working dog

noun

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

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Latham found that the spinal condition was common in all the dogs and wolves, even the non-working dogs. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Ancient Dogs Weren’t the Workhorses We Thought They Were," 18 June 2019 Some cultures—such as in Scandinavia, where canines have long been both working dogs and companions—have kept pets for millennia. The Economist, "Pets have gained the upper paw over their so-called owners," 22 June 2019 The new study means archaeologists need to rethink some of their assumptions about how prevalent working dogs were in the past. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Ancient Dogs Weren’t the Workhorses We Thought They Were," 18 June 2019 The breed is known for their high energy and making good working dogs. Michelle Lou, CNN, "This dog was abandoned by her owner. Now she's thriving as a police dog," 13 June 2019 In fact, some of the organizations involved in training these working dogs are also saving the canines by finding them jobs. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Dogs are working to save the world’s endangered species," 9 June 2019 More than 200 military working dogs are treated at the hospital, named after Lt. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "One-of-a-kind hospital in San Antonio treats military dogs injured in line of duty," 28 June 2018 At Saturday's dedication ceremony, officials are expecting a crowd of several hundred including veteran military dog handlers and law enforcement K-9 units since the memorial honors all working dogs, not just those who serve in the military. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5,000 military dogs went to Vietnam; not a single one came back. Now there is a memorial to honor them.," 28 May 2018 The impetus for a military working dog memorial came from David Backstrom, a Navy corpsman who served in Vietnam and volunteers at the Highground. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5,000 military dogs went to Vietnam; not a single one came back. Now there is a memorial to honor them.," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of working dog

1885, in the meaning defined above

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