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or sheep dog

[sheep-dawg, -dog] /ˈʃipˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg/
a dog trained to herd and guard sheep.
Origin of sheepdog
First recorded in 1765-75; sheep + dog Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Like all good lurchers, she is bred between the greyhound and sheepdog.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • I came home about five or six o'clock and found the family at Treff Loyne laughing at old Tiger, the sheepdog.

    The Terror Arthur Machen
  • I have had, maybe, a dozen dogs in all, the best being the result of a pure cross between greyhound and sheepdog.

  • To this class belong most of the useful dogs, such as the spaniel, the setter, the pointer and the sheepdog.

  • She works her way out like a sheepdog working his way out of a flock of sheep, or like a boat through pack-ice.

    Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
  • At Rawak the phalanger and the sheepdog in a wild state were the only quadrupeds met with.

  • My comment on this story was that the farmer had displayed an almost incredible ignorance of a sheepdog—and a shepherd.

    A Shepherd's Life W. H. Hudson
British Dictionary definitions for sheepdog


Also called shepherd dog. a dog used for herding sheep See Border collie
any of various breeds of dog reared originally for herding sheep See Old English sheepdog, Shetland sheepdog
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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