- Category: About The Koolie Club
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"
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!!!!
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.
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.
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. Samples must be taken from an authorised collector, which includes vets. In this way any offspring of two DNA profiled 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.