pooch

[pooch]
noun Informal.
a dog.

Origin:
1895–1900; origin uncertain

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pooch (puːtʃ)
 
n
a slang word for dog
 
[of unknown origin]

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pooch
1924, "dog," Amer.Eng., of unknown origin.
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Example sentences
Brush some hair off your own pooch or get it from a local dog groomer.
Over the last two years the dean has posted numerous photographs of the
  sad-eyed, handsome pooch.
Any dog owner could tell you that dogs have personalities, and could describe
  that of their own pooch.
New self-sustaining dog houses are perfect for the eco-conscious pooch owner.
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