Languages › Spanish Talk to Your Pets in Spanish Expand Your Spanish Vocabulary With This List of Animals Share Flipboard Email Print Deborah Pendell/Getty Images Spanish Vocabulary History & Culture Pronunciation Writing Skills Grammar By Gerald Erichsen Spanish Language Expert B.A., Seattle Pacific University Gerald Erichsen is a Spanish language expert who has created Spanish lessons for ThoughtCo since 1998. our editorial process Gerald Erichsen Updated April 18, 2019 If you are looking for someone to talk in Spanish with, how about talking directly to your pet? Learning Spanish can be easy with ongoing practice — even with your pet dog or cat. There are benefits of talking to an animal over a human. 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. Learn how to say phrases referring to pets in Spanish. 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 canarioCat: el gatoPopular cat types include:el bobtailel gato de pelo largo (long-hair)el gato persa (Persian)el gato de pelo corto (short-hair)el gato siamés (Siamese)Chinchilla: la chinchillaCockatoo: la cacatúaDog: el perroPopular dog breeds include:el dogo argentino (Argentine dog)el terrierel 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)el dálmata (Dalmatian)el perro salchicha (dachshund)el collieel bulldogel bóxer (boxer)el sabueso (bloodhound or beagle)el basset (basset hound)un chucho is a muttFish: el pez. A tropical fish is un pez tropicalFrog: la ranaGerbil: el jerbo, el gerboGuinea pig: la cobayaHamster: el hámster (usually pronounced as jámster; plural can include either versions hámsters or hámsteres)Horse: el caballoIguana: la iguanaLizard: el lagarto, la lagartijaMouse: el ratónParakeet: el pericoParrot: el papagayo, el loroRabbit: el conejoRat: la rataSalamander: la salamandraSnake: la serpienteSpider: la arañaTortoise, Turtle: la tortuga Talk to Your Pet in Spanish After discovering what to call your pet 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.