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 almost 400 articles containing 3,600 photographs, pictures and diagrams with more to be added.

In particular, 187 recognised pure breeds are covered on these unique pages, complete with their history and purpose. There are also an additional 54 breeds that are historical, extinct or known only by the FCI or some other Kennel Club Registry. 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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Russian Black Terrier

Formerly called 'Black Russian Terrier, the Russian Black Terrier was secretly bred behind the Iron Curtain to become the "ultimate four-legged soldier". Beginning around the mid-1900s, Russian dictator Joseph Stalin founded the 'Red Star' kennel which aimed to create a large, high-spirited military dog with a stable temperament. This dog would always be willing and able to work whilst withstanding ... »» Read more...

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The Samoyed we know today, is another Spitz-like descendant that originated from the 'Esquimaux Dog', the oldest type of dog known in Central Europe. From observation of Esquimaux dogs' skeletons, these tough, powerfully built hard-working dogs weighed up to 80 pounds. »» Read more...

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Siberian Husky

The Siberian Husky was developed by the Chukchi people of Russia who are native to the Chukchi Peninsula which is so far north that the Arctic Circle runs right through it. The Chukchi Peninsula is so called because it is bounded by the Chukchi and Bering Seas. This Peninsula is also so far east, it is the closest point in ... »» Read more...

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Alaskan Malamute

The Alaskan Malamute is the sled dog that was described by early Euro-American explorers. They gave the impression of being powerfully built. Their deep, chest and and strong, well-muscled body that ended with a bushy tail that was carried well over the back. Consequently the tail resembled a waving plume. Today, the Alaskan Malamute should still display their active, but ... »» 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...