sheep·​dog | \ ˈshēp-ˌdȯg How to pronounce sheepdog (audio) \

Definition of sheepdog

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

Examples of sheepdog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wasabi came out on top of a finalist pack that also included Mathew the French bulldog, Connor the old English sheepdog, Jade the German shorthaired pointer, Striker the Samoyed, and a West Highland white terrier named Boy. Jennifer Peltz, Anchorage Daily News, 14 June 2021 Bugaboo’s Picture Perfect, aka Swagger, an English sheepdog, is named Reserve Best in Show, a runner-up award reintroduced for the 2013 show after not having been awarded since 1925. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 14 June 2021 Both trotted Saturday to slots Sunday's final ring, as did Mathew, a French bulldog that happens to live with Bourbon, and Connor, an old English sheepdog. Jennifer Peltz, Star Tribune, 12 June 2021 The president of Turkmenistan unveiled a large gilded statue in the capital of the Central Asian nation dedicated to his love of a regional breed of sheepdog. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, 12 Nov. 2020 From a 7-foot-tall sheepdog inflatable ($139) with plush, pettable faux fur to a 10-foot, giant Grinch inflatable ($159) with fuzzy green fabric, characters add to the holiday fun. oregonlive, 6 Nov. 2020 Typically, banners advertise holidays and local events, such as Veterans Days and Heber Valley’s sheepdog competition, Potter said. NBC News, 14 Oct. 2020 During the day, there was horse racing and shearing competitions and sheepdog trials, sometimes fuelled by gin-and-tonics for breakfast, and in the evening there was drinking and dancing until four or five in the morning. Larissa Macfarquhar, The New Yorker, 29 June 2020 This is more of a nit than a gripe, and the relationship between Shaun and the sheepdog—which is essentially that of a rambunctious child and a bossy-but-well-intentioned older brother—is relatable. Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, 16 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of sheepdog

circa 1774, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sheepdog was circa 1774

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“Sheepdog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sheepdog

: a dog that is trained to control sheep

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