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Google Photos Can Help You Identify Pet Breeds

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Even the biggest dog fans out there can sometimes get confused about the breed of a cute puppy. Considering that there are about 340 breeds of dogs recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) — the world's governing body of dog breeds — it's not surprising that one furry friend or another might make you scratch your head a bit. Luckily, Google Lens is here to make your dog breed — and cat breed — questions a little easier to answer.

Google Lens — available on the ioS and Android app stores in Google Photos and Google Assistant — now boasts the ability to recognize different cat and dog breeds. All you have to do is take a photo of your feline or canine of choice on your smartphone, open it up in the app, and hit the "lens" button. Then, Google Lens will give its best shot at guessing what type of breed that good boy or girl is — and provide some helpful information and history about said breed. Learn how to use Google Lens in both apps in the video tutorial below:

If the Lens isn't sure about the exact pet breed — especially when it comes to mixed dogs — it will offer you a series of images of different breeds with the message, "I think one of these breeds is a match."

Prior to this announcement, Google Lens used to simply tell users if it spotted a generic "cat" or "dog" in a photo, so this is definitely an impressive — and useful — upgrade. We can't wait to show off our newfound knowlege to fellow pet lovers!

Speaking of dog photos, check out these sweet images of pups before and after being told that they're good boys:

h/t Engadget

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