USD $400-$600 Price Avg.

Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)



Breed Type

Large, Medium


16-18 years


Breed Information

Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity/Rank 329
Origin Australia
Other Names Australian Koolie, German Coolie, German Koolie
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $400-$600
How much does it cost to purchase a Koolie?
The price of a Koolie will vary from breeder to breeder as well as from place to place. As a rough guide, you should expect to pay between $400 to $600 per Koolie if you purchase from a reputable breeder. Prices will be higher for show-quality dogs with a distinguished pedigree. Adult dogs who have already been trained may cost even more. It is usually less expensive to adopt a Koolie through a shelter.
Size Large, Medium
Weight 33-53 pounds (15-24 kg)
Height 13-23 inches (34-60 cm)
Lifespan 16-18 years
Recognized by
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Herding Dog
Date of Origin 1800s
Ancestry Collie-type Herding Dog, Dingo

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Double, Rough, Smooth
Coat Colors Black, Blue, Chocolate, Merle, Red, Tricolor
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Amber, Blue, Brown, Hazel
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Blue, Brown, Isabella
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Blue, Brown, Red
Coat Length Small
Coat Density Normal
Coat Texture Straight
Recommended Brushes Comb, Nail Clipper, Pin Brush, Slicker Brush
Brushing Frequency Weekly

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Affectionate, Caring, Dedicated, Diligent, Dominant, Intelligent, Temperate
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Blindness, Deafness
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Prefers warm weather
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Moderate
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 15 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 90 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 2.5 cups
Daily Cost $1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost $34.00 - $45.00


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Koolie have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies (Once a year.)


The Koolie dog is a medium-sized breed of herding dog that originated in Australia. It is a cross between the Australian Kelpie and the German Coolie, and it has become popular in recent years due to its intelligence, loyalty, and trainability. The Koolie is an active and energetic breed that loves to work and play.

Appearance: The Koolie has a strong, muscular body with a broad chest and long legs. Its coat can be short or long, with colors ranging from black to red to blue merle. Its ears are usually erect but may also be semi-erect or floppy. The tail is usually docked but may also be left natural.

Lifespan: The average lifespan of the Koolie is 12-15 years.
Size: The average size of the Koolie ranges from 18-22 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 30-50 pounds.
Weight: The weight of the Koolie varies depending on its size; smaller dogs tend to weigh less than larger ones.
Colors: Common colors for the Koolie include black, red, blue merle, tan, white, sable, brindle, fawn and more!
Personality: The Koolie is an intelligent breed that loves to work hard and please its owners! They are loyal companions who thrive on human interaction; they love being around people as much as possible! They are also very active dogs who need plenty of exercise in order to stay healthy both mentally and physically.
Friendliness with Other Dogs/Animals/Children: The Koolie gets along well with other animals if properly socialized from an early age; they can even get along well with cats if given enough time together! As for children, they make great family pets as long as they are given proper training from an early age; they will bond closely with their owners if given enough attention!
Temperament: The temperament of the Koolie can vary depending on its upbringing; however most tend to be friendly yet alert dogs who love being around people but can also be independent thinkers when needed! They have strong herding instincts which means they may try to herd small children or other animals if not trained properly – this should not be seen as aggression but rather just their natural instinct kicking in!
Health: Generally speaking the health of the Koolies is good; however like all breeds there are certain health issues that could arise such as hip dysplasia or eye problems so it’s important for potential owners to research these before getting one of these dogs. Regular vet checkups should also be done in order to ensure your pet stays healthy throughout its life span!

Adaptability Level & Benefits As Pets :The adaptability level of this breed is quite high – meaning it does well in different environments such as apartments or homes with large yards – making them great pets for those living in urban areas too! Additionally due their intelligence level they learn quickly which makes them easy trainable – making them ideal companions for those looking for a loyal friend who will always listen attentively when spoken too! Finally due their herding instincts these dogs make excellent guard dogs too – alerting you whenever something out of ordinary happens near your home or property


The Koolie is a breed of dog that originated in Australia. The breed is also known as the Australian Koolie, the German Coolie, the English Coolie, and the Scottish Coolie. The Koolie is a medium-sized dog with a short coat and a long tail. The breed is descended from the Australian dingo and the German shepherd. The Koolie was originally bred for herding sheep and cattle. The breed nearly became extinct in the early 21st century, but has since become popular again.

The Koolie is believed to have originated in Australia in the early 19th century. The breed was developed from crosses between the Australian dingo and the German shepherd. The resulting dogs were used for herding sheep and cattle. The Koolie was also used as a hunting dog and as a guard dog. In the early 20th century, the Koolie was exported to Europe, where it became popular as a working dog. During World War II, many Koolies were killed or taken to other countries as war trophies. This led to a decline in the breed's popularity, and by the 1970s there were only about 200 Koolies left in Australia.

In recent years, there has been a resurgence in interest in the Koolie breed. This has been due in part to publicity generated by Australian author Jackie French, who wrote about her experiences with a Koolie named Bluey in her book Bluey: My Dog (1999). Today, there are an estimated 2000-3000 Koolies living in Australia.