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 there are over 330 articles containing 3,600 photographs, pictures and diagrams with more to be added.

In particular, 265 recognised pure breeds are covered on these unique pages, complete with their history and purpose. 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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Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherds were named in California by the Americans around 1850, when these dogs accompanied the flocks of sheep that sailed from Australia to USA. These sheep were feed for the thousands of people that were attracted to the West Coast of USA during the Gold Rush. Although the Australian Shepherd has existed in USA ever since, it was not ... »» Read more...

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Australian Cattle Dog

The Australian Cattle Dog and Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog were extremely important in the initial settlement of Australia as a colony. Stemming from a cross between the Australian Dingo and an assortment of British herding dogs, these two breeds were originally developed to muster and drive mobs of cattle from remote unfenced outback areas to the sale yards of ... »» Read more...

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How Dogs Shaped our Colonies

In 1788, the British landed in Sydney, New South Wales. Instead of respecting the rights of Aboriginal people who had lived in Australia for thousands of years, the British claimed the entire continent of Australia as their own. At first, as illustrated, the British governed it as two independent colonies. Then in 1901, Australia became an independently governed Nation with ... »» Read more...

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Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog

In northern New South Wales and southern Queensland, the stumpy-tailed dogs were preferred. Known as the Timmins' Biter found popularity in the more remote districts of north-west New South Wales and southern Queensland. As a drovers' dogs, this breed had plenty of daylight under it and was a tireless worker of cattle on large holdings and long-distance droving in rough ... »» 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...