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 220 articles and more than 1,300 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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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...

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Here the story of the dog-man relationship is told, beginning with the early civilizations in which this relationship first developed. As this story continues, how and why the various types of dogs first evolved is described, together with their purpose of classification of dogs into the various groups of breeds. »» 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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About Us

Passion for dogs has dominated Jane Harvey's life. Having experienced the highs and lows of showing dogs, breeding dogs, judging dogs, studying Veterinary Science, being involved with dog administration and dealing with governments on dog related matters, 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...

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Named after the Canadian Island of Newfoundland where he was first developed, this giant breed is capable of swimming strongly in the sea, hauling loads on land as well as being a gentle companion. Immortalized in numerous works of art by famous painters, in literature by poets and writers especially through the 1800's, today's Newfoundland is essentially unchanged. He was ... »» Read more...

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Field Spaniel

A few centuries after Spaniels were first described as in the History of Spaniels, there was so much confusion about separating the various Spaniel breeds, the saga is elaborated upon in this section. This confusion arose before the advent of formal Field Trialling and dog showing in the second half of the 1800's, when many indiscriminate spaniel-type dogs which worked ... »» Read more...

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The Pug is one of the most popular breeds and quite unique in the Toy Group. His head with its wrinkles and round lustrous eyes give the impression of the great charm and dignity of his aristocratic past. Today his smooth coat and clown-like personality make him an attractive pet for modern society. »» Read more...

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History of Airedales in Australia

Airedale Terriers were first imported into Victoria, Australia in 1890 just 7 years after they were first recognized in the UK, and have been bred and exhibited here continuously ever since. This section covers the history of Airedale Terriers in Australia since those first imports and includes most of the major Australian breeders and kennels. »» Read more...