noun \-ˌdg\

: a dog that is trained to control sheep

Full Definition of SHEEPDOG

:  a dog (as a border collie) used to tend, drive, or guard sheep

First Known Use of SHEEPDOG

circa 1774


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In general, any dog breed developed to herd sheep; specifically, the border collie. Most sheepdog breeds stand about 2 ft (60 cm) and weigh over 50 lbs (23 kg). The French briard has bushy brows and a long, waterproof coat. The Belgian sheepdog has long black hair and erect ears. The Hungarian puli has a coat of long ropelike cords. It stands 16–19 in. (41–48 cm) and weighs about 30 lbs (14 kg). See also Old English sheepdog, Shetland sheepdog.


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