A breed is a specific group of domestic animals or plants with a homogeneous appearance, behavior, and other characteristics that distinguish it from other animals or plants of the same species, and arrived at through selective breeding. Despite the centrality of the idea of "breeds" to animal husbandry, there is no scientifically accepted definition of the term. A breed is therefore not an objective or biologically verifiable classification, but instead a term of art amongst groups of breeders who share a consensus around what qualities make some members of a given species members of a nameable subset. The term is distinguished from landrace, which refers to a naturally occurring regional variety of domestic (and sometimes feral) animal through uncontrolled breeding.
When bred together, animals of the same breed pass on these predictable traits to their offspring, and this ability—known as "breeding true"—is a requirement for a breed. Plant breeds are more commonly known as cultivars. The offspring produced as a result of breeding animals of one breed with other animals of another breed are known as crossbreeds or mixed breeds. Crosses between animal or plant variants above the level of breed/cultivar (species, subspecies, botanical variety, even different genera) are referred to as hybrids.
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... The Finnish Lapphund is a very intelligent and active breed ... The breed is friendly and alert, and makes a good watch dog, due to its tendency to bark at unfamiliar things ... The breed was originally used to herd reindeer by droving, and barking helped it to be distinguished from wolves ...
... Breed 77 (pronounced "Breed Seven-Seven") is a British band from the overseas territory of Gibraltar whose music is a fusion of alternative metal and flamenco ...
... Breed 77 have toured consistently over the years, and have supported bands such as Black Sabbath, Machine Head, Danzig, Ill Niño, One Minute Silence and Napalm Death ... Breed 77 played at Santa Cruz X 103.9's Jingleballs concert on December 6, 2006, in Santa Cruz, California ... On 12 June 2010, Breed 77 headlined the Red Bull Bedroom Jam stage at Download Festival ...
... Breed 77 comes from the British overseas territory of Gibraltar ... wanted a name to reflect their joint origins and called themselves simply Breed ... sign of Kilo 77 or K77, and the band became Breed 77 ...
Famous quotes containing the word breed:
“If our vaunted rule of the people does not breed nobler men and women than monarchies have doneit must and will inevitably give place to something better.”
—Anna Julia Cooper (18591964)
“They make other nations seem pale and flighty,
But they do think England is God almighty,
And you must remind them now and then
That other countries breed other men.”
—Alice Duer Miller (18741942)
“I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandmans cares.”
—George Washington (17321799)