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 329 articles containing more than 2,400 photographs, pictures and diagrams with more to be added.

In particular, 190 recognized pure breeds are covered, 160 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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Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a longhaired, tricoloured, agile working dog of above medium size. He is self-confident and fearless in everyday situations, but devoted to his owners. At the same time, he is self-assured, good-natured, docile and placid towards strangers. »» Read more...

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The Rottweiler is a self-assured, steady and fearless medium to large sized dog, neither heavy nor light, and neither leggy nor weedy. Good-natured and placid, he is obedient, biddable and eager to work. His appearance is natural and rustic and his behaviour self-assured, steady and fearless. He reacts to his surroundings with great alertness but at the same time is ... »» Read more...

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Spanish Water and other Water Dogs

Here we have the Spanish Water Dog pictured which is a newcomer to Australia. But on this page we shall mention one other water dog yet to arrive here and over time others may be added. »» Read more...

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Junior Showmanship - a Royal Melbourne Show Initiative

Who would have dreamed that when the 'Australian Canine Turnout (Juvenile Handlers' Classes)' were born 1948, this would grow into a worldwide phenomena. From this event's infancy, the impact of Juniors experiencing their own contests has had a definite impact on the continuance of all purebred dog activities. I am proud that I have been a first-hand witness to this ... »» 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...