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!!!!
The Koolie Club of Australia Inc. currently has over 200 members across Australia and welcomes members from the USA, New Zealand, The Netherlands and Germany to its ranks as well. Our members range from several breeders with over 40 years experience breeding working Koolies, many with 15 or 20 years, through to people who have just found Koolies. Our past Patron Mr. Frank Kelm, who passed away in 2010 had over 50 years experience working and breeding Koolies, his reputation and dogs are known all over Australia.
All are welcome - our intention is to enjoy good company, learn from each other and keep an open mind to the ideas of others.
We do not tell people how to breed their dogs, we give our members credit for knowing what they want to achieve to suit their own situation, but we are here to offer suggestions or assistance if inexperienced or experienced breeders feel they need some advice or ideas. For this reason we have not laid down a 'breed standard' at this time as we accept that the different styles of Koolies suit the many and varied jobs they undertake. We also feel that we need to give the breed time to evolve a little before trying to mould the physical attributes to a 'standard'. It is however necessary for breeders to aim to improve their lines from each breeding. The comittment and expense of breeding deserves to bring a positive outcome. To assist breeders and purchasers to achieve their goals we have adopted a guide call the "The Koolie Fundamentals" which descibes clearly the points of a structurally sound working Koolie.
One thing we have come to realize is that Koolies all have a wonderful personality, temperament and will to work and it is our main aim to retain these attributes in our breed.
We will not be subjecting owners and their dogs to 'instinct testing' to see if they make the grade. We believe the majority of Koolies have a natural instinct and will not penalize a dog because its owner has not got the skill to bring that ability to the fore or because the dog is not in a situation best suited to it being able to work.
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.