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, 210 recognized pure breeds are covered, 167 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. Please explore and tell us about your JaneDogs experience!

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Quest for an Australian Stud Book

In 1862 when Australia's first dog show was held, every entry had the dog's pedigree information containing the owner, breed, parentage (if known), sex and dog's age. Dog enthusiasts could have never predicted how our modern dog world would develop. Today registrations, pedigree information and other data like breed characteristics defines our pure breed dogs. This is an outline of ... »» Read more...

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Junior Showmanship - a Royal Melbourne Show Initiative

The first 'Australian Canine Turnout (Juvenile Handlers' Classes)' was masterminded for the Royal Melbourne Show 1948. After this Melbourne event, recognised Kennel Clubs throughout the world began taking Junior Showmanship events seriously. The concept of allocating points based on horse dressage events appealed to Kennel Club officials, setting the structure for running classes for juniors at formal pure breed dog ... »» Read more...

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Agricultural Societies, Prefixes and the ANKC

Moving into the 1900's throughout Australia, compulsory memberships of the various State controlling bodies became entrenched into registration systems. While this solved our problems of unscrupulous dog traders, with no Stud Book in place, there was still a need for structure. This page outlines how Australia's State's bodies called upon our the Agricultural Societies and our Sheepdog Trialling fraternity to ... »» Read more...

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Murray River Retrievers

The Murray River Retriever the latest ANKC recognised pure breed. An Australian icon, he is also Australia's only home grown Gundog. The earliest reference has been traced back to early to mid 1800's and they have breed true ever since. They have been known by various names, including the Murray River Curly Coated Retriever, Murray River Curly, Murrays, Curlies, Murray ... »» 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...