Janet was born in Ireland and educated in Ireland, Switzerland and England before studying at Dublin University, plus a year at the Sorbonne. She trained as Medical Social Worker.

Married with three children, Janet moved to France on her retirement in 1990. She has had a life-long interest in breeding and showing dogs - starting in 1955 under the prefix Duncarà - and as a breed specialist she has judged both Lowchens and Anatolian Shepards at Crufts.