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Animal names in French (horse, dog, cat...)

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In this chapter you will learn the names of animals in French. You will learn the names of some mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, sea animals and insects. Besides this you will learn the names of your pets and the names of animals that live on a farm. At the end of this chapter you will find some questions that you can ask if you want to talk about animals. 

In French, the female animals can have a different name from the male animal or can agree to form the feminine. 

List of French animal names

Here you will find the names for some domestic and wilds animals and insects with their feminine in French !

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the monkeyle singela guenon
the bearl'ours l'ourse
the elephantl'éléphant (masculine)l'éléphante
the kangaroole kangourou/
the giraffe/la girafe
the rhinocerosle rhinocéros/
the hippopotamusl'hippopotame /
the lionle lionla lionne
the tigerle tigrela tigresse
the camelle chameaula chamelle
the deerle cerfla biche
the turkeyle dindonla dinde
 le boucla chèvre

amphiabians and reptiles in Dutch

Amphibians + Reptiles

The amphibians and reptiles are called 'Amphibien' and 'Reptiles' in French. 

the snakele serpentla serpente
the crocodilele crocodilela crocodile
the turtle/la tortue
the lizardle lézardla lézarde
the newtle triton/
the frogle crapaudla grenouille

birds in dutch


Below you will find a selection of 'Vögel' (birds) translated in German. 

the duckle canardla cane
the swanle cygnela cygne
the goosele jarsl'oie
the pigeon/dovele pigeonla pigeonne
the blackbirdle merle noir/
the seagull/la mouette
the owlle hiboula chouette
the ostrichl'autruche/
the penguinle pingouinla pingouine
the parrotle perroquetla perruche

sea animals in dutch

Sea animals

Below you will find a couple of 'Meerestiere' translated to German.  

the sealle phoque/
the dolphinle dauphinla dauphine
the sharkle requin/
the fishle poisson/
the killer whalele requin tueur/

insects in dutch


'Die Insekten' below have been translated from English to German. 

the spiderl'araignée
the bee/l'abeille
the wasp/la guêpe
the mosquitole moustique/
the fly/la mouche
the ant/la fourmi
the caterpillar/la chenille
the butterflyle papillon/
the beetlele scarabée/

French pets

Here you will learn the names of the animals that are commonly held as pets in France. In addition, you will learn the names of animals that live on a farm.

pets in dutch


the dogle chienla chienne
the catle chatla chatte
the rabbitle lapinla lapine
the guinea pigle cochon d'inde/
the rat/mousele ratla souris
the hamsterle hamster/
the goldfishle poisson rouge/

farm animals in dutch

Farm animals

the cowle boeuf la vache
the bullle taureau
the horsele chevalla jument
the pigle cochonla truie
the donkeyl'ânel'ânesse
the sheeple moutonla brebis
the chickenle coqla poule
the roosterle paonla paonne

Talking about animals

Below you will find some questions and answers you can use if you want to talk about animals !

  • Est-ce-que tu as des animaux domestiques ? 
  • Oui j'ai un chien.
  • Non, je n'ai pas d'animaux domestiques
  • Do you have pets?
  • Yes, I have a dog.
  • No, I don't have any pets.
  • Quel est ton animal préféré ? 
  • Mon animal préféré est (le chien, le chat, l'hamster...)
  • What is your favourite animal ?
  • My favourite animal is (the dog, the cat, the hamster...)
  • ​As-tu peur des animaux ? 
  • Non, je n'ai pas peur des animaux. 
  • Oui, j'ai peur (des araignées, des requins, des chevaux...)
  • Are you scared of animals?
  • No, I am not scared of animals.
  • Yes, I am scared of (Spiders, horses, sharks...)
  • Est-ce-que tu vas venir au zoo avec nous ?
  • Oui, je viendrais.
  • Non, je ne viendrais pas.
  • Are you going to the zoo with us?
  • Yes, I will join!
  • No, I am not joining.
  • Comment s'appelle ton chien / chat ? 
  • Mon chien s'appelle Garfield
  • Mon chat s'appelle Salem.
  • What is your dog / cat called?
  • My dog is called Garfield.
  • My cat is called Salem.

yesNow that you gained enough knowledge about the animals in French , now it is time to put the theory into practice in one of the exercises on the page.

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