For those of you with “average “dogs (as if any purebred dog is average), it may interest you to know that your dog has a taxonomic hierarchy, a biological classification of rank. It looks like this:
Class: Mammalia Linnaeus
Species Canis lupus
Subspecies Canis lupus familiaris
Some breeds have been “gifted” an additional taxonomic name (probably in fun), breeds like the Boston Terrier. Interestingly, and not as a tongue in cheek exercise, 19th-century writers also gave small toy-sized spaniels a scientific name. It was rooted in a term that Dr. Caius, a 16th century English physician, had given the little dogs carried around by ladies of breeding of his time: “Comforter” dogs. We suppose that it seemed logical to those 19th century authors to give the species its own biological classification. We love what they came up with: “Canis consolator.”
Image: 19th Century engraving is titled: “Early Type of Toy Spaniels ” offered by AntiquePrintEmporium is available for purchase here.