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

Examples of working dog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Newly recognized dog breed by the American Kennel Club: The rare Belgian Laekenois," 3 July 2020 The early 1970s saw the working dogs in Alaska villages being replaced by iron dogs — snowmachines. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "As it struggles with money woes and dwindling interest, the Yukon Quest needs support from Alaskans," 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, "Warrior dog in Osama bin Laden raid refused his SEAL Trident," 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, "Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. hiring real dog as brewmaster (video)," 1 Apr. 2020 Kennels that had a few working dogs added a few more, or borrowed a few and hit the trail for Nome. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "As it struggles with money woes and dwindling interest, the Yukon Quest needs support from Alaskans," 23 May 2020 Military working dogs are used to patrol military bases, accompany special operations forces on missions, and sniff out landmines. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Animals Could Become Living Hubs for Battlefield Communications," 29 Apr. 2020 Years later, this early training results in dogs that are less timid, more social, and better equipped to handle the stressful situations that any working dog encounters in the field. Popular Science, "‘Super puppies’ keep calm and carry on in the most stressful situations," 17 Apr. 2020 And then there are highly trained working dogs, like the Belgian Malinois that recently helped run down Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Julie Rovner, chicagotribune.com, "Sit, heal: Dog teaches military medical students the merits of service animals," 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of working dog

1885, in the meaning defined above

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“Working dog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/working%20dog. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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