Talk to Your Pets in Spanish

Expand Your Spanish Vocabulary With This List of Animals

A hug between a young girl and her pet dog
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If you are looking for someone to talk in Spanish with, how about considering talking directly to your pet? Learning Spanish can be easy with ongoing practice— even with your pet dog or cat. The benefits to talking to an animal over a human are that you will not get any nasty corrections, and you will get a chance to practice talking without any interruptions. Plus, even when you make a mistake, your pet will still be there unconditionally throughout your Spanish-language learning journey. Below, learn your pet's Spanish name and phrases referring to pets in Spanish. Then, review the list of Spanish names including the most common pet animals for your educational purposes.

Learn Your Pet's Spanish Name

For starters, you should at least learn what your pet would be called in Spanish. After discovering your pet's name in Spanish, you can progress to learning the animal sounds your pets might make, just in case they do make some noises or otherwise talk back to you while you are speaking to them in Spanish. Below is a list in Spanish of the names of some of the most common pet animals by general term and breed.

Phrases Referring to Pets in Spanish

Note that a pet in Spanish can be referred to as una mascota, the same word used for a mascot, such as an animal symbolizing a team. The term un animal doméstico and the adjective doméstico can also be used to mean "pet" as an adjective, as in un perro doméstico, a pet dog. Additionally, the phrase un animal de compañía and the phrase de compañía can be appended to an animal's name to indicate it is a pet. Remember that most of the time the genders given below for animals remain the same whether the particular animal is male or female.

  • Canary: el canario.
  • Cat: el gato.
    Popular cat types include:
    • el bobtail
    • el gato de pelo largo (long-hair)
    • el gato persa (Persian)
    • el gato de pelo corto (short-hair)
    • el gato siamés (Siamese)
  • Chinchilla: la chinchilla.
  • Cockatoo: la cacatúa.
  • Dog: el perro.
    Popular dog breeds include:
    • el dogo argentino (Argentine dogo)
    • el terrier
    • el perro San Bernardo (St. Bernard)
    • el caniche (poodle)
    • el xoloitzcuintle (Mexican hairless)
    • el mastín (mastiff)
    • el perro esquimal (husky)
    • el gran danés (great Dane)
    • el galgo/la galga (greyhound)
    • (German shepherd)
    • el pastor alemán 
    • el dálmata (Dalmatian)
    • el perro salchicha (dachshund)
    • el collie
    • el bulldog
    • el bóxer (boxer)
    • el sabueso (bloodhound or beagle)
    • el basset (basset hound)
    • un chucho is a mutt
  • Fish: el pez. A tropical fish is un pez tropical.
  • Frog: la rana.
  • Gerbil: el jerbo, el gerbo.
  • Guinea pig: la cobaya.
  • Hamster: el hámster (usually pronounced as jámster; plural can include either versions hámsters or hámsteres).
  • Horse: el caballo.
  • Iguana: la iguana.
  • Lizard: el lagarto, la lagartija.
  • Mouse: el ratón.
  • Parakeet: el perico.
  • Parrot: el papagayo, el loro.
  • Rabbit: el conejo.
  • Rat: la rata.
  • Salamander: la salamandra.
  • Snake: la serpiente.
  • Spider: la araña.
  • Tortoise: la tortuga.
  • Turtle: la tortuga.