Our beloved canine companions are (brace yourselves) animals, and as such, each dog, whatever its breed, has a taxonomic hierarchy, a biological classification of rank (such as species, genus, family, etc.). So that you know, it looks like this:
Class: Mammalia Linnaeus
Species Canis lupus
Subspecies Canis lupus familiaris
Interestingly, we noted during the course of research on state dogs that a couple of sites endowed the Boston Terrier with an additional taxonomic name: Canis familiaris bostenensis. The name is probably fabricated, but it suggests to us a fun exercise. What “taxonimic-sounding” name would you give your breed?