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. Currently are 333 articles containing more than 2,450 photographs, pictures and diagrams with more to be added.

In particular, 194 recognized pure breeds are covered, 163 having unique pages with their history and purpose explored. Many are compared with like breeds in easily referenced tables. General areas are also covered, such as care and management, terminology, as well as 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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Bedlington and Dandie Dinmont Terriers

In the 1700's, what are now known as the Bedlington and Dandie Dinmont Terrier were the same breed. Developing for different purposes on both sides of the English-Scottish border, they had different leg lengths for work on top of and underneath the ground respectively! By 1874, they had become two of the oldest show breeds that appeared in the First ... »» Read more...

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Pyrenean Mountain Dog and Pyrenean Mastiff

The Pyrenean Mountain Dog earned a special place in Australia's history as our first resident Livestock Guardian Dog. He filled his traditional role just 50 years after the first British settlement. Hence he played a significant role in Australia's fledgling sheep industry. His continuous presence here has been documented ever since. »» Read more...

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Estrela Mountain Dog and other Livestock Guardian Dogs

The Estrela Mountain Dog is a Livestock Guardian Dog developed in Portugal. Considered one of the oldest Portuguese breeds, he is named after the remote Estrela Mountains. These are the highest mountains in continental Portugal where, as a sheep and watch dog, he protects herds against wolves that still existent today. He is also used to guard farms and dwellings, ... »» Read more...

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Almost two centuries ago, the Leonberger was first developed for his good looks rather than for a particular purpose. A large, elegant, reddish brown dog, he was supposedly bred to represent the form of a lion, a symbol for the town of Leon, in Germany. Today, his elegance and charming temperament makes him admired by dog enthusiasts world-wide. »» 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 three breeds share history, function, features or purpose, they are considered by comparison with a similar breed within that family. »» 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...