from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A dog of any of various breeds developed or trained to do useful work, such as herding animals, pulling wagons or sleds, or guarding property.

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  • noun Any breed of dog developed primarily to assist humans in performing tasks, such as farming, controlling livestock, law enforcement, or assisting the blind.

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  • noun any of several breeds of usually large powerful dogs bred to work as draft animals and guard and guide dogs


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