• Dutch course for beginners A1
  • 1 Dutch alphabet and pronunciation
  • 2 Counting in Dutch (indefinite and ordinal numbers) [0/3]
  • 3 Dutch greetings (hello in Dutch) [0/3]
  • 4 Basic words and phrases in Dutch [0/4]
  • 5 Introducing yourself in Dutch [0/4]
  • 6 What time is it? - telling the time in Dutch [0/4]
  • 7 Days of the week, months and seasons in Dutch [0/5]
  • 8 Colours in Dutch [0/3]
  • 9 Animal names in Dutch [0/5]
  • 10 Family in Dutch [0/3]
  • 11 Food and Drinks in Dutch [0/5]
  • 12 How to order food in Dutch? [0/4]
  • 13 The weather in Dutch [0/4]
  • 14 Countries, Cities and Nationalities in Dutch [0/3]
  • 15 Body parts in Dutch [0/3]
  • 16 Clothes and shoes in Dutch [0/4]
  • 17 Travel and vacation in Dutch [0/3]
  • 18 Dutch proverbs and sayings [0/3]
  • 19 I love you in Dutch (Emotions and feelings) [0/4]
  • 20 Happy birthday in Dutch (birthday wishes) [0/3]
  • 21 Asking for directions in Dutch [0/4]
  • 22 Needs and opinions in Dutch [0/4]
  • 23 Hobbies in Dutch [0/4]
  • 24 House, room, furniture vocabulary in Dutch [0/4]
  • 25 How to describe a person in Dutch [0/4]
  • 26 Business Dutch [0/4]
  • Animal names in Dutch

    In this chapter you will learn the names of animals in Dutch. 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. 

    Dutch animal names

    Here you will find the names for some wild mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, sea animals and insects in Dutch!

    mammals in Dutch


    Mammals are called 'zoogdieren' in Dutch.

    English Dutch
    the monkey de aap
    the bear de beer
    the elephant de olifant
    the kangaroo de kangoeroe
    the giraffe de giraffe
    the rhinoceros de neushoorn
    the hippopotamus het nijlpaard
    de lion de leeuw
    the tiger de tijger
    the camel de kameel
    the deer het hert


    amphiabians and reptiles in Dutch

    Amphibians + Reptiles

    The amphibians and reptiles are called amfibieën and reptielen in Dutch. 

    English Dutch
    the snake de slang
    the crocodile de krokodil
    the turtle de schildpad
    the lizard de hagedis
    the newt de salamander
    the frog de kikker
    the toad de pad


    birds in dutch


    Below you will find a selection of 'vogels' (birds) translated in Dutch. 

    English Dutch
    the duck de eend
    the swan de zwaan
    the goose de gans
    the sparrow de mus
    the pigeon/dove de duif
    the blackbird de merel
    the seagull de meeuw
    the bird of prey de roofvogel
    the owl de uil
    the ostrich de struisvogel
    the penguin de pinguïn
    the parrot de papegaai


    sea animals in dutch

    Sea animals

    Below you will find a couple of 'zeedieren' translated to Dutch.  

    English Dutch
    the seal de zeehond
    the dolphin de dolfijn
    the shark de haai
    the fish de vis
    the killer whale de orka


    insects in dutch


    'De insecten' below have been translated from English to Dutch. 

    English Dutch
    the spider de spin
    the bee de bij
    the wasp de wesp
    the mosquito de mug
    the fly de vlieg
    the ant de mier
    the caterpillar de rups
    the butterfly de vlinder
    the beetle de kever

    Dutch pets

    Here you will learn the names of the animals that are commonly held as pets (huisdieren) in the Netherlands. In addition, you will learn the names of animals that live on a farm (boerderijdieren).

    pets in dutch


    English Dutch
    the dog de hond
    the cat de kat
    the rabbit het konijn
    the guinea pig de cavia
    the mouse de muis
    the rat de rat
    the hamster de hamster
    the goldfish de goudvis


    farm animals in dutch

    Farm animals

    English Dutch
    the cow de koe
    the bull de stier
    the horse het paard
    the pig het varken
    the donkey de ezel
    the sheep het schaap
    the chicken de kip
    the rooster de haan

    Talking about animals

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

    Dutch English
    • Heb je huisdieren? 
    • Ja, ik heb een hond.
    • Nee, ik heb geen huisdieren.
    • Do you have pets?
    • Yes, I have a dog.
    • No, I don't have any pets.
    • Wat is jouw lievelingsdier?
    • Mijn lievelingsdier is een ...
    • What is your favourite animal?
    • My favourite animal is...
    • ​Ben je bang voor dieren?
    • Nee, ik ben niet bang voor dieren.
    • Ja, ik ben bang voor ...
    • Are you scared of animals?
    • No, I am not scared of animals.
    • Yes, I am scared of ...
    • Ga je mee naar de dierentuin?
    • Ja, ik ga mee!
    • Nee, ik ga niet mee.
    • Are you going to the zoo with us?
    • Yes, I will join!
    • No, I am not joining.
    • Hoe heet jouw hond / kat?
    • Mijn hond heet Bello.
    • Mijn kat heet Cleo.
    • What is your dog / cat called?
    • My dog is called Bello.
    • My cat is called Cleo.

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


    Translate the Dutch animal names

    Translating mammals, amphibians and reptiles to Dutch

    Translating birds, sea animals and insects to Dutch

    Translating pets and farm animals to Dutch

    Q&A about animals in Dutch

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