JaneDogs Exploring the Wonderful World of Dogs

JaneDogs is a unique Australian site covering a full range of topics on dogs from their earliest references in art and literature to their role in modern society. It contains around 250 original article pages and more than 1,200 photographs and illustrations.

Explore how and why dogs have evolved into so many shapes and sizes. Learn about individual breeds, their purpose, history and comparisons with other breeds. More general areas are also covered, such as care and management, terminology, social issues, and some delightful stories about dogs.

JaneDogs has received wide acclaim from dog owners, breeders, judges and dog enthusiasts. Written by Jane Harvey, a highly recognised dog expert, author and judge, this website contributes significant original material aimed at exploring the wonderful world of dogs.

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    What are pure breed dogs? Borzoi

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    History of Companion Dogs King Charles Spaniels c 1895

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    About Jane Harvey About us

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    Terminology Balanced reach and drive

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    Stories and Commentary The Kelpies of 'Red Dog'

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    Grooming Trimming the feet

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    Livestock Guardian Dogs (Working) Maremma sheepdog with baby goats

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    Breeding Golden Retriever puppies

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    History Airedale Terriers

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    Tenterfield Terriers Terriers Developed outside Great Britain

Goldern Retriever Puppy

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...


Alphabetical Index of Dog Breeds

This index of links to dog breeds provides a useful shortcut to a unique page about that breed. Breed pages typically include an interesting historical insight and often contain comparisons with closely related breads. Breeds are organised into sections usually related to their origin and/or purpose behind the development of those breeds. »» Read more...


Dog Breeds by Group

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...

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

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...

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Here the story of the dog-man relationship is told, beginning with the early civilizations in which this relationship first developed. As this story continues, how and why the various types of dogs first evolved is described, together with the purpose of classification of dogs into the various groups of breeds. »» Read more...

Border Collie

Dogs In Society

Dogs have always been an integral part of society. However, as our lifestyle changes, many aspects of owning dogs within this modern society also changes. This section contains some wonderful stories about dogs and roles and benefits today. But this section also explores some of the issues that confront dog ownership in the 21st century. »» 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 dogs, breeding dogs, judging dogs, studying Veterinary Science, being involved with dog administration and dealing with governments on dog related matters, with great pleasure Jane's dog philosophies are presented for this site. »» Read more...