35+ Slang Words for Dogs (And How to Use Them)

Dogs are man’s bestfriend and that is not an exaggeration. They are cute, fluffy, usually friendly, and have the purest of heart. Dogs are probably the perfect pet and friend for anyone. It’s not surprising to know that there are so many slang words for dogs.

Here are some of the slang words for your dog that you may or may not know about. Have fun using them!

Slang Words for Dogs (in Alphabetical Order)

Absolute Unit

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Used not only in dogs and pets but also for everything else. It means that something is jaw-dropping in size and mass.
  • Example: Your dog is an absolute unit. He's so huge and fluffy that I just want to hug him. 

Army Crawl

Meaning:

  • (Verb) An army crawl is when a dog slides or crawls on its belly. 
  • Example: When my dog army crawls near me, it means that he wants a belly rub.

Boof

Meaning:

  • (Verb) A boof is a bark that is loud and very deep. A silly Internet slang for the bark of big dogs.
  • Example: Hercules, my dog, is a giant and can boof the neighborhood awake. 

Boop

Meaning:

  • (Verb) A boop is something you do when your dog sticks out its nose and you tap it lightly and quickly. 
  • Example: When my dog sniffs me, I always boop him. His smile when I boop him is so adorable.

Bork

Meaning:

  • (Verb) A cuter version of bark. Bork is just bark with the vowel switched. Frequently used on the Internet.
  • Example: A dog’s bork can mean that he likes you or not. It is very confusing sometimes.

Chonky

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) A dog is chonky when it is chubby or incredibly fluffy. They are often overweight but very cute.
  • Example: My chonky pup always gets lots of love on Instagram when I post pictures of her.

Dawg

Meaning:

  • (Noun) An urbanized way of saying dog. A slang originating from the US.
  • Example: My dawg is so hip and cool, he knows so many tricks. 

Derp

Meaning:

  • (Verb) When a dog looks silly or confused or when a dog does something funny or loopy, then he or she is derping.
  • Example: I can’t help but laugh whenever my dog is derping on me. Her face looks stupidly confused. 

Dog Chod

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A slang word for dog excrement and feces.  
  • Example: Yuck! I just step on some dog chod. My kicks are ruined. 

Doge

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A doge is used to refer to dogs but mainly points to the Shiba Inu breed of dogs. It comes from a famous Internet meme.  
  • Example: That doge must be pretty expensive.

Doggo

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A cute form of the word dog that also originated from the Shiba Inu breed. Doge and Doggo are often used interchangeably. 
  • Example: I've been spending most of my paycheck on my expensive doggos.

Floof

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) Dogs are floof or floofer when they have very soft and thick fur. It comes from the word fluffy.   
  • Example: I wish I could just sink my hands to floof dogs all day long.

Foo Foo

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Foo foos are dogs that are rich, fancy, and full of fluffy hair. The rich usually have foo foos as pets and accessories.  
  • Example: Gidget is the cutest foo foo I have ever since. I don’t care that she is CGI. 

Goob

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) An adorable corruption of the word good and is used to appreciate and compliment dogs. 
  • Example: Buster is a goob boy! He knows where to potty and loves to play with my kids.

Haingle

Meaning:

  • (Noun) An old Scottish slang that came from the word hang. In the 19th Century, Haingle refers to a lazy or greedy dog. 
  • Example: Butch is muscular and scary dog but he really is just a haingle that sleeps a lot. 

Hound

Meaning:

  • (noun) Typically used for a breed of hunting dog. It is generally used for wild, aggressive, or scary-looking dogs.  
  • Example: Spike is a grouchie hound, especially to strangers. But he is a soft boy whenever you have food.

Hundgie

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Another Scottish slang for dogs used in older periods. It translates to “little chaser” and is used for energetic dogs.  
  • Example: We call her hundgie because she runs around all day long and never gets tired. 

