I understand variety. Looking through webpages, breeder pages, facebook pages...all the pictures, I see some variety that would be normal in most breeds. Then I see something that doesn't look like it belongs.
Especially since this breed is pretty focused on one working avenue? And isn't the gene pool supposed to be fairly small, since this is a breed in development, and not a type? 120 years of true breeding should have made the dogs fairly consistent. I don't believe there should be THIS much "variety" in such a supposedly small gene pool. I think that there HAS to be SOME breeder out there still breeding herding mixes and that is why all these lines look so different.
Compared to pictures already posted, of course. And the other dogs on Avalon's site, Yeta Hae's site, and the other breeders Avalon said her dogs are from, Coolibah and Borahview. Some of these dogs look very, very similar. Some don't look anything at all alike. So yeah, there's going to be some confusion. Some of these dogs I wouldn't look at and say, "Yeah, that's a C/Koolie...just different breeding"... Like I would on an Aussie or BC.