Koolies have been part of our everyday life for over
23 years now, it is hard to imagine what life would be like without them.
Our first encounter with a koolie was at a clearing
sale of a friends property, everything was being sold, including cattle and
the property on the day. There were lots of people and before the farm
was sold it was the turn of the cattle, this pretty blue merle dog worked
tirelessly bringing up mobs of cows and working them through the sale ring
in front of all these people without hesitation, she had a job to do and
nothing was going to stop her. After the cattle were sold someone
offered a lot of money for the dog and was quite disappointed when told "this
is a family pet, I'm not selling her". A dog that worked like
that....and a family pet as well?? We had to know more.
When we showed so much interest, our friend said
that someone with a male koolie had been after him to mate her, he would
agree and we would be able to have a pup. So in due course our beloved
Mindy arrived. And stayed for 16 years.
We currently have a grand daughter, great grand
daughter and four great great grand daughters of Mindy's continuing on where
she left off. There are also many descendants living here in Victoria,
in N.S.W., Queensland and Western Australia, if you have a Silhouette koolie
in your dogs pedigree it will be descended from Silhouette Mindy
registration number 00001/3B with the Koolie Club of Australia, the first
and biggest club for Koolie/Coolie dogs. If you have a descendent, we
would like to recognize it here, please feel free to
information and photos and as time permits they will be added to the family
It is with great disappointment that we
hear that a breeder from another club is claiming to be breeding from a
bitch with a Silhouette prefix. The Silhouette prefix is only registered
with the Koolie Club of Australia, any other use is without our knowledge or
permission. It would appear this breeder is trying to benefit from our name.
We have also been told this breeder is claiming to be breeding from DNA
proven lines, this is incorrect.
We are proud to be founding members of the Koolie Club
of Australia and can recommend becoming part of a club that is prepared to
work hard as an independent club for the good
of the koolie, not just for fashion, for money or for sport, but
as a group dedicated to a true working dog. For more information on koolies
we recommend www.koolie.net
The Koolie is an extremely active intelligent dog that
requires mental stimulation as much as physical exercise. It is not enough
to just exercise your koolie expecting him to stop when he is tired, he will
continue as long as he thinks he is doing his job or what you want.
Your koolie needs to interact with you and spend good quality time with you
each day. They are people oriented dogs that are happier with your
company than with another dog, although he will do until you get home.
Ignore this requirement and expect to find destruction on your return, or a
very difficult dog to handle. Be able to fulfill this requirement and
you will have a rewarding long term relationship with a very clever, gentle
natured dog that would do anything just to please you.
Min - 5th generation from Mindy
Ripper sheep dog
Ripper cow dog
Richard & Ann Worboys R.M.B. 7696
Echuca Vic. 3564 Australia