100 Animal Names in German from around the World

With an estimated 34 million pets in Germany, it's obvious that Germans are animal lovers. So in this post we are going to explore animal names in German.

Germans are very fond of animals. There are an estimated 34 million pets in Germany, with cats and dogs being the most popular.

But Germans aren’t only interested in their own pets. Documentaries about both local and exotic animals are still some of the most favorite TV programs. So if you’re looking for a subject to discuss with German friends other than football or the weather, animals would be a good choice. To make sure you’re talking about the same kind of animal, we will explore animal names in German in this blog post!

German Names for Pets

There are almost 15 million cats and around 10 million dogs living in German households. But of course there are other kinds of pet animals as well, such as guinea pigs, hamsters or even snakes. So let’s examine pet names in German. (If you are looking for bird names, please scroll down to the appropriate paragraph.)

AnimalGerman SingularGerman Plural
Catdie Katzedie Katzen
Dogder Hunddie Hunde
Guinea Pigdas Meerschweinchendie Meerschweinchen
Hamsterder Hamsterdie Hamster
Hareder Hasedie Hasen
Mousedie Mausdie Mäuse
Rabbitdas Kaninchendie Kaninchen
Ratdie Rattedie Ratten
Snakedie Schlangedie Schlangen
Turtledie Schildkrötedie Schildkröten

Farm Animal Names in German

names of farm animals in german
The German name for a piglet is “das Ferkel”. Image by Mabel Amber from Pixabay

Farms as we know them from children books with a wide array of different farm animals are rather a thing of the past. Farms today are often monocultures that produce only, for example, one kind of crop or a particular breed of animal, such as pigs.

But the trend for ecological farming has given rise to farms which are more diverse like the old fashioned ones. So there you are more likely to find the typical farm animals most farms had in the good old times.

Farm Animals in German

AnimalGerman SingularGerman Plural
Boarder Eberdie Eber
Bullder Bulledie Bullen
Cattledas Rinddie Rinder
Chickdas Kükendie Küken
Chickendas Huhndie Hühner
Cowdie Kuhdie Kühe
Duckdie Entedie Enten
Ewedas Mutterschafdie Mutterschafe
Ganderder Ganterdie Ganter
Goatdie Ziegedie Ziegen
Goosedie Gansdie Gänse
He-Goatder Ziegenbockdie Ziegenböcke
Horsedas Pferddie Pferde
Oxder Ochsedie Ochsen
Pigdas Schweindie Schweine
Pigletdas Ferkeldie Ferkel
Ramder Schafbockdie Schafböcke
Roosterder Hahndie Hähne
Sheepdas Schafdie Schafe
Stallionder Hengstdie Hengste

Bird Names in German

100 Animal Names in German from around the World 1
Image by edmondlafoto from Pixabay

Without our feathered friends, the world would be a sad place. Many birds look beautiful, sing wonderfully and are a vital part of our eco system. And many people love to watch them and feed them during the winter time.

AnimalGerman SingularGerman Plural
Atlantic Puffinder Papageitaucherdie Papageitaucher
Budgieder Wellensittichdie Wellensittiche
Chickendas Huhndie Hühner
Cockatooder Kakadudie Kakadus
Duckdie Entedie Enten
Eagleder Adlerdie Adler
Magpiedie Elsterdie Elstern
Owldie Euledie Eulen
Parrotder Papageidie Papageien
Ravender Rabedie Raben
Sea-Gulldie Möwedie Möwen
Sparrowder Spatzdie Spatzen
Swallowdie Schwalbedie Schwalben
Swander Schwandie Schwäne
Vultureder Geierdie Geier

Forest Animal Names in German

german animal names for deer: Hirsch
The German name for deer is Hirsch — Image by Lubos Houska from Pixabay

As a kid I loved roaming through the woods near my parents house. There was always something to discover and explore. Climbing trees, building small huts from loose wood and twigs, swimming in a lake, catching fish – the number of adventures seemed endless. And there were all sorts of animals we could watch. Whether it was small ones such as ants or dragon flys or larger ones like rabbits and foxes, they were all fascinating.

