AKBI Guidelines for Breeders

AKBI GUIDELINES FOR BREEDERS

The Australian Koolie Breeders International (AKBI) seeks to protect and preserve the Australian heritage of the versatile Australian Koolie as a herding, sporting and companion dog with a vision toward sound genetics and healthy canine athletes. This AKBI is designed to preserve the genetic diversity and temperament of the Australian Koolie dog, which has existed in Australia since the first German herders arrived with their dogs centuries ago. The AKBI is not about a strict breed standard based on looks; thus Australian Koolies are expected to exhibit a range of size, shape, color and structure. What is consistent about this breed is that they are biddable, hard working, intelligent and driven to please while being hardy and healthy. They are capable athletes who can be as tough as the Australian outback while being loyal and affectionate at the same time.

The AKBI is a selective service organization that is focused on viability and vitality of the breed, not on “purebred” exclusion, which would be destructive to the fate of the breed. Maintaining genetic diversity is what has made the Australian Koolie strong through the centuries and this association desires to maintain that diversity. Therefore heterozygosity at the genetic level is encouraged and desired. Breeders are encouraged to cross animals of known Koolie descent with different genetic make-ups and to keep the inbreeding coefficients (COI) low. Breeding to acquire recessive traits such as blue eyes should not occur nor should dominant traits that have been associated with anomalies that damage health such as merle homozygosity, which can lead to blindness and deafness. Such phenotypes are expected to remain low until genetic markers are available that would result in no chance of unhealthy puppies. Until that time no merle on merle crosses is allowed of our breeders. 

Breeders can request that the Advisory Board of the AKBI consider their program and dogs for approval. The pedigrees, goals and practices of the breeder’s program will be considered to see that they are congruent with those of the AKBI. The breeder should have high standards that protect individual dogs and the future owners of puppies whelped by the breeder’s dogs. Request an application for consideration.

Breeders are expected to register their breeding dogs and their litters with the Koolie Club of Australia. Part of our mission is to protect the Australian heritage of this breed, therefore supporting the kennel club in the country of origin is important and expected. 

There is an expectation that our breeders are honest and transparent and that they will openly communicate genetic findings to the science advisor and to the owners of puppies whelped by the breeder’s dogs. Breeders are expected to support each other and to work together in order to accomplish what is best for the breed.

Some basic expectations of AKBI are:

*Keeping accurate and detailed records of their sires and dams and all puppies whelped. This should include pedigrees, name of person puppies were placed with and contact information; descriptions of sex and color and other identification information as well as a copy of the signed puppy purchase contract.
*Considering inbreeding coefficients and relatedness of all crosses under consideration. Avoiding crosses with more than a 10% COI and preferably under 6%. The AKBI can provide hypothetical cross analysis to assist with these calculations.
* No merle on merle crosses, no dual blue-eyed crosses. Pigment is essential for proper fetal development so consideration for the lack of pigment should be taken when making crosses. 
*Puppies should be carefully placed with individuals who share the values of the breeders and the AKBI.

The AKBI is dynamic and will evolve with new scientific research and discovery in order to protect and sustain the Koolie breed. The purpose of the AKBI is to support breeders who practice high standards using science and new knowledge to preserve the Koolie and its Australian Heritage.