Your Breed’s Taxonomic Hierarchy

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:

Kingdom:  Animalia
Subkingdom:  Bilateria
Infrakingdom: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclass: Tetrapoda
Class: Mammalia Linnaeus
Subclass: Theria
Infraclass: Eutheria
Order Carnivora
Suborder: Caniformia
Family Canidae
Genus Canis
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?

Image: Boston Terrier by Manda Wolfe –ArtbyManda



3 thoughts on “Your Breed’s Taxonomic Hierarchy”

  1. Berners: Canis familiaris lapdogicus
    Norwich Terriers: Canis familiaris rattersaureas
    Tibetan Spaniels: Canis familiaris exhibuit

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Optionally add an image (JPEG only)