to drive cattle over varying terrain and distances, Koolies
use several methods of controlling the herd: heading (pushing the
stock back towards the farmer from the front), heeling or driving,
(guiding the stock from behind), casting (moving out and around the
stock), blocking (holding or blocking the stock from in front) and backing
(jumping onto the backs of the animals to herd them). Koolies are very
versatile and easily work in closed surroundings such as yards or trucks
as well as out in the open in paddocks. Koolies will herd anything from
ducks to bulls, a good thing to keep in mind as this strong drive will
lead them to herd other family members and children in the absence of real
As these dogs
are bred to work in a variety of environments, their physical appears
varies also. Standing from 16 to 24 inches (40 to 60 centimeters) at the
shoulder and a little longer than they are tall, Koolies also vary in coat
type. The coat may appear short and smooth (similar to Blue Merle Smooth
Collies) or medium to long (like Border Collies). The short/smooth coats
are low in maintenance. Colouring also varies. The coat may be
solid, "bi" (black and white or red and white), "tri"
(solid red or black, with white markings, normally with brown points),
"tri merle" (same description but merle), or "merle" (grey,
black,red/chocolate or white undercoat with large areas of darker
colourings of red/chocolate for red merles or black and grey for blue
adaptable, and intelligent, Coolies need early, supportive training and
socialization to help them adapt to the specific needs of their owners.
They respond quickly and confidently. This is a high drive, hardy,
enthusiastic dog who needs a job to do! Coolies excel in sporting
activities, service, search and rescue, or as loyal companions. Patient,
dedicated, and devoted, Koolies outside the farm or ranch compete in
herding, obedience, tracking, jumping,and other dog agility events.
Koolies are a long
lived breed with an average life span of 18 years.