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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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