How To “Woof” In 16 Different Languages

We know that our pups have their own language full of barks and yips and wiggly noises, but did you know that dog sounds are different in every language? Onomatopoeia is awesome. Protip: Say all of these sounds out loud. 🙂

1. English:  woof, woof; ruff, ruff; arf, arf; bow wow; yap, yap; yip, yip (small dogs)

english dog
Source: Telegraph 

2. German: wuff, wuff; wau, wau

german dog
Source: German Shepherd Facts

3. Turkish: hev hev; hav, hav

turkish dog
Source: Kangal Dogs International

4. Spanish: guau-guau; gua, gua; jau, jau

spain dog
Source: Puppyer

5. Afrikaans: blaf, blaf; woef, woef; keff, keff (small dogs)

south africa dog
Source: Cafepress

6. Russian: gav, gav (гав-гав); tyav, tyav (тяв-тяв, small dogs)

russian dog
Source: Petguide

7. Korean: meong, meong (멍멍)

korean dog
Source: Dog Wallpapers

8. Japanese: wan-wan (ワンワン); kyan-kyan (キャンキャン)

japanese dog
Source: wallcoo

9. Italian: bau, bau

italian dog
Source: McCullagh

10. Hindi: bow, bow

indian dog
Source: Zazzle

11. Icelandic: voff, voff

iceland dog
Source: Pedigree Database

12. Dutch: blaf, blaf; kef, kef; waf, waf; woef, woef

dutch dog
Source: Dutch Shepherd Forum

13. Danish: vov, vuf

denmark dog

14. Mandarin: wang, wang (汪汪)

chinese dog
Source: The Life Animal

15. Albanian: ham, ham

albanian dog
Source: Trek Earth

16. French: waouh, waouh; ouah, ouah; ouaf, ouaf; vaf, vaf; wouf, wouf; wouaf, wouaf; jappe jappe

Stacie Grissom

9 years ago