Welcome to WikiProject Dogs, a wikiproject dedicated to improving Wikipedia's articles relating to the family of mammals known as the Canidae and commonly referred to as "dogs", of which the domestic dog is but one of its members. Any editor can help contribute to this project by looking at the tasks listed here to find something in their interest or inquire on the talk page. Editors seeking an assessment of the quality or importance for a dog-related article should click here.
- To improve Wikipedia's coverage of dogs by creating, expanding, and maintaining articles.
- To serve as the central point of dog-related article discussion.
- To provide guidelines and recommendations for articles about dogs.
The scope of this project includes those articles contained within the Category:Canines and any other articles that directly relate to dogs, whether living or extinct.
WikiProject Dogs has created Taskforces to focus on specific groups of articles:
- Dog breeds task force was created to ensure that all dog breed articles are consistent, and has a number of subpages and talk pages.
- The Greyhound racing task force was created in October 2007 and has been inactive since October 2008.
- The Dog photos task force has been inactive since 2008. It had been established to move all dog photos located on Wikipedia onto WikiCommons.
- The Assessment department is where we assess the quality and importance of the dog-related articles.
- The Gallery provides a collection of some of our best pictures.
- The Collaboration department has not been active since 2015. It had been established to nominate an article for improvement each month.
- The Top-importance articles department has not been active since 2006. It had been established as a place where all members could indicate which articles they thought were of top importance to the project.
Any editor can help contribute to this project by looking at the tasks listed below to find something in their interest.
Dog-related content that has been proposed for assessment at Featured article, Featured list, Featured picture, Good article, Did you know? level or nominated for Peer review appears below.
All new articles should be added to the page Wikipedia:WikiProject Dogs/Articles to ensure that these are included on the recent changes list.
Recent change patrolling
Members can review the recent changes list to be aware of improvements or vandalism.
Articles needing attention
Members can look at the Category:Dogs articles needing attention page that indicates the deficiencies in articles that can be improved. Articles with one or more templates questioning the content on the article page itself are placed in the category by adding "|attention=yes" to the project banner on the talk page.
An list of articles in need of cleanup is available here.
Unreferenced Biography of Living Persons
This category contains biographies of living persons that lack references and/or inline citations. Where these exist, members can add sources to Unreferenced BLPs.
Stub dog articles that would benefit from development can be found here:
Several red links exist in some dog related articles, and there are also several other pages which have been requested to be created. They can be found at Wikipedia:WikiProject Dogs/Requested articles.
Most popular articles
An automatically generated list of the most visited articles is generated here on a monthly basis: Wikipedia:WikiProject Dogs/Popular pages.
Category:WikiProject Dogs articles plus Wikipedia:WikiProject Dogs/Articles
Perennial deleted and merged articles
Various pages on non-notable alleged breeds, new breeds, "rare" breeds, cross-breeds, and populations of dogs (feral, etc.) keep getting deleted for lack of proper sourcing, for promotionalism, for lack of recognition by any breeder/fancier organizations. They are sometimes re-created then deleted again. If you have come to wikipedia to promote your "backyard breeder" experiment, you are making a mistake.
There have been many others.
One recurrent, problematic pattern has been the creation of redundant articles for a particular point of view, most often duplicate pages about dog breed groups just because organization A uses a different name than organization B for the same dogs. Similarly, some duplicate articles have been created for the same breed under multiple names, or split-off articles for "breeds" that are just color varieties or other sub-breeds. Such a "PoV fork" will get merged into the more comprehensive, main article that lists the variant names for the breed group at the top of the article. The title of the article should always be the most common name in independent, reliable sources.