Question by Mercedes: Which should I use? Family, species or subspecies?
Ok so I am a little confused on which terms to use. For instance you have canines, dogs and then a beagle. Would it be the family, the species and then the subspecies, or are there other terms that I would use? Thank you for any help.
Answer by Smeghead
Dog breeds, like “beagle”, are not subspecies. Dogs are a special case – most animals haven’t been bred into so many different forms. “Subspecies” is generally reserved for different populations seen in the wild; we don’t really use it to describe domestic animals.
All dogs are the same species – Canis lupus. Actually, the dog is a subspecies (Canis lupus familiaris) of the grey wolf (Canis lupus). Canine corresponds to the family, formally named “Canidae”.
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