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A variety of domestic dog or domestic cat with distinctive and uniform characteristics, as defined in a breed standard, and achieved by selective breeding.
Breed standards are written by breed clubs and associations, and approved and registered with governing bodies.
Dog governing bodies include:
The Kennel Club (UK)
American Kennel Club (USA)
United Kennel Clubs International (USA)
Canadian Kennel Club
Cat governing bodies include:
Governing Council of the Cat Fancy (UK)
Cat Fanciers' Association (USA)
The International Cat Association
Canadian Cat Association
A written standard that lists the attributes that are desirable in a breed of dog or cat.
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Standard of Points
A written standard that lists the attributes that are desirable in a
of cat created by breed associations and clubs, and standardized and approved by
This provides a blueprint for breeders and judges of conformation shows.
Also known as
A cat that conforms well to the body type defined in breed standards is described as
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