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.