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 328 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.

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Flat Coated Retrievers

In the early 1800's some of the Retrieving dogs that came across from the Labrador region of Canada, landed at Poole, in the southern Region of England. There were bred with Setting Spaniels. These crosses produced the Wavy or Flat Coated Retriever that was to become extremely popular by the second half of the 1800's. »» Read more...

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Golden Retrievers

The Golden Retriever is one of our most popular breeds. His medium size, his soft, kindly expression together with his loving, biddable temperament makes him a popular family pet who meets the demands of modern society. »» Read more...

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Curly Coated Retrievers

With his distinctive coat of tight, waterproof curls, the Curly Coated Retriever was developed to retrieve shot game in the Tweed River region of Britain. This river historically served as a border between England and Scotland. The tallest of the Retrievers, his long legs gave him an advantage when retrieving from among tall reeds that lined the river banks. »» Read more...

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The Changing Role of Retrievers

This brief outline is of how the Retrievers' original job of retrieving shot game, has been transformed into a sporting activity. Today, their docile temperament also makes them ideal to fill the role of assisting 'special needs' people in modern society. »» 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...