JaneDogs is a unique site covering a full range of topics about dogs, from their earliest references in art and literature to their role in modern society. There are over 300 articles and more than 2,000 photographs, pictures and diagrams.

Individual breeds and their history and purpose are explored and compared with like breeds in easily referenced tables. 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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Portuguese Podengo Small/Medium/Large Smooth Haired and Small/Medium/Large Wire Haired

A relative newcomer to Australia, the Portuguese Podengo or Portuguese Warren Hound, is an ancient breed and Portugal's 'National Dog'. This primitive breed hunts not only with sight and scent, but also with its extraordinarily keen sense of hearing. It comes in six varieties. Each of the three sizes - large, medium and small come with both rough and smooth ... »» Read more...

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Chihuahua (Smooth) and (Long)

The Chihuahua is famous as one of the smallest dog breeds in the world. Typified by not only his diminutive size, but also his rounded skull with the molera or hole in the skull like the fontanelle in human babies. His large round eye, curious bird-like feet with long curving nails, and flat tail all contribute to the unique look ... »» Read more...

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Cairn and West Highland White Terrier

The Cairn and the West Highland White Terriers ("Westie') are considered together here because of the common origin of these two breeds. These rough coated working terriers hunted badger, otter and fox that lived in the rocky highlands or cairns on the West coast of Scotland. Working within the confines of rocky lairs was very different to working in soft ... »» Read more...

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Skye and Scottish Terrier

The historic similarity in construction of these two breeds is why they are considered here together. Bred to work underground, their modern long, low construction reflects the type of work these terriers were originally expected to perform. Today, as two separate pure breeds, this gives an alternative approach to understanding how modern exaggerations now typify both breeds. »» 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...