Definition of German shepherd in US English:

German shepherd

(also German shepherd dog)


  • A large dog of a breed often used as guard dogs or guide dogs or for police work.

    • ‘The force has up to 35 dogs at any one time including collies, Labradors and German shepherds.’
    • ‘The dog trainer, who has worked with both Rottweilers and German shepherds for the army and police forces, insisted they were not inherently dangerous animals.’
    • ‘Pendle has six German shepherd dogs, three springer spaniels and a Labrador, all trained to find either humans or illegal substances.’
    • ‘She walked past cages holding dignified German shepherds, alert Dobermans, sleek Labrador and beautiful Golden Retrievers.’
    • ‘He was considering raising a motion at council to require certain breeds to be muzzled while in public, including Dobermans, German shepherds, pit bulls, and bull terriers.’


German shepherd

/ˈˌdʒərmən ˈʃɛpərd/