Rescues, shelters and "breeds"
Since the consensus here is that any dog which is not registered or doesn't have a pedigree cannot be a member of any breed -- even if say, it looks VERY much or identical TO say, the "breed" that gets called Greyhound, is the notion of "breed" antiquated and past it's usefulness?
Since I hear here many times in dead seriousness that you can't tell breed on appearance, should rescues not make distinctions between dogs (based on appearance) when they determine what dogs they are going to take in? Should there just be "rescues" and not Border Collie rescue or Chihuahua rescue, since none of those dogs CANNOT be a breed?
Because I hear it said here all the time (again in much seriousness) that all dogs in rescue are just mutts because you don't know their background and pedigree.
Is the notion of breed antiquated? If a breed cannot be recognized based on appearance (knowing the obvious that not all reps of a breed are perfect reps of that breed), why HAVE breeds?