Breed Information

What is a breed?

A breed is defined as a group of animals that has been selected by humans to possess a set of inherited characteristics that distinguishes it from other animals within the same species.

For recognition by the Trust a breed must be an original breed, or a native breed of which at least one parent breed is believed to be extinct. Evidence of its continuous documented existence will take the form of written material e.g. newspapers of the time, or historical writings.

An original population is that segment of an original breed, or a native breed of which at least one parent breed is believed to be extinct, which has not suffered unacceptable introgression.