What is breed?

  • (noun): Half-caste offspring of parents of different races (especially of white and Indian parents).
    Synonyms: half-breed
    See also — Additional definitions below


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.

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Breed 77 - Origin
... Breed 77 comes from the British overseas territory of Gibraltar ... they wanted a name to reflect their joint origins and called themselves simply Breed ... a motorcycle courier under the call sign of Kilo 77 or K77, and the band became Breed 77 ...
Domestic Animal Breeds
... Mammals List of dog breeds List of cat breeds List of horse breeds List of rabbit breeds List of sheep breeds List of goat breeds List of cattle breeds List of ...
Breed 77
... 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 - On Tour
... Breed 77 have toured consistently over the years, and have supported bands such as Black Sabbath, Machine Head, Danzig, Ill NiƱo, 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 ...
Finnish Lapphund - Description - Temperament
... 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 ...

More definitions of "breed":

  • (verb): Copulate with a female, used especially of horses.
    Synonyms: cover
  • (noun): A special lineage.
    Example: "A breed of Americans"
  • (noun): A special variety of domesticated animals within a species.
    Example: "He experimented on a particular breed of white rats"
    Synonyms: strain, stock
  • (verb): Of plants or animals.
    Example: "She breeds dogs"
  • (verb): Have young (animals).
    Example: "Pandas rarely breed in captivity"
    Synonyms: multiply
  • (noun): A lineage or race of people.
    Synonyms: strain

Famous quotes containing the word breed:

    Not from this anger after
    Refusal struck like a bell under water
    Shall her smile breed that mouth, behind the mirror,
    That burns along my eyes.
    Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)

    Not Chaos, not
    The darkest pit of lowest Erebus,
    Nor aught of blinder vacancy, scooped out
    By help of dreams can breed such fear and awe
    As fall upon us often when we look
    Into our Minds, into the Mind of Man.
    William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

    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 husbandman’s cares.
    George Washington (1732–1799)