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Difference Between Breed and Species

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Main Difference-Breed vs Species Breed and species are two groups of organisms that can breed with the members of the same group. Breed is mostly used to describe groups of domestic animals while species can be animals, plants or microorganisms. The main difference between breed and species is that breed is a specific population that is selectively bred for the preservation of specific characteristics whereas species is the largest group that can produce a fertile offspring through breeding. Therefore, breed is a smaller group of animals than species. A particular species may contain several breeds. For example, Rottweiler and German Shepherd are two types of breeds of the species Canis lupus (dog). Key Areas Covered 1. What is a Breed-Definition, Purpose, Examples 2. What is a Species-Definition, Purpose, Examples 3. What are the Similarities Between Breed and Species-Outline of Common Features 4. What is the Difference Between Breed and Species-Comparison of Key Differences

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