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guard dog

a large, aggressive dog, as a German shepherd or Doberman pinscher, trained to guard persons or property and often to attack or restrain on command.
Also, guarddog.
Origin of guard dog
1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for guard dog
  • Each band has a herder, guard dog, horse and sheep wagon.
  • Furthermore, you'd better have a good burglar alarm system or a reliable guard dog because house break-ins are frequent.
  • They are such energetic little clowns while also being the smallest guard dog.
  • Owning a guard dog requires a significant amount of investment and patience in training.
  • Register a guard dog or report loss, theft, or transfer of ownership.
  • Neutering a dog does not reduce its ability as either a guard dog or a watch dog.
  • The coyotes work in packs with a couple distracting the guard dog and the others killing the sheep.
  • Use a guard dog to deter bear or warn of their presence.

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