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 320 articles containing 2,300 photographs, pictures and diagrams with more to be added.

In particular, 190 recognized pure breeds are covered, 155 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.

Please explore and tell us about your JaneDogs experience!

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Handling Dogs at Shows

This page describes the beginnings of Junior Showmanship Competitions and how these helped shape my life. This is followed by the basics of handling dogs at shows, gained from a life-time of personal experience on this vast subject. »» Read more...

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Italian Greyhound

Despite the Breed Standard of the Italian Greyhound stating he is 'a Greyhound in Miniature', he is not a dwarfed Greyhound or Whippet. However, he is the smallest of the Sight Hounds. With his small size and unique gait defining his breed type, today he is a distinctive, clean little dog that has adapted well to the demands of modern ... »» Read more...

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Exhibitors will be Exhibitors

This whimsical view of published rhetoric that happened over 120 years ago, still appears on today's social media. It demonstrates that frivolous conflicts were endemic to dog shows from the beginning. Is this because dog shows are all about opinion? If so, is it just a product of today's society that discussion about today's show dogs attracts litigation? »» Read more...

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The Whippet is a modern, versatile, muscular and athletic breed. But they are also sweet natured, playful and responsive with people. They love to live indoors, their handy size and short coat making them an ideal pet for modern society. However, it is important to remember that being a Sight Hound, they must be well exercised and will take every ... »» 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...