How can I explain structure of a class and methods for below example?

I know this is basic question. But help is highly appreciated.
Let me say I have Class for example ANIMAL. I can have any animal horse,do,cat,lion,monkey and so on.
How can I create a class/classes and its methods to determine which type of animal it is?
RajG1978Asked:
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Carl TawnSystems and Integration DeveloperCommented:
How you go about it will depend on what you want to achieve. If you want each different animal to have its own characteristics and abilities, then you would create a class for each that inherits from the base Animal class.

If on the other hand you don't want/need anything that complicated then you can simply add a property to get/set the type. Something like:
public class Animal
{
    // constructor to set the type when instantiating the object
    public Animal(string type)
    {
         this.Type = type;
    }

    public string Type { get; set; }       // automatic property
}

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Naman GoelSoftware engineer 1Commented:
For this you can use GetType() method and then call Name property over it.

namespace ConsoleApplication1
{
    class Animal
    {
        public Animal()
        {
        }

        public int Legs { get; set; }
        //Common Methods and properties for Animal
    }

    class Lion : Animal
    {
        //Methods and properties for Lion
    }

    class Cat : Animal
    {
        //Methods and properties for Lion
    }

    class Program
    {
        static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            Animal animal = new Cat();
            string type= animal.GetType().Name;

            animal = new Lion();
            type = animal.GetType().Name;
        }
    }
}

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