These 10 adorable words mean “puppy” in different languages
Our dream is to take part in a giant cuddle puddle with hundreds of puppies — our lives would surely be complete after that, right? Now, if you think you know all there is to know about puppies and their cuteness, we’re about to prove you wrong and educate you even further.
1Chiot — French
In 2014, 700,000 citizens of France signed a petition to change an 1804 law that stated that animals are merely “movable goods.” French Parliament voted to class animals as “living and feeling beings,” and gave pets protection against animal cruelty.
2Welpe — German
This German word is similar to the English word “whelp,” which is defined as, “any of the young of various carnivorous mammals and especially of the dog.”
3Jru (جرو) — Arabic
There are many conflicting ideas and opinions about owning dogs in the Islamic community. Some Muslims think of dogs as impure. But the Qur’an states that hunting dogs are valuable, and one story about youths escaping religious persecution states that a dog guarded them while they sought refuge in a cave.
4Xiǎo gǒu (小狗) — Chinese (Mandarin)
The extremely lovable and super wrinkly Shar-Pei has been around since approximately 200 BC and were actually used as guard dogs!
5štěně — Czech
This is the neutral term for “puppy.” The two masculine Czech words for “puppy” are hejsek and panák. Some of the toughest K-9 unit German and Belgian Shepherds originate from the Czech Republic. Their American handlers must learn at least 15 Czech commands to work with their dogs.
6Perrito — Spanish
The Spanish Water Dog was officially recognized by the AKC in 2015! Welcome to the party!
7Hundehvalp — Danish
To make things easier, “hvalp” can also be used to say “puppy.” According to the Danish Act on Dogs, 13 breeds of dogs are prohibited in Denmark. Pit Bull Terriers, American Bulldogs, and the American Staffordshire Terrier are listed. It’s okay, pups! You can come live with us instead!
8Pentu — Finnish
Thanks to Finnish animal population control, there is an incredibly low number of dogs that are in need of adoption. But because Finland is awesome, the country is still involved with dog adoption in surrounding countries like Estonia, Russia, and several other Southern European countries.
9Kutsikas — Estonian
The Estonian capitol city of Tallinn is extremely dog-friendly. Pets are welcome in most cafés, hotels, spas, and public areas.
10Koinu (子犬) — Japanese
According to a 2016 Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology report, cats and dogs in Japan are living longer than ever! The average lifespan of a pup is 13.2 years. Live long and prosper, doggies!
Did you make it through the list without crying from the puppy cuteness? If you need us, we’ll be adopting all the puppies we can from our local shelters.