• German course for beginners
  • 1 The German alphabet [0/2]
  • 2 German greetings (Hello in German) [0/3]
  • 3 Introduction in german (talking about yourself) [0/2]
  • 4 Counting in German (cardinal and ordinal numbers) [0/3]
  • 5 The Time in German (hours and minutes in German) [0/3]
  • 6 Days of the weeks, months and seasons in German [0/3]
  • 7 Colours in German (blue, green, yellow...) [0/3]
  • 8 Asking for directions in German [0/3]
  • 9 The weather in German (sun, rain, temperature...) [0/3]
  • 10 Family members in German (parents, siblings...) [0/3]
  • 11 Body parts in German [0/3]
  • 12 Countries in German (Europe, Asia, Africa, America) [0/5]
  • 13 Ordering in Germany (restaurant, waiter, dinner) [0/3]
  • 14 German travel phrases [0/3]
  • 15 Grocery shopping in Germany [0/3]
  • 16 German proverbs [0/3]
  • 17 Animal names in German (pets, mammals, birds, ...) [0/4]
  • 18 Clothing in German (shoes, accessories, ...) [0/2]
  • 19 Happy birthday in German (parties and congratulations) [0/3]
  • 20 I love you in German (emotions and feedback) [0/3]
  • 21 Needs and opinions in German (polite requests) [0/4]
  • 22 Hobbies in German (sports and games) [0/3]
  • 23 House, room, furniture vocabulary in German [0/3]
  • 24 Descriptions in German (appearance and characteristics) [0/5]
  • 25 Business vocabulary in German (work and negotiations) [0/3]
  • 26 Going to the doctor and health vocabulary in German [0/3]
  • 27 School vocabulary in German (subjects and persons) [0/3]
  • 28 Places of interest German (post office, infrastructure) [0/3]
  • 29 Nature words in German (parks and outdoor) [0/2]
  • Animal names in German (pets, mammals, birds, ...)

    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!

    mammals in Dutch


    Mammals are called 'Säugetiere' in German.

    English German
    the monkey Der Affe
    the bear Der Bär
    the elephant Der Elefant
    the kangaroo Das Känguru
    the giraffe Die Giraffe
    the rhinoceros Das Nashorn
    the hippopotamus Das Nilpferd
    the lion Der Löwe
    the tiger Der Tiger
    the camel Das Kamel
    the deer Der Hirsch / Das Reh

    amphiabians and reptiles in Dutch

    Amphibians + Reptiles

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

    English German
    the snake Die Schlange
    the crocodile Das Krokodil
    the turtle Die Schildkröte
    the lizard Die Eidechse
    the newt Der Molch
    the frog Der Frosch
    the toad Die Kröte

    birds in dutch


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

    English Dutch
    the duck Die Ente
    the swan Der Schwan
    the goose Die Gans
    the sparrow Der Spatz
    the pigeon/dove Die Taube
    the blackbird Die Amsel
    the seagull Die Möwe
    the bird of prey Der Raubvogel
    the owl Die Eule
    the ostrich Der Strauß
    the penguin Der Pinguin
    the parrot Der Papagei

    sea animals in dutch

    Sea animals

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

    English German
    the seal Die Robbe / Der Seehund
    the dolphin Der Delfin
    the shark Der Hai
    the fish Der Fisch
    the killer whale Der Schwertwal / Killerwal

    insects in dutch


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

    English German
    the spider Die Spinne
    the bee Die Biene
    the wasp Die Wespe
    the mosquito Die Mücke / Der Moskito
    the fly Die Fliege
    the ant Die Ameise
    the caterpillar Die Raupe
    the butterfly Der Schmetterling
    the beetle Der 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


    English German
    the dog Der Hund
    the cat Die Katze
    the rabbit Das Kaninchen
    the guinea pig Das Meerschweinchen
    the mouse Die Maus
    the rat Die Ratte
    the hamster Der Hamster
    the goldfish Der Goldfisch

    farm animals in dutch

    Farm animals

    English German
    the cow Die Kuh
    the bull Der Bulle / Der Stier
    the horse Das Pferd
    the pig Das Schwein
    the donkey Der Esel
    the sheep Das Schaf
    the chicken Das Huhn 
    the rooster Der Hahn

    Talking about animals

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

    German English
    • 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.


    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