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[sheep-dawg, -dog] /ˈʃipˌdɔg, -ˌdɒg/
a dog trained to herd and guard sheep.
Origin of sheepdog
1765-75; sheep + dog Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His role, he said, is that of a sheepdog with the training and temperament to intervene.
  • His campaign is cast into doubt when he comes upon an ancient ring that transforms him into a fat sheepdog.
  • He found a new all-purpose breed in the local sheepdog's strength and intelligence.
  • He gave a working sheepdog demonstration at the ranch.
  • Both the sheepdog and the wolf have the tools and the instincts of a predator.
  • When the wolf comes, you and your loved ones are going to die if there is not a sheepdog there to protect you.
  • Delightful comedy about the little pig who wanted to be a sheepdog.
British Dictionary definitions for sheepdog


Also called shepherd dog. a dog used for herding sheep See Border collie
any of various breeds of dog reared originally for herding sheep See Old English sheepdog, Shetland sheepdog
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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