Breed Standard


The versatile nature of the Australian Koolie is a reflection of the genetic diversity and hybrid vigor present in the breed. The Australian Koolie Breeders International seeks to retain this diversity. Thus, the breed standard is broad and there is no desire to narrow it at the cost of losing genetic diversity; indeed, that would be contrary to the mission of the AKBI.

COAT AND COLOR:  All colors can be present; this includes eye color. Merle and blue eyes may occur, but should not be bred for. A lack of pigment around the eyes and nose and ears is discouraged. Hair may be smooth or any length of rough.

TEMPERAMENT:  Active and intelligent herding dog with a strong desire to work. They need a job to do; it is in their genes. Have a strong desire to please and be with people and other animals. Generally, they have little to no bite when working livestock. Able to easily switch jobs and turn off and refocus. These dogs are famous for having an “off switch”. They are athletic and have much endurance. Bond strongly with their handler and family.

HEALTH:  It is not uncommon for these dogs to live well beyond ten years of age. No genetic defects are common in this breed but because they are descended from European herding dogs, they can occasionally carry diseases found in herding breeds. It is recommended that DNA testing be done for diseases that can be found in Koolies and other herding dogs. Breeders in the AKBI are working hard to prevent and control genetic diseases in the Koolie. DNA testing is required of the breeders in the AKBI. 

SIZE:  Range in size from 18-24 inches (46cm -60cm) tall. Weight 30-55 pounds.










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