Australian koolie / german koolie

Koolie Health

Whether you’re a proud Koolie owner, a breeder, or simply an enthusiast, this website is designed to provide you with valuable information on the health of these incredible dogs.


About the Koolie
Australian Koolie

The Koolie Breed

With a Koolie in your life, every day is an adventure! Their playful spirit and boundless energy are contagious, encouraging you to embrace an active lifestyle and discover new exciting activities together. The Koolie’s zest for life is infectious, from hiking trails to playing fetch in the park—for hours. If ever I have had a dog that has made me laugh, it’s the Koolie breed. And they also know how to relax and enjoy downtime. I once heard another Koolie owner say, ‘An Australian Koolie has two settings, on and off, and when they are on, they are 100% on, and when they are off, they are 100% off’—the perfect description.

The Koolie dog breed combines intelligence, agility, and loyalty. But, they can be mental, crazy and demanding as well. Whether you’re out exploring nature or simply enjoying a cosy evening on the couch, your Koolie will be there, likely lying upside down.

Because this breed has such potential to be fantastic, we want to ensure that their health and temperament stay at the forefront of breeders’ attention, so we created this website to give a true insight into this quirky breed.

Help Educate

Ethical Breeding

As with all dog breeds, ethical breeding is crucial for the welfare, health, and future of Australian Koolies. Responsible breeders prioritise the Koolie breed’s health, temperament, and overall quality by adhering to ethical breeding practices. They meticulously select breeding pairs, considering genetic diversity, health clearances, and breed standards, intending to produce healthy, well-adjusted puppies that thrive in loving homes.

Ethical breeders go the extra mile to provide optimal care for their dogs, creating a nurturing environment that supports their physical and emotional well-being. They provide proper nutrition, veterinary care, socialisation, and mental stimulation to ensure the puppies are given the best possible start in life. By promoting responsible breeding practices, they contribute to the preservation and improvement of the breed, safeguarding its long-term future.

Ethical breeding is vital in mitigating the risk of genetic disorders and inherited health conditions. Responsible breeders educate themselves and perform thorough health screenings and genetic testing on their breeding dogs to identify potential health concerns and make informed breeding decisions. This helps reduce the likelihood of passing on hereditary diseases to future generations, promoting the overall health and longevity of the breed.

Ethical breeders serve as role models, setting high standards for integrity, transparency, and accountability within the breeding community. They play a pivotal role in combatting issues such as overbreeding, puppy mills, and irresponsible breeding practices, promoting a culture of compassion and responsibility towards our beloved four-legged friends.

Tell us your story

Do you have a personal experience with a Koolie that suffered from a genetic disease? We would love to hear from you! By sharing your story on our website, you can contribute to educating and providing valuable insights to fellow Koolie owners facing similar challenges. Together, we can help support ethical breeding and help keep the amazing Koolie breed healthy. 

What to ask

Are you considering adding a Koolie to your family? Choosing an ethical breeder is crucial to ensure you bring home a healthy and well-bred companion. Our What to Ask a Breeder form provides a comprehensive list of essential questions to help you navigate this important decision. Make an informed choice and find the perfect Koolie for your home.

Koolie Behaviour

Behavioural Issues

Excessive or inappropriate herding behaviour

Herding breeds have a strong instinct to herd, and without proper outlets for this behavior, they may attempt to herd people, children, or other pets in the household. This can manifest as nipping, chasing, or circling behavior, which may be challenging to manage in a household setting.

Protectiveness and territorial behavior

Many Koolies have an instinct to protect their home and family. While this can be desirable, it can also lead to territorial aggression if not properly managed or socialised. They may exhibit behaviours like growling, barking, or even biting when they perceive a threat to their territory or family members.

Strong prey drive

Herding breeds often have a strong prey drive, which means they may have a heightened desire to chase and capture moving objects, including small animals or even cars, cyclists or joggers.

Demand Barking

Attention-seeking barking to obtain something they want or to get attention from their owners or other people in their environment. It is a learned behaviour that dogs develop when they realize that barking leads to a desired outcome or response.

What Drives Us

Our Mission

This website was created to further educate people about the Australian Koolie (sometimes also referred to as German Koolies). The Koolie is often painted to be a unicorn of a breed, and while it is true that they are great dogs, there are some things that people need to be aware of before deciding where to purchase their puppy.

With this website, we aim to educate and inform people. We are independent, do not stand to profit from the breed and have first-hand experience with the breed.

Get Involved

Do you own a Koolie and have you experienced any health or behavioural issues that you wish you knew in advance? Have you had a bad experience with a breeder? Have you found an error in the information on this website? Please don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know.