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 316 articles containing 2,260 photographs, pictures and diagrams with more to be added.

In particular, 188 recognized pure breeds are covered, 153 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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The Airedale Terrier

The Airedale Terrier is the 'King of the Terriers' with a character and personality all of his own. As part of my family's life for 48 years, their whimsical ways helped keep my sanity whist raising my human family. Today, the Airedale's medium size and adaptability make him an ideal family pet that fits into the many demands of modern ... »» Read more...

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Field Spaniel

Before the advent of formal Field Trialing and dog showing in the second half of the 1800's, any spaniel-type dogs which worked in the field to flush game were called 'Field Spaniels'. This section gives an overview of how the seven Land Spaniel breeds separated so now we are left with a separate breed, the historically black spaniel we know ... »» Read more...

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Russian Toy (Smooth) and (Long)

The Russian Toy (Smooth) and (Long) is one of the world's smallest dog breeds. It developed as a Pure Breed in isolation when Russian people were suffering political segregation under Communist rule. This required the skill and leadership of extremely skilled breeders. It is a tribute to the passion of these people that today the modern Russian Toy (Smooth) and ... »» Read more...

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How Terriers Worked

The name 'Terrier' is derived from the Latin word 'Terra' meaning earth. By the early 1800's when the various different terrier types began to emerge, there were no formal registration records. Huntsmen and farmers did not care what the terrier looked like as long as it hunted the required animals that lived beneath the ground. Any dog that could do ... »» 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...