sheep dog


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sheep·dog

also sheep dog  (shēp′dôg′, -dŏg′)
n.
A dog trained to guard and herd sheep. Also called shepherd dog.
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Noun1.sheep dog - any of various usually long-haired breeds of dog reared to herd and guard sheepsheep dog - any of various usually long-haired breeds of dog reared to herd and guard sheep
working dog - any of several breeds of usually large powerful dogs bred to work as draft animals and guard and guide dogs
Belgian sheepdog, Belgian shepherd - hardy working dog developed in Belgium for herding sheep
briard - old French breed of large strong usually black dogs having a long tail and long wavy and slightly stiff coat
kelpie - an Australian sheepdog with pointed ears
komondor - Hungarian breed of large powerful shaggy-coated white dog; used also as guard dog
Old English sheepdog, bobtail - large sheepdog with a profuse shaggy bluish-grey-and-white coat and short tail; believed to trace back to the Roman occupation of Britain
Shetland sheep dog, Shetland sheepdog, Shetland - a small sheepdog resembling a collie that was developed in the Shetland Islands
collie - a silky-coated sheepdog with a long ruff and long narrow head developed in Scotland
Border collie - developed in the area between Scotland and England usually having a black coat with white on the head and tip of tail used for herding both sheep and cattle
Bouvier des Flandres, Bouviers des Flandres - rough-coated breed used originally in Belgium for herding and guarding cattle
Rottweiler - German breed of large vigorous short-haired cattle dogs
German police dog, German shepherd, German shepherd dog, alsatian - breed of large shepherd dogs used in police work and as a guide for the blind
References in classic literature ?
As sheep dogs that watch their flocks when they are yarded, and hear a wild beast coming through the mountain forest towards them--forthwith there is a hue and cry of dogs and men, and slumber is broken--even so was sleep chased from the eyes of the Achaeans as they kept the watches of the wicked night, for they turned constantly towards the plain whenever they heard any stir among the Trojans.
Handlers show skills Some of those who took part in the West Perthshire sheep dog trials at Callander in August, 1974, are pictured.
ASHEPHERDESS who won fame for her solitary life on a remote Northumberland farm has broken the world record for selling a working female sheep dog.
Murray Common, who attends St Mungo's Primary at Kettleholm, and his sheep dog, Queen, featured on Sunday's programme with presenter Adam Henson.
Farmers, Jill and Andrew Kelly, from Stonebeck Gate Farm, will be hosting events such as sheep dog trials, a gun dog demonstration, sheep shearing and drystone walling.
She competed at sheep dog trials at national level and built up a business with sheep dogs and geese.
A BEEF farmer travelled from Co Derry to take part in one of the most popular events - the sheep dog trials.
Neopolitan Mastiff and Old English Sheep dog showed larger tapetal area with OD in tapetum.
ESKyE[currency]EHyR (CyHAN)- Robbers made unsuccessfully attempted to steal a sheep dog which was tied in front of a farm in central Turkish province of EskiE-ehir.
Interest in sheep dog trialling has never been higher, with ITV's celebrity sheep dog show Flockstars attracting millions of viewers and BBC's Countryfile giving a new home to the iconic One Man and His Dog.
Half cut old |english sheep dog Blue hasn't felt so sheepish...caught halfway through his summer hair cut
Caldicott used verbal commands like "come by" and "lie down" as Goose guided the herd into a metal pen during the last day of the Mohawk Valley Sheep Dog Trials, held at the Eymann family farm on Marcola Road northeast of Springfield.