Australian Koolies are also known
as German Coolies/Koolies.
Not much is known about the history
of the breed although there are many theories circulating throughout
the Coolie community. It is generally believed the Coolie was imported
from Germany to Australia by early European immigrant farmers. It
should be remembered that there is no concrete evidence of the breed’s
origin and until any claims are proven with out a doubt; any information
is conjecture and should be understood as theory not fact.
The Koolie/Coolie breed is one of the oldest breeds of working dogs
in Australia, unfortunately records were never kept regarding parentage.
(In order for a breed to be officially recognised by the Australian
National Kennel Control Council, stud and breed records must be
kept for a minimum of seven generations.)
Attempts have been made to line breed to a standard type, but a
lack of proper records and the inability to substantiate bloodlines,
plus the occasional introduction of new blood have prevented official
recognition of the breed.
They are extremely active and
intelligent with a naturally strong herding instinct. They are renowned
for their biddable and friendly nature and their easy going fun-loving
personality makes the breed a great choice for a lively family or
active individual. They are responsive to command and easy to train,
loyal to his owner and accepting of other pets and children.
Koolie/Coolie are readily used
in sports such as agility and obedience and are also making a name
for themselves in positions such as television, Search and Rescue
and as ‘Pets as Therapy’ dogs.
Koolie/Coolie Information & Photos
The smooth, short and medium coat need minimal attention. Koolie's
These dogs are primarily a working dog and require plenty of exercise
to keep their bodies fit and minds occupied. Regular exercise is
extremely important and should preferably be off the lead in a safe
This breed generally have very few health problems. Dogs with predominately
white heads are likely to suffer hearing and sight problems. Sun
damage to white skin can also be an issue. Coolies usually live
beyond 15 years.
For Diet and other general dog health information Health/Nutrition