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from what i can piece together science does not recognise dog breeds or cattle, horse....breeds???
To answer your original question, this is more or less correct. Even the borders between species are blurry. The Linnaean classification system which gives us Canis lupus familiaris is descriptive, not predictive. So what it does is it describes a population that has become different somehow from related populations. There are subspecies of wild wolves that would probably be regarded as separate "breeds" by most domestic dog breeders if they had to be classified. We have these classification systems because they allow scientists to group organisms together for study and observation. However, this does not mean that there is any point in time when one species suddenly "becomes" another. It's all a continuum.
 
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