AnimalGerman SingularGerman Plural
Antdie Ameisedie Ameisen
Badgerder Dachsdie Dachse
Blind Wormdie Blindschleichedie Blindschleichen
Brown Bearder Braunbärdie Braunbären
Dragon Flydie Libelledie Libellen
Fallow Deerder Damhirschdie Damhirsche
Foxder Fuchsdie Füchse
Hareder Hasedie Hasen
Hedgehogder Igeldie Igel
Lynxder Luchsdie Luchse
Martender Marderdie Marder
Rabbitdas Kaninchendie Kaninchen
Roe Deerdas Rehdie Rehe
Wild Boardas Wildschweindie Wildschweine
Wolfder Wolfdie Wölfe

Fish Names in German

100 Animal Names in German from around the World 2
Image by joakant from Pixabay

There are more than 32,000 different species of sweet and salt water fish. Especially tropical salt water fish can look spectacular with their bright colors and fancy patterns. But also in the northern hemisphere there are a number of beautiful fish that can fascinate us.

AnimalGerman SingularGerman Plural
Angel Fishder Kaiserfischdie Kaiserfische
Carpder Karpfendie Karpfen
Catfishder Welsdie Welse
Cichlidder Buntbarschdie Buntbarsche
Gold Fishder Goldfischdie Goldfische
Guppyder Guppydie Guppys
Hogfischder Eber-Lippfischdie Eber-Lippfische
Pikeder Hechtdie Hechte
Salmonder Lachsdie Lachse
Sturgeonder Stördie Störe
Surgeonfishder Doktorfischdie Doktorfische
Triggerfishder Drückerfischdie Drückerfische
Zanderder Zanderdie Zander

Sea Animal Names in German

sea animals in german
Dolphins probably are the most popular animals in the sea. Image by Pexels from Pixabay

You know the phrase, “there’s more fish in the sea”? Well, in fact there’s even more than just fish in the sea. Actually there’s a whole plethora of spectacular animals living in the lakes, streams and oceans. The fact that their live is so different from that of ours make them even more fascinating.

AnimalGerman SingularGerman Plural
Cuttlefishder Tintenfischdie Tintenfische
Dolphinder Delphindie Delphine
Jellyfishdie Qualledie Quallen
Krillder Krillno plural form
Lobsterder Hummerdie Hummer
Musseldie Muscheldie Muscheln
Octopusder Krakedie Kraken
Oysterdie Austerdie Austern
Shrimpdie Krabbedie Krabben
Starfishder Seesterndie Seesterne
Whaleder Waldie Wale

Polar Animal Names in German

polar animal names in german: polar bear is eisbär
The “Eisbär” is the most impressive animal from the north pole. Image by skeeze from Pixabay

If there was a heraldic animal for the arctic, it would be the polar bear without a doubt. Its sheer power and its majestic appearance are indeed impressive.

But the animal most of us associate first and foremost with the antarctic on the other side of the planet, is very different. The penguin isn’t such a big brute as the polar bear. In fact they are quite the opposite, small, clumsy and lovely. And their wobbly walk and the fact they all seem to be dressed up in swallow-tailed coats make them even more adorable and a favorite for many kids and grown-ups alike.

AnimalGerman SingularGerman Plural
Arctic Foxder Polarfuchsdie Polarfüchse
Arctic Hareder Schneehasedie Schneehasen
Leopard Sealder Seeleoparddie Seeleoparden
Musk Oxder Moschusochsedie Moschusochsen
Penguinder Pinguindie Pinguine
Polar Bearder Eisbärdie Eisbären
Reindeerdas Rentierdie Rentiere
Sea Lionder Seelöwedie Seelöwen
Sealdie Robbedie Robben
Walrusdas Walrossdie Walrösser

Extinct Animal Names in German

extinct animal names in german: Dinosaurier
Image by Jerzy Górecki from Pixabay

There are more extinct animals than just dinosaurs. In fact there’s some 10 – 14 million different kinds of animals on our planet today. But it’s estimated that anywhere between 5 and 50(!) billion species are extinct!

Which means 99.9% of animals are extinct. Which is sad. But also good news. Because I wouldn’t like to spot a nice little chap like the one in the picture above suddenly standing on my front lawn on a sunny morning.

AnimalGerman SingularGerman Plural
Aurochsder Auerochsedie Auerochsen
Caspian Tigerder Kaspische Tigerdie Kaspischen Tiger
Dinosaurder Dinosaurierdie Dinosaurier
Dododer Dododie Dodos
Mammothdas Mammutdie Mammute
Saber-toothed Tigerder Säbelzahntigerdie Säbelzahntiger
Thylacineder Beutelwolfdie Beutelwölfe

So, this was our list of 100 animal names in German. It should give you a lot to talk about with friends or family from Germany.

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