GCWR Guidelines for Breeders


The German Coolie World Registry (GCWR) seeks to protect and preserve the Australian heritage of the versatile German Coolie as a herding, sporting and companion dog with a vision toward sound genetics and healthy canine athletes. This registry is designed to preserve the genetic diversity and temperament of the German Coolie dog, which has existed in Australia since the first German herders arrived with their dogs centuries ago. The GCWR is not about a strict breed standard based on looks; thus German Coolies 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 GCWR is a selective registry 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 German Coolie strong through the centuries and this registry desires to maintain that diversity. Therefore heterozygosity at the genetic level is encouraged and desired. Breeders are encouraged to cross animals of known German Coolie 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 offspring of such crosses will not be accepted into the registry.

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

There are two levels of registry; Breeding Stock Registry for sires and dams from approved breeders and Regular Registry for puppies that are whelped by approved sires and dams from the Breeding Stock Registry. Dogs in the regular registry can advance to the Breeding Stock Registry at one year of age if the dog is DNA tested or cleared by parentage DNA testing. If a breeder has a signed non-breeding contract for a dog it cannot be advanced to breeding stock without a new breeder contract. Litters of approved breeders will be recorded with the registry and all puppies may be registered with the GCWR in the regular registry.

Registry with the GCWR is always contingent on what is best for the German Coolie breed. This registry expects breeders to be honest and transparent and to communicate genetic findings to the registry 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 German Coolie breeders 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 registrar can provide hypothetical cross analysis to assist with these calculations.
* No merle on merle crosses, no dual blue-eyed crosses. Pigment on noses is preferred. No dual crosses with lack of pigment around ears and eyes.
*Puppies should be carefully placed with individuals who share the values of the breeders and the GCWR.

This registry is dynamic and will evolve with new scientific research and discovery in order to protect and sustain the German Coolie breed. The purpose of this registry is to support breeders who practice high standards using science and new knowledge to preserve the German Coolie.