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German shepherd

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noun
  1. one of a breed of large shepherd dogs having a coat ranging in color from gray to brindled, black-and-tan, or black, used especially in police work and as a guide for the blind.

Origin of German shepherd

1930–35; shepherd probably as translation of German Schäferhund
Also called German shepherd dog, German police dog.
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British Dictionary definitions for german shepherd

German shepherd

German shepherd dog

noun
  1. another name for Alsatian (def. 1)
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