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Dog breed

A dog breed is a group of dogs that have very similar or nearly identical characteristics of appearance or behavior or, usually, both, primarily because they come from a select set of ancestors who had the same characteristics.

Dogs have been selectively bred for specific characteristics for thousands of years.

Note:   The above text is excerpted from the Wikipedia article "Dog breed", which has been released under the GNU Free Documentation License.
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