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Animal names in German (pets, mammals, birds, ...)

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

German animal names

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

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Mammals

Mammals are called 'Säugetiere' in German.

EnglishGerman
the monkeyDer Affe
the bearDer Bär
the elephantDer Elefant
the kangarooDas Känguru
the giraffeDie Giraffe
the rhinocerosDas Nashorn
the hippopotamusDas Nilpferd
the lionDer Löwe
the tigerDer Tiger
the camelDas Kamel
the deerDer Hirsch / Das Reh


amphiabians and reptiles in Dutch

Amphibians + Reptiles

The amphibians and reptiles are called 'Amphibien' and 'Reptilien' in German. 

EnglishGerman
the snakeDie Schlange
the crocodileDas Krokodil
the turtleDie Schildkröte
the lizardDie Eidechse
the newtDer Molch
the frogDer Frosch
the toadDie Kröte


birds in dutch

Birds

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

EnglishDutch
the duckDie Ente
the swanDer Schwan
the gooseDie Gans
the sparrowDer Spatz
the pigeon/doveDie Taube
the blackbirdDie Amsel
the seagullDie Möwe
the bird of preyDer Raubvogel
the owlDie Eule
the ostrichDer Strauß
the penguinDer Pinguin
the parrotDer Papagei


sea animals in dutch

Sea animals

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

EnglishGerman
the sealDie Robbe / Der Seehund
the dolphinDer Delfin
the sharkDer Hai
the fishDer Fisch
the killer whaleDer Schwertwal / Killerwal


insects in dutch

Insects

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

EnglishGerman
the spiderDie Spinne
the beeDie Biene
the waspDie Wespe
the mosquitoDie Mücke / Der Moskito
the flyDie Fliege
the antDie Ameise
the caterpillarDie Raupe
the butterflyDer Schmetterling
the beetleDer Käfer

German pets

Here you will learn the names of the animals that are commonly held as pets (Haustiere) in Germany. In addition, you will learn the names of animals that live on a farm (Farmtiere/Nutztiere).

pets in dutch

Pets

EnglishGerman
the dogDer Hund
the catDie Katze
the rabbitDas Kaninchen
the guinea pigDas Meerschweinchen
the mouseDie Maus
the ratDie Ratte
the hamsterDer Hamster
the goldfishDer Goldfisch


farm animals in dutch

Farm animals

EnglishGerman
the cowDie Kuh
the bullDer Bulle / Der Stier
the horseDas Pferd
the pigDas Schwein
the donkeyDer Esel
the sheepDas Schaf
the chickenDas Huhn 
the roosterDer Hahn

Talking about animals

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

GermanEnglish
  • Hast du Haustiere? 
  • Ja, ich habe einen Hund.
  • Nein, ich habe keine Haustiere
  • Do you have pets?
  • Yes, I have a dog.
  • No, I don't have any pets.
  • Was ist dein Lieblingstier?
  • Mein Lieblingstier ist...
  • What is your favourite animal?
  • My favourite animal is...
  • ​Hast du Angst vor Tieren?
  • Nein, ich habe keine Angst vor Tieren
  • Ja, ich habe Angst vor...
  • Are you scared of animals?
  • No, I am not scared of animals.
  • Yes, I am scared of ...
  • Gehst du in den Zoo mit uns?
  • Ja, ich komme mit!
  • Nee, ich komme nicht mit.
  • Are you going to the zoo with us?
  • Yes, I will join!
  • No, I am not joining.
  • Wie heißt dein Hund / deine Katze?
  • Mein Hund heißt Bello.
  • Meine Katze heißt 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 German, now it is time to put the theory into practice in one of the exercises on the page.


Exercises

  1. Translate mammals, amphibians and reptiles into German
  2. Translating birds, sea animals and insects into German
  3. Translating pets and farm animals into German
  4. Complete the sentences with the German animal names

Translate mammals, amphibians and reptiles into German


Translating birds, sea animals and insects into German


Translating pets and farm animals into German


Complete the sentences with the German animal names


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