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    I have a rescue Koolie and he is a fantastic dog. Koolies are great for anyone who has the time for an intelligent active dog in their lives. They are very loyal and love to be close to their person. Mine is a very loving dog.

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    Yes great dogs especaily for poeple who like their working dogs.
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    Yeah, i love th long haired Koolies great dogs. However, sadly the breed has alot of health issues with deaf dogs and pups :-(....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHappy View Post
    Yeah, i love th long haired Koolies great dogs. However, sadly the breed has alot of health issues with deaf dogs and pups :-(....
    True but there is breeders on the right track now but with the merl gene deaf seems to linger.
    You can get the darker coated plainer marked Koolies & they have far less deaf pups compared to the lighter flashier marked pups.
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    Yeah understand the standard coloured of Koolies, but as you know yourself its a recessive gene and so come out later down the tract.

    I know alot of "Koolie breeders" out there and the clubs as well. I talk to alot of them, alot of breeds have outcross them with stumpys and now we have "bob-tailed koolies", and these pups are beening reg... alot of bull and more bull really... There is no 100% pure blood of koolie yet found. As they are just starting to DNA test them now and eveything is come back cross breed etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHappy View Post
    Yeah understand the standard coloured of Koolies, but as you know yourself its a recessive gene and so come out later down the tract.

    I know alot of "Koolie breeders" out there and the clubs as well. I talk to alot of them, alot of breeds have outcross them with stumpys and now we have "bob-tailed koolies", and these pups are beening reg... alot of bull and more bull really... There is no 100% pure blood of koolie yet found. As they are just starting to DNA test them now and eveything is come back cross breed etc
    Oh thats very interesting about the DNA as I was told something totaly different by 2 breeders & was really wondering how they could get a breed marker so quickly from so few dogs tested. Plus of the photos I have seen of some that have tested I could bet my bottem $$ kelpie would show up.
    I only personally know of 4 Koolie breeders & 2 are on the same page as the main club but the other 2 have totaly different veiws on what a real koolie is.
    The Koolies I have known as work dogs have been fantastic dogs that could work all day & smart as. The few I've known in pet homes it totaly depended on how much energ & brain use oulet they got how succesful it was. 1 was the best agility dog I have ever known but he was actully nearly 30% bc.
    I had not heard about stumpies & koolie x's seems a little odd to do that whilst trying to keep records to get a chanse at main stream breed rego. Oh well not surpricing really I'm afraid but sad as they should preserve what koolies there are out there.
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    Merle colouring is actually a dominant gene, trouble is a h-o-m-ozygous merle (this h-om-ophobic thing is a pain!)that is a merle gene coming from each parent gene causes deafness, blindness and all sorts of problems. So the safest way is to breed a Heterozygous Merle (one solid gene and one merle gene) to a solid pup and then you will get 25% heterozygous merles which express themselves as merle colouring without the problems. Breeders do sometimes breed merle to merles but they try and choose the darker merles with not too much white.

    A lot of Koolie crosses are on the registers, but are usually registered at a different classification to a Koolie with proof of breeding.

    I know several Koolie breeders and they very much aim to breed true and never mix with other breeds and have done for many generations. I understand there is a lot of dissention between the 2 koolie registers on this subject. My Koolie is registered with the Working koolie Association who have formed as distinct from the Koolie club because of a big rift in what each considered ethical registration and breeding practices.

    A Koolie is mainly an upright worker where as a kelpie and BC have more eye. My Koolie works very differently from my kelpie, cant really see much in common.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalacreek View Post
    Merle colouring is actually a dominant gene, trouble is a h-o-m-ozygous merle (this h-om-ophobic thing is a pain!)that is a merle gene coming from each parent gene causes deafness, blindness and all sorts of problems. So the safest way is to breed a Heterozygous Merle (one solid gene and one merle gene) to a solid pup and then you will get 25% heterozygous merles which express themselves as merle colouring without the problems. Breeders do sometimes breed merle to merles but they try and choose the darker merles with not too much white.

    A lot of Koolie crosses are on the registers, but are usually registered at a different classification to a Koolie with proof of breeding.

    I know several Koolie breeders and they very much aim to breed true and never mix with other breeds and have done for many generations. I understand there is a lot of dissention between the 2 koolie registers on this subject. My Koolie is registered with the Working koolie Association who have formed as distinct from the Koolie club because of a big rift in what each considered ethical registration and breeding practices.

    A Koolie is mainly an upright worker where as a kelpie and BC have more eye. My Koolie works very differently from my kelpie, cant really see much in common.
    Well thats great to hear because the 2 guys I said where on the same page did tell me that with safer breedings they would get the deafness % down but I understood little of the merle gene so was worried by happydogs post.
    The Koolie is nothing like a kelpie but a few of the dogs that recently sent DNA
    in looked to have kelpie in them was what I said. The pures did not look like kelpies at all.
    I know & have heard many have been breeding koolie to koolie for years but I think it will take more dogs tested to get a breed marker is all.
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