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A breed is a domesticated subspecies or infrasubspecies of an animal. For a type to be recognised as a breed, there should be a viable true-breeding population. The term may also be used as a verb, meaning action intended to produce offspring. The breeder makes it his or her trade to engage in plant breeding and the maintenance and creation of breeds of animals suitable for domestication.
Additional recommended knowledge
A breed should also be distinguished from a strain, which is simply the descendants of a single significant individual, and which in domesticated animals is also known as a bloodline. A strain may not remain entirely within a breed, nor is a breed necessarily composed of a single strain.
Common animal breeds
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