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shepherd dog

Origin of shepherd dog
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • I have a shepherd-dog that has known me well, but the friendship is often interrupted by partings of some months' duration.

    Domesticated Animals Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
  • Some minutes pass: an old cock-grouse, put up by a shepherd-dog, rises a couple of hundred yards off.

  • His long nose, and great limpid, half-human eyes, have a suggestion of shepherd-dog blood about them.

    Palmetto-Leaves Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • He took training as readily as a collie or shepherd-dog, and I have never seen any dog more playful.

    The Spell of the Rockies Enos A. Mills
  • shepherd-dog: Only a well-trained dog would do, for turkeys are very timid and greatly afraid of a strange dog.

    Winter Dallas Lore Sharp
  • A mastiff has imparted courage to a greyhound, and a greyhound has transmitted to a shepherd-dog a disposition to hunt hares.

    What is Darwinism? Charles Hodge
  • Hunting-hound, shepherd-dog, if you like; blind-beggar's dog, never!

    The Princess of Bagdad Alexandre Dumas
  • The tasks which the animal was called on to perform were of a ruder nature than those which were allotted to the shepherd-dog.

    Domesticated Animals Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
British Dictionary definitions for shepherd-dog

shepherd dog

another term for sheepdog (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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