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 280 articles and more than 1,800 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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The Rise and Fall of Dog Shows

For millennia, dogs and man have been inseparable. But over the last two centuries, dogs gradually became more specialized. This specialization was the basis for the different breeds displayed at dog shows. But today, are these dog shows contributing to the demise of pure breed dogs? »» Read more...

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The Bichon Family

Bichons are complete extroverts, a joy to live with and well suited to modern society. Bichons are comparatively recent additions to the pure breed dog world, resurrected from virtual extinction. With controversy surrounding their ancient history, a few facts are presented here in the hope that the typical coat of each variety will not be dissipated by modern show ring ... »» Read more...

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Maltese and Bolognese

Many toy breeds descend from the forerunners of the Maltese which have been adored continuously as a small companion dog since the earliest civilizations. Their development demonstrates the effect of trading small dogs between the East and the West. Maltese history is summarized here, together with documentation from many respected sources. »» Read more...

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Lowchen ('Little Lion Dog')

The L√∂wchen or 'Little Lion Dog' is generally accepted as a member of the Bichon family. Its traditional 'Lion' clip is its distinguishing 'trade mark' but serves no practical purpose like the Poodle and other 'Water Dogs'. Typically, the Chinese background of the 'Little Lion Dog' has resulted in a personality that differs from other members of the Bichon family. »» 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...