Genetic testing is an important part of any good breeding program. The breeding dogs in the Australian Koolie Breeders International are required to have a Koolie disease panel test done before they are bred. It is beneficial to do a color panel test so the status of the merle, piebald or dilute is known before breeding. Anything that affects pigment is important to consider when breeding. Breeders of the AKBI should never knowingly risk deafness or blindness in their chosen genetic crosses.
Embark and Pawprint Genetics have partnered with the AKBI to offer a discount on testing. Embark will do a full genetic sequence and test for over 160 diseases and the coefficient of inbreeding (COI). There is one fee for all of the services offered.
PawPrint Genetics offers a disease panel for Koolies (listed as German Coolie) as well as full color panels, parentage testing and the full merle base pair testing. Tests can be ordered one at time or in any group or combination you desire. These tests are very accurate and good for second evaluations.
Both Embark and Pawprint have trained geneticists to help with questions and they have web-based services for breeders that continue to be improved and updated.
The AKBI has negotiated a substantial discount price with Embark Vet and PawPrint Genetics. Contact the AKBI to get the codes for these discounts.
Please send your test results to the AKBI so they can continue to monitor and learn for the good the Koolie breed.
The Koolie Club of Australia has negotiated a discount for a Koolie panel of tests with Orivet Genetics. Contact the KCA for further details on how to test in Australia.
The AKBI is collecting test results for two new tests for cerebellar Abiotrophy. These tests look for markers associated with two forms of CA found in Kelpies. It is possible that Koolies carry these forms as well. Please consider testing your Koolie and send a copy of the results to the AKBI for our research on CA in Koolies. You can order your test from Dog Breeding Science and return samples to Australia using express mail.
Hip and elbow testing is suggested. Many breeders are aware of the traditional Extended Hip View (EHV) system. It is similar to the EHV systems used by the British Veterinary Association (BVA), New Zealand Veterinary Association (NZVA), Orthopaedic Foundation of America (OFA) and Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI). There is also another screening system available, PennHIP. There are not enough Koolies in the PennHip database at this time to give accurate results so doing an EHV is suggested (or doing both to assist by adding Koolies to the Pennhip database and then compare the scores). Contact the science advisor of the AKBI if you are not familiar with these scales and the tests.
If you want to learn more about what your test results mean or if you want to learn about dog genetics or how to become a better breeder consider taking classes with the Institute of Canine Biology http://www.instituteofcaninebiology.org/ There is a wealth of information about dogs on this website. They are doing ongoing research with litters using whelping pads to prevent hip dysplasia. Breeders are encouraged to use these pads and to enroll their litters in this valuable research program.