Purebreds, also called purebreeds or pedigreed,
are cultivated varieties or cultivars of a
through the process of
In the hobby of dog fancy, the
word 'purebred' causes controversy, largely because of unresolved differences of
opinion over what constitutes a
In general, there are two types of purebred: those 'recognized' by a
kennel club and
those of independent breed clubs.
Kennel clubs usually have strict sets of criteria for the recognition of a
new or existing dog breed, normally with some period of developmental or
provisional status. It cannot be assumed that the date of recognition of a breed
indicates how long the breed has existed as a pure breed.
Independent purebreds are typically dogs of renown in their originating
countries, usually with a long history of breeding true to type. They may remain
independent due to any of the following reasons:
- The lack of a national kennel club or low interest in dog fancy in
- The dogs being so venerable that there is no reason to seek outside
- The desire to preserve independent control over the attributes of the
breed-specific legislation has threatened the existence of independent dog
clubs, as the fanciers of independent breeds are forced to seek alliance with
kennel clubs to preserve their dogs' purebred status.
The fanciers of newly developed breeds now almost always seek kennel club
affiliation at the outset.
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