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 Eebbers was the last working dog born at the TSA's now-shuttered Puppy Program, according to the statement. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 11 Sep. 2022 According to an American Humane release, military working dog Akim recently retired from his duties and will live out his golden years with his best friend and former handler, Senior Airmen Jenna. Amanda Taylor,, 14 July 2022 Lulu, though, is a Belgian Malinois military working dog, and the partner was handler. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 10 May 2022 Karakachan Bear Dog Also known as the Bulgarian Shepherd, the Karakachan Bear Dog is a natural livestock guardian and working dog, but still makes for a loyal pet with protective instincts. Mattie Schuler, Outside Online, 6 Dec. 2013 The breed was first developed as a working dog in Newfoundland to assist fishermen. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 20 Mar. 2022 Service dogs are not required to wear anything that identifies them as a working dog. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 11 Jan. 2021 The canine is a purebred golden retriever from Ridgecrest, California, and comes from a line of goldens with working dog positions. Kelli Bender,, 8 Feb. 2022 Wolves from the Keating pack killed a working dog on a cattle ranch in Keating Valley on Friday, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed after an investigation two days later. oregonlive, 19 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of working dog

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of working dog was in 1885

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16 Sep 2022

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“Working dog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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