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working dog

one of any of several breeds of usually large, powerful dogs originally developed to assist people in their daily work, as draft animals, guard dogs, and guide dogs, and including the boxer, bullmastiff, Doberman pinscher, Great Dane, St. Bernard, and Siberian Husky.
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1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • It has materially benefited the condition of the working dog.

    The Land of Tomorrow William B Stephenson, Jr.
  • The progeny of the working dog are not any more trouble to rear than those of a rough-and-tumble Terrier.

    Sporting Dogs Frank Townend Barton
British Dictionary definitions for working dog

working dog

a dog of suitable breed or training kept for its practical use, such as herding sheep, rather than as a pet or for showing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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