It’s the Year of the Dog and the year of the doggo. Where once the internet was full of LOLcats speaking LOLspeak, we now find ourselves in the throes of Doggo Lingo, the colorful language of online dog lovers. It got its start in the memes that dog people love and share. Are you mystified? Intrigued? Looking to brush up? Here’s everything you need to know about internet dog slang.
You’re not crazy, it’s the year of the doggo
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) December 27, 2017
Don’t worry if you can’t tell a longboi from a heckin’ boofer. We’re here to help with a visual guide to the terminology of the doggo-verse.
Let’s start with a quick video overview, and then follow up with some more thorough definitions.
A video guide to doggo lingo
Doggos come in every size
Doggos come in a variety of sizes ranked by the size of their bork (bark). They range from the tiny yapper to a diminutive pupper, an average-sized doggo, and the biggest woofers and boofers.
- Pupper (Pupperino)
- Boofers and Woofers
A long-bodied dog such as a greyhound, borzoi, Saluki, or the smol-but-long dachshund.
Floofer / fluffer
Hurry up pawrents, I want to get in the water and chase the birds. ???? – #instadogs #petsofig #petstagram #samoyed #samoyeds #furfriends #ukdogs #buzzfeedpets #dogwalks #buzzfeedanimals #scotland #scottishdogs #dogsofscotland #dogsofuk #barker #dogdaily #dogloversfeed #barkpost #samoyedsofig #samoyedsofinstagram #floofer #lovemydog #dogoftheday #snowdogs #chasingbirds #getmeaswan #runningagain #paddletime #superfluff
A very fluffy dog such as a Samoyed or Pomeranian.
Chubby dogs, a.k.a. “more to love.”
A little yapper.
The nose always knows, and the snoot was made for booping.
Tocks are also known as momo ???? or pantaloons. They’re the most irresistible part of a corgi!
Those sweet little dog toes.
What doggos get up to
Sometimes you bamboozle the dog, sometimes the dog bamboozles you. Heck.
Do me a frighten
When a dog gets bamboozled, he sometimes does a frighten. It happens to the best of us.
This is otherwise known as the zoomies, when your doggo is going so fast they’re just a blur. Most doggos have a technical limit of three borks before they overdose into maximum borkdrive.
Tippy taps mean dancing with happiness.
Doing a lick.
When your pupper is tired and his tongue hangs out just a little bit.
Gabe the dog was the undisputed king of borking.
Full-on barking. Can lead to maximum borkdrive.
Howling, a.k.a. singing the song of their people.
A whispered woof. Sort of a pre-bark.
i really didn’t think you’d do it friend, but you went in and did the boop. pic.twitter.com/xTVKODdIbs
— Clint Falin (@ClintFalin) April 19, 2018
Touching your pet on the nose. Frequently accompanied by saying ‘boop!’
This is Manny. He hasn’t seen your croissant. Not sure why you’re questioning him. 13/10 for the honest boy pic.twitter.com/1yMDweSH9K
— WeRateDogs™ (@dog_rates) May 8, 2018
In X/10, the X is always more than 10 because all dogs are the best dog.
Some popular doggo breeds
- Corgo – corgi
- Cloud – super floofy floofers
- Puggo – pug
- Wrinkler – English bulldoggo
- Doge / Shibe / Shoob – Shiba Inu and similar breeds
- Long doggo – Traditionally refers to greyhounds, Saluki, borzoi etc
- Moon Moon / Husker – huskies and malamutes
- Pommer – Pomeranian
- Hot doggo – dachshunds (a smol longboi pupper)
What do all these doggos have in common? They’ll do anything for shmackos, otherwise known as treats.
Where to find doggo lingo in the wild
If you need more doggos in your life, here are some great places to get started:
Hat Tip: NPR