German shepherd


German shepherd

noun

: a large dog that is often used in police work and as a guide dog for blind people

Full Definition of GERMAN SHEPHERD

:  any of a breed of working dogs of German origin that are intelligent and responsive and are often used in police work and as guide dogs for the blind —called also Alsatian

First Known Use of GERMAN SHEPHERD

1926

Rhymes with GERMAN SHEPHERD

German shepherd

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

German shepherd—Sally Anne Thompson/EB Inc.

Breed of working dog developed in Germany from traditional herding and farm dogs. A strongly built, long-bodied dog, it stands 23–25 in. (58–64 cm) high and weighs 75–95 lbs (34–43 kg). Its coat is of coarse, medium-long outer hair and shorter, dense inner hair and ranges from white or pale gray to black; often it is gray and black or black and tan. Noted for intelligence, alertness, and loyalty, it is used as a guide for the blind, as a watchdog, and in police and military work.

Variants of GERMAN SHEPHERD

German shepherd or Alsatian

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