: a carnivorous mammal (Canis familiaris) closely related to the gray wolf that has long been domesticated as a pet, occurs in a variety of sizes, colors, and coat types, and is sometimes trained to perform special tasks (such as herding, guarding, or acting as a service animal)
After 31 years of Labrador retrievers holding the title, the American Kennel Club says French bulldogs were the most popular dog in America last year.—Scott Simon
: any of a family (Canidae) of carnivorous mammals that includes the wolves, jackals, foxes, coyotes, and the domestic dog : canid
That dog barks all day long.
children playing with the family dog
wild dogs such as the Australian dingo
Her latest book turned out to be a real dog.
That was a dog of a movie. Verb
He dogged her every move.
Creditors dogged him until he finally paid his bills. See More
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According to LifeLine, the DeKalb shelter takes in 135 dogs a week on average.—Jim Gaines, ajc, 13 Sep. 2023 The remains were found by two men who were running their dogs and looking for rocks, according to DNASolves.—CBS News, 13 Sep. 2023 This included four search dogs, three doctors, a diving team and a water extraction contingent, Tunisia’s state news agency TAP reported.—Rhea Mogul, CNN, 13 Sep. 2023 The couple was seen taking a stroll on a N.Y.C. street with Bosworth's dog, Happy, on Tuesday.—Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 13 Sep. 2023 Police brought in hundreds of law enforcement personnel with dogs, armored carriers, horses and helicopters that circled overhead.—Maryclaire Dale, Marc Levy and Michael Rubinkam, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Sep. 2023 Responding officers found the dog, and advised the owner to take the dog in.—cleveland, 13 Sep. 2023 On a return trip this week with her sister, Pape used a large mural of a dog in a NASA spacesuit above an exit as a signpost.—Justin George, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2023 And some small dogs who can fit underneath a seat are traumatized by the experience.—Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2023
Altogether, the Reflective is a great choice for a young dog that will grow or a multi-dog family.—Outside Online, 26 June 2020 But there were fewer differences in sleep quality indicators between cat and non-cat owners compared to dog and non-dog owners.—L'oreal Thompson Payton, Fortune Well, 17 Mar. 2023 My 11-year-old loved watching the pups roll balls and play a giant floor piano, but for non-dog owners (guilty as charged), parts of the series—like dressing dogs in little hats and outfits for a Parisian fashion show—feel lame.—Tim Neville, Outside Online, 23 Nov. 2020 For single- or multi-dog households, or simply to test a new brand, the five bag sizes provide plenty of alternatives.—Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 23 Oct. 2022 State records show dog handler applications were submitted under ISS for dozens of guards.—Joe Mahr, chicagotribune.com, 1 Aug. 2019 Dog beds: Hemp Vintage Stripe Envelope in Black; harrybarker.com.—Southern Living, 1 Sep. 2013 For entertainment, there will be dog races, a police K-9 demonstration, dogs splashing into water and Repticon, a showing of exotic pets, consisting of reptiles, insects and amphibians.—Louis Casiano Jr., Orange County Register, 28 Apr. 2017
Keir Starmer, the leader of the Labour Party, has a powerful reason for never wanting to talk about Israel or Palestine, and that reason is Jeremy Corbyn, his predecessor, whose leadership was dogged by allegations of antisemitism.—Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 15 Nov. 2023 Toxicity concerns have dogged BVO for over 50 years.—Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 3 Nov. 2023 The surgery, believed to be the first of Kershaw’s MLB career, comes after the left-hander was dogged by shoulder troubles throughout the second half of last season.—Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2023 This prejudiced approach – further soured by industry rules prohibiting on-screen kissing between Chinese and white actors – dogged the actor throughout her career.—Erin Douglass, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Oct. 2023 Because of her own personal experience, Gabi is understandably dogged in her pursuit of missing people, and it’s earned her a reputation for being somewhat of a vigilante in the law enforcement space.—Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 12 Oct. 2023 But not every movement has as dogged a researcher as Garber at its service, nor as singular and visionary a figure as Woolf at its core.—Chris Vognar, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Sep. 2023 Biden, the nation’s oldest president at age 80, is poised to reclaim the party’s nomination, yet he has been dogged with questions about his age, frustration over his handling of the economy and anxiety about two wars.—Ken Thomas, WSJ, 5 Nov. 2023 But don’t underestimate him; he is also dogged — and a true believer in journalism as a force for good.—Ken Armstrong, ProPublica, 30 Oct. 2023 See More
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