bitch.A female dog. breed. A variety of dog with consistent traits.
crop. To clip off the top of a puppy's ears to make them stand erect; illegal in some countries.
dock. To shorten a puppy's tail by cutting off a portion.
dog. Strictly speaking, a male canine.
feathering. Long fringes of hair on the ears, legs, and tail of some dogs.
kennel. A place where dogs are bred and boarded.
license. Permission by a government agency enabling anyone to keep a dog; usually requires a fee.
mongrel. A dog whose parents were not of the same breed.
mutt. Another name for a mongrel.
pedigree. A listing of the names of a dog's recent ancestors.
purebred. A dog whose parents and other ancestors were all of the same breed.
registration papers. Proof that the names of a purebred and its parents are on record at a dog registry, such as the American Kennel Club (AKC).
stud. A male used for breeding.
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