Breed type is the whole of the characteristics that are typical of a breed of domesticated animals. Breed type may include details of form or color that are not directly related to the economic value of the animal, and are usually defined in breed standards.
"Examples [of breed type] include the shape of horns and the color pattern in cattle, the shape of ear in swine, and the color of the face and shape of the ear in sheep" and are "in a sense, a trademark".
Breed type in this sense means "qualities (as of bodily contour and carriage) that are felt to indicate excellence in members of a group"  and is different from a type of animal, meaning a variety or breed of domesticated animal.
- http://www.ideal-alpaca.com/article/alpaca-breed-type-162.htm A Comparative Analysis Of Alpaca Breed Type And Standards, by Mike Safley, Jude Anderson, Maggie Krieger, Retrieved on 14 May 2008
- Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged. 1967 Springfield, MA U.S.A.: G&C Merriam Company, pg 2476.
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