Kreesal

Meaning:

  • (Noun)  An old Scottish term for when a dog curls up in a ball to get some sleep
  • Example: Bruno, our beagle, can only fall asleep if he is in a kreesal. 

Living On A Farm

Meaning:

  • (Expression) This is a euphemism often used by Americans to nicely say that a dog has passed away, especially to their kids.  
  • Example: Sally, our dog got old and had to live on a farm upstate so that he can run free and hang out with other dogs. 

Man's Bestfriend

Meaning:

  • (Noun) An honorable phrase that describes the loyalty and attitude of dogs towards people and their owners.  
  • Example: 

Mutt

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A mongrel dog or a dog with an unknown mix of breed. A term that can be offensive or affectionate depending on the usage. 
  • Example: Lady is a mutt we found near the dumpster. We took her in and she now lives with us.

Pooch

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A common slang term for dog that is used by almost everyone. The word might have a German origin.
  • Example: Whenever I feel depressed, my pooch comes to me and licks my face. 

Pugnozzle

Meaning:

  • (Verb) Pugnozzle was created by Samuel Beckett in 1934 and he used it to describe the action done by a pug when it moves its upper lip and nose up and down. It can also be used for people and other animals. 
  • Example: My daughter and our pug likes to play around all day. Haley likes to pugnozzle and copy our dog.  

Pupper

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A puppy or tiny young dog. Made famous online. 
  • Example: Lassie gave birth to 7 puppers and I’m just overwhelmed because they are so cute. 

Rum Buffer

Meaning:

  • (Noun/Adjective) During the 16th century until the 19th century. Rum was used to describe something beautiful or gorgeous. Rum buffer is used to describe a handsome or pretty dog. 
  • Example: Louise is a prime rum buffer that has won multiple awards in many dog shows. 

Snape

Meaning:

  • (Verb) To call off a dog or make a dog retreat. 
  • Example: Snape the dogs, Mary. It’s just my cousin at the gate. 

Snoot

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A “cute” way of saying snout. Snoot is used for the snouts of dogs and pets.  
  • Example: Our dog has a very playful snoot. He loves to move around and sniff everything. 

Snowk

Meaning:

  • (Verb) To smell or sniff something like a dog.
  • Example: Benny has sensitive smell. He knows a food's ingredients by just snowking it. 

Sploot

Meaning:

  • (Verb) A cutesy stretch that dogs often do to rest. A dog sploots if they lay on their stomachs and stretch out their limbs, looking like they are doing a split. 
  • Example: A picture of a giant dog splooting went viral because he looked cute with his limbs extended. 

Teef

Meaning:

  • (Noun) It is when dogs show their teeth in an awkward or funny manner, possible due to smiling or getting their lips stuck.  
  • Example: My dachshund has this adorable teef that we like to take photos of. 

Thicc

Meaning:

  • (Ajective) Similar to chonky, this just means that a dog is thick and huge, especially compared to its height. 

Trundle-tail

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A 15th century slang for dogs with fluffy or curly tails. 
  • Example: Janet got a new trundle-tail pup. It is very tiny and wags its tail almost all the time.

Tyke

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A Yorkshire slang for a mongrel dog or puppy.  
  • Example: I think my tyke is much better than any pure-breed. He is healthy and smart compared to the others.

Vire-spannel

Meaning:

  • (Noun) This slang word refers to a dog that loves to sit or rest near a flame or fire.
  • Example: My grandpa had this dog that was a vire-spannel. Whenever we go camping, he doesn’t fear the fire and lives to go near it. 

Whiffet

Meaning:

  • (Noun) Another old slang word for a small dog. 
  • Example: My mum who lives in England has this whifflet that you’re gonna want to pet. 

Woofer

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A variation of doggo that refers to larger breeds of dogs.  
  • Example: My dream is to have a woofer big enough to ride. They are just so fluffy and huge. 

Wrap-up

Go now and use what slang words you have learned. More importantly, love your dogs and pets more.

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