sheepdog

/sheep"dawg', -dog'/, n.
a dog trained to herd and guard sheep.
Also, sheep dog.
[1765-75; SHEEP + DOG]

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In general, any dog breed developed to herd sheep; specifically, the border collie.

Most sheepdog breeds stand about 2 ft (60 cm) and weigh over 50 lbs (23 kg). The French briard has bushy brows and a long, waterproof coat. The Belgian sheepdog has long black hair and erect ears. The Hungarian puli has a coat of long ropelike cords. It stands 16–19 in. (41–48 cm) and weighs about 30 lbs (14 kg). See also Old English sheepdog, Shetland sheepdog.

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