Australian Koolies have been worked on stock in Australia since the early 1800's.
In order to keep up with the demands of the grazier and stockman the Koolie needed to have stamina for 14 hour days, ability to move from one type of job to another, be it droving cattle on the long mile, or backing sheep in the race, the Koolie had to do it all.
Their ability allowed them to be gentle and calm around the ewes and lambs yet still know when to use their bite on mongrel bulls and steers. The Koolie needed to be agile and quick, able to jump, dodge, chase, hold and drive and do it well and the Koolie has.
Not all pups are workers and these pups make terrific companions.
But it needs to be understood.
Take an Australian Koolie from the work it has been bred for and expect it to be happy in a suburban yard and nearly every time you will get trouble.
Non-working Koolies still retain the stamina, ability and agility.
Many non-working Koolies have been late bloomers, displaying their natural instincts as late as two years old.
The Koolie Club of Australia has addressed this issue by discovering activities which the Koolie is suited to.
These are Search & Rescue, Pets as Therapy, Responsible Pet ownership educators, Quarantine, Special needs providers, Tracking, Agility, and all Obedience & Herding disciplines.
The Koolie has a brain which needs to be stimulated, beyond simple obedience commands, its working frame requires regular work and exercise.
This is not a breed that will happily remain hours on end in a backyard alone.
We continue to warn the well meaning public, who continue to buy cute unknown puppy breeds from pet shops and then discover too late that they have invited an Olympic swimmer, jumper or runner into their beloved home.
Just listing a few average samples, supplied by our Koolie Rescue Service gives a good clear picture of the problems which will occur.
A lady thought she was doing a good deed when on impulse she bought a little Koolie girl from a farmer she was visiting, the pup was runty, full of worms and looked like it needed a good feed, her mother had been put back to work and the pup was only five weeks old, she felt sure the pup would die if left.
That is just what breeders for profit and puppy farmers like the general public to think, the sympathy deal, works every time. Instead of turning the farmer into the local shelter and putting a stop to his harmful practices, she bought the pup, only to hand it into our rescue six months later, because the little cute baby, tore her clothes from the line, dug up every garden she ever planted, pooed and wet where ever she pleased and rounded up the children of the neighborhood after scaling their fences. We placed her back on a farm where she has learned to work the stock.
A young man saw and bought a cute fluffy, blue eyed, mostly white Koolie pup from a pet shop for his sweetheart on Valentines day, she was in love the moment he presented her with the pup. At first they never noticed the pup didn't jump at sudden noises or in thunderstorms, it didn't bark when the dog next door started up, didn't turn his head when they entered the room, around twelve weeks the couple noticed that he never came when they called but always came when he saw them, then finally while doing the dishes one night some were dropped and smashed, the dog continued to eat his bone with his back to the kitchen, and they realized their special bundle of joy was deaf.
Through getting in touch with our Rescue we were able to support them and help them train their deaf Koolie and they have never regretted getting him, now five year old.
These are just two incidents that are possible for the Koolie breed, the majority of our Rescues are around ten weeks to six months old, pups from disreputable breeders who can't find homes for their unwanted pups so send them to pet shops or impulse purchases who have discovered the error of their choice.
The Best choice the general public can make is to enquire through the club for that breed, the Koolie Club of Australia and our breeders promote and adhere to the Koolie code of ethics, a copy of which can be found here: Code of Ethics.