Today is International Dog Day so I thought I would give you some useful vocabulary to talk about dogs.
kennel = a shelter for a dog, usually outside
bark = the loud sound a dog makes
growl = the sound a dog makes when it is angry
wag = a dog wags its tail when happy
fur = a dog's hair (also used for other animals such as cats and rabbits)
paw = a dog's foot (also used for other animals with a similar type of foot)
breed = the type of dog, e.g. poodle, labrador, dalmatian
mongrel = a dog which is no particular breed, or an unknown mixture of different breeds
stray = a dog with no human home
vet (or veterinary surgeon) = an animal doctor (UK English) *
collar = something a dog wears round its neck
lead / leash = a rope or chain to attach to a dog to take it for a walk
guide dog = a dog for a blind person
hearing dog = a dog for a deaf person
guard dog = a dog which is kept to protect private property
rescue dog = 1. a dog which needs a new home or has been given a new home (especially in UK English), or 2. a working dog which is used to find and help people after an accident or natural disaster, also called a search and rescue dog.
* In American English, an animal doctor is called a veterinarian. Americans use the word "vet" as a shortened form or "veteran". This is somebody who used to be a soldier in a war.
You might also like this post on dog idioms.
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