German shepherd noun
: a large dog that is often used in police work and as a guide dog for blind people
: 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
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German shepherd noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
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.
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Variants of GERMAN SHEPHERD
German shepherd or Alsatian
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