sheep·​dog ˈshēp-ˌdȯg How to pronounce sheepdog (audio)
: 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 The tradition started in 1996 as a small community gathering and has since grown into nearly a week of farm-to-table dinners, cooking and food demonstrations, wool workshops, a folklife fair, sheepdog trials, and a parade. Emily Cappiello, Travel + Leisure, 2 Aug. 2023 The instinct to herd is strong in certain breeds, such as Australian shepherds, corgis, sheepdogs, and border collies. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 1 Jan. 2024 Herding breeds that exhibit this behavior include Border Collies, shepherds, and sheepdogs. Jennifer Nelson, Southern Living, 15 Dec. 2023 Try your hand at dipping candles and making marbles; create a corn husk doll; stuff a scarecrow; watch demonstrations of sheepdog herding, quilting and woodworking; go on a garden tour; take a hayride; or meet barnyard animals. Adele Chapin, Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2023 Think of them all--all those retrievers and sheepdogs, terriers and hounds, 136 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club and many more waiting for its seal of approval. Rosie Mestel, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Julie McKinley, a former nurse at Brigham and Women’s hospital and the owner of Jameson, a Shetland sheepdog who works as a service animal at BWH, said that patients are often very stressed and animal therapy helps raise endorphin levels. Maggie Scales,, 4 Aug. 2023 As Esau Kingsland walked near the north end of the lake, his dog, Teddy — a year-old rescue mutt, part Old English sheepdog, with fluffy gray and white fur — jerked his leash, lunging and barking at a goose near the water’s edge. Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2023 Shellie, an 8-year-old Shetland sheepdog, has been making therapy visits since 2016 to places including Advocate Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park and A.E.R.O. Kimberly Fornek, Chicago Tribune, 5 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1774, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sheepdog was circa 1774

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“Sheepdog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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sheep·​dog ˈshēp-ˌdȯg How to pronounce sheepdog (audio)
: a dog used to tend, drive, or guard sheep

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