Definition :


A subdivision of the species consisting of individuals with common hereditary characteristics. These characteristics can be morphological and physiological. Individuals are said to be purebred if they descend from parents belonging to the same breed. There are relatively few feline breeds but endless varieties. Differences between breeds of cats are morphological and, more specifically, related to coat. New breeds often arise from genetic mutations (sudden modifications that can be transmitted genetically, as in the American Curl, the Sphynx, etc.). However, many breeds would have disappeared if not for the hard work of dedicated breeders (for example, the Chartreux).

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