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

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Genetic analysis showed that the Patagonian sheepdog, a breed found in Argentina and Chile, is the closest living relative to the ancestor of all U.K. herding dog breeds. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 21 June 2022 There will be bagpiping and drumming, highland dancing, sheepdog trials and whisky tasting, along with a food court, live music, athletic competitions, and clans and Scottish groups. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 June 2022 The Patagonian sheepdog has become a sort of national dog, Ostrander said. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 28 Apr. 2022 These ancestral working dogs were the foundation of the modern Patagonian sheepdog. Grrlscientist, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Things like herding by sheepdog breeds or fetching by various retrievers. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 28 Apr. 2022 En route, families can stop to scale the striking Cliffs of Moher, some of Ireland's highest, and enjoy a private sheepdog demonstration at a farm in the Burren. Jancee Dunn, Travel + Leisure, 10 Apr. 2022 Rounding out the household are a cat, a passel of goats and horses (one, retired from the N.Y.P.D., is named Officer Herman), and a sheepdog rescue. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2022 In addition to symphonies, operas and kettlebells, there’s that unwritten collaboration with Jerry Garcia — whenever the sheepdog decides to return. Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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 26 Sep. 2022.

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