JaneDogs is a unique Australian site covering a full range of topics on dogs from their earliest references in art and literature to their role in modern society. It contains over 280 articles and more than 1,900 photographs, pictures and diagrams.

Individual breeds and their history and purpose are explored and compared with like breeds in easily referenced charts. General areas are also covered, such as care and management, terminology, plus today's social issues, and published stories.

Written by Jane Harvey, a world renowned dog expert, author and judge, this website contains original material not available elsewhere.

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Japanese Spitz

A medium sized white dog, the Japanese Spitz developed as a pure breed during the 1900's. He comes in only one size and although usually a companion or pet dog, he also makes an excellent watchdog. For comparison, the Italian breed the Volpino Italiano is also included in this section because he is also usually white and also only comes ... »» Read more...

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Chinese Crested Dog

Labelled 'Chinese' because the Chinese Crested Dog was first identified during a Chinese Dynasty which existed more than two thousand years ago, this Toy breed is best known as smooth hairless dog except for hair on its head, crest of neck, feet and tail. But the Chinese Crested also comes in a 'Powder Puff' double-coated variety which has an undercoat ... »» Read more...

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From Kangaroo Dogs to Greyhounds

... or perhaps from Greyhounds to Kangaroo Dogs! Mix this with the birth of Greyhound Racing and you have the story of one type of Sight Hound which not only shaped Australia, but also helped our earliest settlers survive. »» Read more...

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The Rise and Fall of Dog Shows

For millennia, dogs and man have been inseparable. But over the last two centuries, man has carefully bred and selected dogs suitable to perform particular, specialized roles. Within each role, there was physical descriptions or Breed Standards written. Then the names and parentage of individual dogs so depicted was recorded in Stud Books and hence they were called pedigreed dogs. ... »» Read more...

Major Sections

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Dog Advice

This instructional section deals with the many practicalities of choosing and and owning dogs. Utilizing a lifetime of personal experience as well as acting as a mentor to new owners, breeders, judges and dog show exhibitors, this section aims to answer numerous questions on general dog selection and care, grooming, breeding and judging dogs. »» Read more...

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Dog Breeds and Groups

Breeds are arranged here according to the Groups as classified by the ANKC (Australia). Breeds which are historically interesting or have a unique history, function, features or purpose have their own unique page. But where two or more breeds share history, function, features or purpose, they are considered by comparison with similar breeds or families of breeds. »» Read more...

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Dog Terminology

This section explains dog jargon used in Breed Standards and doggie talk by vets and dog breeders. Unless otherwise stated, this section combines use of our own original computer graphics some of which are overlain on photos of actual dogs, giving this glossary a new and unique approach. »» Read more...



This section contains historical stories not only about some famous Australian dog fables but also describes the evolution of our dog world. Issues that confront dog ownership in the 21st century are also explored here. »» Read more...

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It is difficult to put an exact date on when the dog-man relationship began. But certainly dogs and man originated about the same time several millennia BC and gave each other mutual advantages. Dogs had greater speed and sense of smell than man and therefore assisted with tracking, capturing and killing other wild animals for food while man provided dogs ... »» Read more...

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About Us

Passion for dogs has dominated Jane Harvey's life. Having experienced the highs and lows of showing, breeding, judging, administration and government policy, with great pleasure Jane's dog experience is presented here as well as acknowledgements to the many people who have contributed to this site. »» Read more...