Only Street Dogs Are Real Dogs

Purebreds don’t satisfy the biological definition of a species

Nautilus
Nautilus
Jan 13 · 11 min read
Watercolor painting of overlapping dogs of different species.
Watercolor painting of overlapping dogs of different species.
Illustration: Chris Buzelli

By Raymond Coppinger & Lorna Coppinger

Originally published at Nautilus on October 20, 2016.

What is a dog? Many people often think of dogs as kennel club creations. The purebred dog is man’s best friend, not the street dog. Man’s best friends live…

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