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shepherd dog

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Origin of shepherd dog

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Historical Examples

  • Hunting-hound, shepherd-dog, if you like; blind-beggar's dog, never!

    The Princess of Bagdad

    Alexandre Dumas

  • Some minutes pass: an old cock-grouse, put up by a shepherd-dog, rises a couple of hundred yards off.

  • Shepherd-dog: Only a well-trained dog would do, for turkeys are very timid and greatly afraid of a strange dog.


    Dallas Lore Sharp

  • His long nose, and great limpid, half-human eyes, have a suggestion of shepherd-dog blood about them.


    Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • He took training as readily as a collie or shepherd-dog, and I have never seen any dog more playful.

British Dictionary definitions for shepherd dog

shepherd dog

  1. another term for sheepdog (def. 1)
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