to give you the credit you deserve.
As a purchaser you know the details supplied to you are consistent and reliable. Also more detailed than “the sire is the neighbours Blackie…good dog that”. You know your breeder is open and reliable regarding the details they are offering you. Don't be afraid to ask to see the registration certificate of the parents, unlike other registers our certificates carry information on physical traits for several generations. Such things as coat length, ear set, percetage of merle and eye colour are included so you can get an indication of the puppies potential and it's potential for breeding. A breeder happy to show you the certification is open and honest.
The next step the Koolie Club of Australia is working on implementing is the Koolie Pedigree Assurance Program. This will be voluntary; Koolies that have their DNA certified will have their registration number appended with a “D”. To achieve this the dog must be micro-chipped at the time of swabbing with the number recorded with the sample. In this way any offspring of two DNA certified Koolies can be verified as an offspring of both parents after they too are DNA sampled. Any doubt of parentage is scientifically proven or dis-proven. This is only one advantage of DNA testing, already there are many health tests that can be run on DNA with more being developed all the time. Once your dog is certified new health tests can be undertaken without needing to re-swab your dog. Any health DNA health test your dog has been through will also be recorded, so breeding decisions can be made fully informed.
Without registration with the Koolie Club of Australia, everything is a guess.
The spelling of the name Koolie has come under some discussion, at the inaugural meeting in April 2000 it was discussed at some length. Obviously if the club was to be set up properly one spelling would have to be used to run a bank account, be on letterhead and be registered for incorporation.
It was decided that the majority of people seemed to use Coolie or Koolie but the use of Koolie would set the breed apart for those unfamiliar with the breed when Coolie and Collie were so easily confused. Members are welcome to use whatever they like but in relation to the club and registrations Koolie would give consistency and cause less confusion.
In the past the breed has often been called German Koolie or German Coolie or even German Collie, in recent years this has evolved to Australian Koolie as the breed evolved here in Australia and is not known in Germany. Research into the origins of the breed is ongoing but it seems that the name evolved from wording like "the German's Koolie" as there were certainly German working dogs bought with German settlers in the mid 1800's. The breed most like the Koolie that is active in Germany is the Tigér which is a working dog known mainly to the Agricultural world there, like the Koolie is here. It is interesting to note that the German language does not have an equivalent to our "C" and uses "K" for all of our uses of "C"