working dog


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working dog

n.
A dog of any of various breeds developed or trained to do useful work, such as herding animals, pulling wagons or sleds, or guarding property.
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working dog

n
(Breeds) a dog of suitable breed or training kept for its practical use, such as herding sheep, rather than as a pet or for showing
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work′ing dog`


n.
any of several breeds of usu. large dogs developed to perform a practical function, as herding, guarding, or pulling heavy loads, as the collie, Doberman pinscher, and Siberian husky.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.working dog - any of several breeds of usually large powerful dogs bred to work as draft animals and guard and guide dogsworking dog - any of several breeds of usually large powerful dogs bred to work as draft animals and guard and guide dogs
Canis familiaris, dog, domestic dog - a member of the genus Canis (probably descended from the common wolf) that has been domesticated by man since prehistoric times; occurs in many breeds; "the dog barked all night"
guard dog, watchdog - a dog trained to guard property
sheep dog, sheepdog, shepherd dog - any of various usually long-haired breeds of dog reared to herd and guard sheep
police dog - any dog trained to assist police especially in tracking
Sennenhunde - any of four Swiss breeds
boxer - a breed of stocky medium-sized short-haired dog with a brindled coat and square-jawed muzzle developed in Germany
mastiff - an old breed of powerful deep-chested smooth-coated dog used chiefly as a watchdog and guard dog
bull mastiff - large powerful breed developed by crossing the bulldog and the mastiff
bulldog, English bulldog - a sturdy thickset short-haired breed with a large head and strong undershot lower jaw; developed originally in England for bull baiting
Great Dane - very large powerful smooth-coated breed of dog
guide dog - a dog trained to guide the blind
hearing dog - dog trained to assist the deaf by signaling the occurrence of certain sounds
Saint Bernard, St Bernard - a Swiss alpine breed of large powerful dog with a thick coat of hair used as a rescue dog
seizure-alert dog - a dog that can alert or assist people with seizure disorders
sled dog, sledge dog - a dog trained to draw a sled usually in a team
Eskimo dog, husky - breed of heavy-coated Arctic sled dog
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