Learning to identify popular dog breeds by sight is a useful skill, but it’s less impressive when you come across names like Bichon Frize and Weimaraner. The names of domestic canine breeds are as diverse as their countries of origin. Whether you’re looking to adopt a dog or a pet you meet at the park, you need to familiarize yourself with these hard-to-say breed names and their correct pronunciations.
The name of this German breed is pronounced daks-hund. If it’s too hard to say, sausage dog is also acceptable.
According to Preply, some people sneak a k in their pronunciation of this beefy breed. The correct pronunciation is rotten-why-lernot rock-wahy-ler.
This small breed of dog is pronounced like the French word for butterfly: pa-pee.
You might be tempted to pronounce the first syllable of this fluffy breed’s name as kee. Fans of these puppies know the right way to put it is kay shond.
Although schoolyard jokes might make you think otherwise, there’s nothing inappropriate about this dog breed’s name. To pronounce it correctly, say she-dzoo.
These dogs might be famous on the internet, but people still have a hard time pronouncing the name. Say she-ba-ee-naked next time you see one of these adorable Japanese dogs.
It may be tiny, but the toy dog’s name – pronounced a-fuhn-pin-expensive– is a mouthful.
Even though you know this striking dog’s name is pronounced vahy-muh-rah-ner in the German original, you may struggle to say it three times quickly.
According to the Samoyed Club of America, the correct way to say the name of the breed is sam-a-yed, with emphasis on the last syllable. Good to know if you ever need to ask permission to stroke one of those walking clouds.
This fancy white dog has an appropriate fancy French name. Say bee-shon free-zay next time you see one trotting around the Westminster Dog Show.