I first created this site when I was a student at the University of York in the UK. I am now 27 and live in Yorkshire with my pet rats. I work full time and run this site in my spare time.

I have no formal qualifications in genetics (my degree and postgrad are unrelated), and I do not breed animals, however I have a general interest in all aspects of biology/zoology. My other hobbies include photography, moth-trapping, jewellery making and writing. In addition, I am a collector of antique and vintage pet photographs (mostly 1860s-1940s) and have over 2,000 so far.
I am also an amateur dog artist/cartoonist, as you may have noticed from the illustrations on this site. For more of my work, click on the "Art" link below.

I originally created this site in 2007, and I continue to update regularly with corrections, new information and sometimes entire new sections. The photographs I've used are mainly my own, but where stated I have used photos given to me by friends and readers. All of the illustrations are my own, including the animations.
Many of the photos were taken at dog shows and I was unable at the time to get permission from the owners. If you see your dog on this site then please let me know and I am happy to add whatever credit you would like to see.
If you have any comments on this site, I'd love to hear from you, so please send me an e-mail at jchappellart@hotmail.com. I am also interested in photo submissions, particularly for colours or patterns that I don't currently have any clear examples of. However, any photos you submit must be your own.

About My Pets

Current Pets
Past Pets


Photography Gallery


Animal Art and Design by Jess (website)