DoggoLingo: The Complete (& Cute) Guide to Speaking Fluent Dog

Doggolingo: The Complete Guide to Speaking Fluent Dog

What’s your doggolingo level? Are you fluent in dog speak? Learn about this dog love language and then take a fun quiz to test your dog slang skills and find out what your “dog speak” level is.

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What is doggolingo?

If you’ve ever introduced your dog as a “doggo,” announced that you’re adopting a little “pupper,” or debated whether to use “floofer” or “fluffer” on a dog Instagram caption, then you’re probably a dog mom or dad who’s already fully immersed in doggo language. In fact, you may not even realize that you’re speaking this internet-inspired dog terminology—it’s just a natural part of your life. (Like the dog hair dust bunnies that populate under my couch. 🙂 )

Doggolingo: a dog language of love-o

Doggolingo is spoken by humans and is made up of cutesy words and phrases made even cuter by adding an “-o” or “-ee” or “er” at the end of the phrase. NPR’s article, Dogs Are Doggos: An Internet Language Built Around Love for Puppers, offers deeper insight into this language trend that’s as cozy, wholesome, and cutesy as the adorable pooches that are the inspiration behind it. Whether it’s a doggolingo meme, dog slang Instagram caption, or a funny dog Facebook photo, doggolingo is a reflection of our little fluffers—full of happiness and fun.

As a self-proclaimed wordie (including lover of cute dog puns and play on words and creator of happy dog quotes), keeper of Happy-Go-Doodle’s dog blog, and doting dog mom to Goldendoodle Chloe, doggolingo sits squarely in my wheelhouse…errr, doghouse. I think doggolingo is just plain fun. It’s one more way that our dogs bring wholesome happiness and joy to our daily lives. But what do dogs have to say about it? Here’s a doggolingo meme from Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe…

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Doggolingo memes capture the wholesome goodness of dog love.

DOGGOLINGO 101: How to speak fluent Doggolingo

So how do you speak doggolingo? It’s pretty easy to get the hang of it. Here are some quick tips:

  1. Gaze deeply into your dog’s eyes. (This step isn’t required. But hey, any chance to share a moment with your dog is a good thing. 😉 )
  2. Choose a base word that describes your dog. For example, let’s use the word “fluffy.”
  3. Add a suffix like “-o” or “-er” to create “fluffo” or “fluffer.”
  4. Combine your new doggolingo term with an a-dog-able pic of your pup to create a cute dog meme or in an Instagram post. Who knows? Maybe your term will take off and become part of our everyday language just as “doggo” and “floofer” have.

This is just one way to create your own doggolingo words. Here are two more ways to add more dog speak to your vocabulary…

Advanced DoggoLingo: Two more language tricks

  1. Create your own dog slang word. Dog slang takes off when other dog lovers can relate to the term that you coin. In other words, your insight into dogdom gets the head nod of agreement, the chuckle, or the “oh yeah” moment from others. Why? It’s relatable. DogSpotting, the popular Facebook community for dog enthusiasts, “breeds” dog slang. Dog lovers have fun playing off each other’s cute posts and comments. Here is an example of dog slang:
    • toe beans or beans: the cute little toe paw pads on a dog’s feet
  2. Create your own word for a sound your dog makes. (Because dogs do make the most adorable sounds.) But how do you describe it? Onomatopoeia, creating a word that describes a sound (think dog bark = woof, cat = meow), is another popular doggolingo trend. Who better than you to coin a term that sounds like your dog’s soft breathing when he sleeps with his furry head next to yours on the pillow at night? Woof, yea!

So how fluent in Doggolingo are you? Without further a-doodle, please take this doggolingo quiz and test your dog-speak language skills.

Test Your DoggoLingo Skills and Find Out if You Speak Dog


Below 3:  Almost-o! While you’re not fluent in doggolingo, your dog doesn’t care. The love between you and your canine companion speaks for itself!

3 – 7: Good-o! You’re on your way to speaking fluent doggolingo. Give yourself a treat…and give your dog one too!

8 – 9: Grrrreat-o! You’re speaking the language. Give yourself a high five. Better yet, give your dog a high paw! 

10: Perfect-o! You top the chart when it comes to doggolingo. Give yourself and your dog a pat on the back or a scratch under the chin! 

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More doggolingo from Happy-Go-Doodle

Did Happy-Go-Doodle’s Doggolingo Language Quiz bring a smile or maybe a WOOF? No matter the results, you’ll always score points with your pooch by spending some quality time together.

For more doggolingo fun, please dog trot on over to our other articles. You’ll find the ulti-mutt list of dog puns and dog wordplay and also an A to Z list of words to describe dogs. Or let the quiz fun continue by taking the My Dog is My Best Friend Quiz.

What dog-related words do you use?

Please comment below.

Doodle-o from Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and her hooman sidekick! 😉

7 thoughts on “DoggoLingo: The Complete (& Cute) Guide to Speaking Fluent Dog

  1. Mew Mew hellos Chloe Doodle doggy! Mom just took your quiz. She thought it was such a cute idea and fun, too. She did pretty good. She didn’t get a purr-fect score, ’cause she knows more kitty lingo and is not as furr-miliar with doggy lingo, I suppose. Purr purr purr and luvs.

    1. Hello, sweet Valentine! Tell your mom that we grade on a curve and that she’s at the top of the class just for taking the quiz! Plus, those questions are furry hard, advanced doggolingo stuff. 🙂 Doodle kisses and tail wags!

  2. Hahaha. LOVE this! Thank you for starting my weekend with a smile!

    1. Always happy to share a smile 🙂 Tail wags and doodle kisses!

  3. I call Charlie Puppo! He comes to me instantly!

  4. I am constantly looking at doggo memes. Had no idea that the doggo language had a name, thanks for this amazing article. So cute!

    1. My pleasure! Happy you stopped by and enjoyed a smile with us!

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