Landrace refers to a race of animals or plants ideally suited
for the land (environment) in which they live and, in some cases, work;
they often develop naturally with minimal assistance or guidance from
humans (or from humans using traditional rather than modern breeding
methods), hence are usually older, less modern races.
For example, landrace dogs are
very different depending on their origins and purpose;
were a landrace breed in
Scotland, where their primary characteristics had to do with how they herded
sheep in the
borderlands, and Salukis
were a landrace breed in the
Middle East where
they chased game
across open tracts of land. A landrace does not imply so much a
breed as a type; for example,
Border Collies traditionally have had a variation in appearance, from upright
prick ears to nearly drop ears, different fullnesses of coat, and so on,
although the general appearance was such that they could still be recognized as
Border Collies and their performance around sheep most accurately represented
their membership in that race.
Often, when people move to create a highly consistent breed, such as dogs for
the show ring, focus is
placed more on consistency of appearance rather than on consistency of behavior
or adaptability to the environment, and much of what made the animals a landrace
is lost. For example, show Border Collies might not be particularly good at
herding sheep and might not have a coat that is appropriate for the Scottish
borderlands; show Salukis might not be able to chase or catch
hares in the desert.
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