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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Xoloitzcuintle and Peruvian Hairless Dogs

The isolated settlements of Central America are among the most ancient in the world, akin to the Chinese and those of Mesopotamia and Northern Africa. In a similar way to how the 'Lion-dog' was worshiped through Buddhism in China, the superstitions of the ancient civilizations of South America harboured the existence of hairless dogs. »» Read more...

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Great Dane

The Great Dane originated in Denmark, was named by a Frenchman, was used by the Germans for boar hunting, but was developed into the pure breed we know today by the British aristocracy. Such are the many facets of the Great Dane! With neither the lightness of a Greyhound nor the heaviness of a Mastiff, this majestic dog has a ... »» Read more...

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The Keeshond is quite distinctive with its grey coat tipped with black and 'spectacles' around its eyes. Originally called the German Wolfsspitz, when they arrived in England around 1900, they were called 'Dutch Barge Dogs'. This was because they guarded the gangway of the numerous barges of Holland while their masters went ashore. Re-named the Keeshond by the Kennel Club ... »» 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...

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...