working dog


Definition of working dog

: a dog suitable by size, breeding, or training for useful work (such as draft or herding) especially as distinguished from one suitable primarily for pet, show, or sporting use

Examples of working dog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hannibal, who wore protective clothing as he was stalked, chased and eventually apprehended by a working dog and handler, got an insider’s look at how the dogs perform in the field, watching their behaviors and learning how to read them. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Apr. 2021 In 2011, a U.S. Navy special warfare working dog named Cairo participated in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 14 Oct. 2020 The events include Tank Biathalon, Sniper Frontier, Seaborne Assault, a nuclear/chemical/biological warfare event called Safe Environment, and even military working dog and equestrian competitions. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 9 Sep. 2020 After a quick health survey on the university’s working dog center’s website, eligible participants will be sent a cotton t-shirt to wear while sleeping and send back to the lab to be used in the test. James Whitlow,, 1 Sep. 2020 The Belgian Laekenois, a highly protective working dog with a shoulder height of 22- 26 inches and weight of 55-65 pounds, is the rarest of the Belgian herding family, according to the AKC. Khrysgiana Pineda, USA TODAY, 3 July 2020 The early 1970s saw the working dogs in Alaska villages being replaced by iron dogs — snowmachines. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 23 May 2020 If the working dogs that train with U.S. Navy SEALs could earn the group’s fabled Trident pin, certainly Cairo would have one. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, 17 May 2020 Rescues, bomb sniffing and service assistance are the usual traits associated with working dogs, but Najeway really sees the program taking off for beer. Marc Bona, cleveland, 1 Apr. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'working dog.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of working dog

1885, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About working dog

Time Traveler for working dog

Time Traveler

The first known use of working dog was in 1885

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near working dog

working day

working dog

working drawing

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for working dog

Cite this Entry

“Working dog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on working dog

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for working dog


Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!