WHAT THEY ARE
The Breeds are a rare species that, with varying genetic make-up, can transform (shapeshift) into their Breed specific form. The species is broken down into several tribes (families), including but not limited to panthera leo and canin lupus.
More specifically, the more common Breeds are large felines (lions, panthers, jaguars, leopards, and various types of mountain cats) and canines (wolves, coyotes, and foxes). On rare occassions and due to smaller numbers other Breeds have been recorded, such as birds of prey and bears.
Each sub-species have unique genetic traits and talents and most, if not all have the ability to shapeshift at will. Heightened senses (eyesight, sense of smell, hearing) and speed, strength, stamina, and agility are all shared abilities though each family experiences varied levels (i.e, regards to speed, leopard versus bear). Rapid regenerative abilities to less serious wounds aid in the healing process.
Breeds are geographically spread out, ranging from Amazons, American forests, and further. They lived in established packs, once seeking refuge and comfort in numbers. Originally, Breeds kept to their established habitats but over generations have become civilized and branched out, now living in cities with their numbers spread thin due to low population.
In this century, few tribes remain together (complete with heirarchy) and those who do, still reside in or close to their preferred and ideal living locations (jungles, forests, plains).
Breeds are monogamus, and while most mate for life, males lead an active sexual life until they find their mate. Bonded females may only breed and/or beget children with their mate. More males are born than females, though both sexes face the unexplained infant mortality rate. The reason behind the low survivability has not yet been discovered.