Carl Linnaeus is called the Father of Taxonomy. He developed the classification system that became what is now called taxonomy. Carl Linnaeus defined the word Species like this (paraphrase): If two animals can mate and produce fertile offspring they are the same species.
Wolves, foxes, jackals, coyotes, and all other wild dogs around the world are considered different species just because they look slightly different from each other, even though they can all mate and produce fertile offspring:
All dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club are known to be the same species: dog, Canis familiaris. They look remarkably different from each other. But, everyone knows and agrees that dog breeds are all the same species because we have seen it happen. They were all selectively bred for desired traits from dogs. Being a different size, different color, or different shape does not change the fact that they are all the same species: Dogs.
Wolves, foxes, jackals, coyotes and domestic dogs are all interfertile, meaning they can all mate and produce fertile offspring. That, by definition, makes them all the same species. So, why is it that wild dogs which look slightly different from each other are considered different species, yet domestic dogs which look very different from each other are known to be the same species?
Here’s why: All the various genus and species names given to wild dogs are a smoke screen to distract from the fact that there is only one kind of dog, but many, many varieties of that one kind of dog. There is no evidence to show that dogs evolved from any other animal. Dogs have always been dogs. Dogs had to be created in their final form, as dogs…. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, and dogs….
There are almost 200 breeds of domestic dog recognized by the American Kennel Club. There is a great deal of variety in size, color, shape, and many other attributes, a great deal more variety than in wild dogs. But they are all known to be the same species, dogs… All of the very different dogs breeds in the images below are the same species:
Dog breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club:
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth….. and dogs….