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 regular workshops held in at a station south of Sydney in NSW, a yearly workshop in Queensland and shortly we hope to again have regular days in Victoria. Contact your state's committee member for details.
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.
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"