- 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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A friendly German-shepherd puppy rouses from his nap on the sunny porch to greet visitors enthusiastically.
German shepherd dog
- another name for Alsatian (def. 1)