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Nick Names for Common Dog Breeds

Nick Names for Common Dog Breeds

Many people that have been around something for a long time come up with nick names for those “things” around them. Telephone is a phone. Television is a TV. Newspaper is a paper.

Many people shorten the names of several breeds. This is something that many of us in the veterinary profession see this as a language that we take for granted.

This came to the surface recently when a client overheard a technician talk about a “Golden in back”. The client asked - a golden what (who knows if they were thinking we held the golden egg)? What the technician was referring to was a Golden Retriever.

So what other breed names are commonly shortend or have nick names?
Here is our list:

1. Labrador Retriever = Lab
2. Yorkshire Terrier = Yorkie
3. German Shepherd Dogs = GShep (Gee-shep) or commonly written as GSD
4. Retrievers (Golden) = Golden
5. Beagles = Beagle
6. Boxers = Boxer
7. Dachshund = Doxie

8. Poodle = Poodle
9. Shih Tzu = Tzus (pronounced zoo)
10. Bulldog = Bulldog
11. Miniature Schnauzer = schnauzer
12. Chihuahua = Chihuahua
13. Pomeranian = Pom
14. Pug = Pug
15. Rottweilers= Rotty or Rottie
16. BostonTerrier = Boston
17. Cocker Spaniel = Cocker
18. German Shorthaired Pointers = GSP's or “Shorthairs”
19. Maltese = Maltese
20. Shetland Sheepdogs = Sheltie
21. Doberman Pinscher = Dobie
22. Pembroke Welsh Corgi = Corgi
23. Great Danes = Dane
24. Siberian Huskies = Huskie or Husky
25. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels = “Cavalier”
26. Miniature Pinschers = Min Pin
27. English Springer Spaniels = Springers or ESS (pronounced E-S-S)
28. Mastiff = Mastiff
29. Brittany Spaniel = Brittany
30. Weimaraner = Weimies or Weim
31. Basset Hound = Basset
32. Bichons Frises = Bichon
33. Australian Shepherd = Aussie
34. French Bulldogs = Bulldog
35. West Highland White Terriers = Westie
36. Papillon = Papillon
37. Havanese = Havanese
38. Collies = Collie
39. St. Bernards = St. Bernard
40. Bullmastiffs = Bullmastiff
41. Bernese Mountain Dogs = Bernese
42. Vizsla = Vizsla
43. Bloodhound = Bloodhound
44. Newfoundland = Newfie
45. Scottish Terriers = Scotties
46. Chinese Shar-Pei = Shar pei
47. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers = Chessie
48. Cairn Terriers = Cairns
49. Lhasa Apsos = Lhasas
50. Pekingese = Pekes
51. Akita = Akita
52. Chinese Crested = Chinese crested
53. Rhodesian Ridgebacks = Rhodies
54. Border Collies = border collies
55. Airedale Terriers = Airedales
56. Alaskan Malamutes = Malamutes
57. Great Pyrenees = Pyr
58. Bull Terriers = Bully
59. Italian Greyhounds = Iggies
60. Brussels Griffons = Griffons
61. Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers = wheaten
62. Whippets = Whippets
63. Chow Chows = Chows
64. Australian Cattle Dogs = Aussies
65. Portuguese Water Dogs = PWDs or Water Dogs
66. Irish Setters = Setters
67. Shiba Inu = Shiba Inu
68. American Staffordshire Terriers = Amstaff
69. English Cocker Spaniels = Cocker
70. Pointers (German Wirehaired)= Wirehair
71. Japanese Chin = Chin
72. Old English Sheepdogs = OES or Sheepdog
73. Samoyeds = Samoyed
74. Silky Terriers = Silkies
75. Parson Russell Terriers - Jack Russell Terriers = JRT or Jack Russell
76. Beauceron = Beauceron
77. Dalmatians = Dalmatian
78. Cardigan Welsh Corgis = Corgi
79. Belgian Malinois = Malinois
80. Irish Wolfhounds = Wolfhound
81. Border Terriers = Border Terrier
82. Wire Fox Terriers = Wires
83. Giant Schnauzers = Schnauzer
84. Bouviers Flandres = Bouviers
85. Staffordshire Bull Terriers
86. Schipperkes = Schipperkes
87. Swedish Vallhunds - Vallhunds
88. Toy Fox Terriers = Fox Terrier
89. Basenjis = Basenjis
90. Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs = Swissies
91. Gordon Setters = Gordons
92. Tibetan Terriers = Tibetan Terriers
93. English Setters = English Setters
94. Afghan Hounds = Afghan
95. Norwich Terriers = Norwich
96. Norwegian Elkhounds = Elkhound
97. Welsh Terriers = Welsh
98. Borzois = Borzoi
99. Keeshonden = Keeshound
100. Flat-Coated Retrievers = Retriever
101. Smooth Fox Terriers = Smooths or Smoothies
102. Standard Schnauzers = Schnauzer
103. Belgian Tervuren = Terv
104. Tibetan Spaniels = Tibetan spaniel
105. Wirehaired Pointing Griffons = Griffon
106. Pointers = Pointer
107. Bearded Collies = Bearded
108. Australian Terriers = Australian Terrier
109. American Eskimo Dogs = Eskie
110. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers = Toller
111. Anatolian Shepherd Dogs - Anatolian Shepherd
112. Norfolk Terriers = Norfolks
113. Manchester Terriers = Manchesters
114. Kerry Blue Terriers = Kerry blues
115. Neapolitan Mastiffs = Mastiff
116. Plotts Hound - Plotts
117. Spinoni Italiani = Spinone
118. Salukis = Salukis
119. Belgian Sheepdogs = Belgian sheepdog
120. Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeens = PBGV
121. English Toy Spaniels = English Toy Spaniels
122. Clumber Spaniels = Clumbers
123. Briards = Briards
124. Welsh Springer Spaniels = Welsh Springer
125. Affenpinschers = Affen
126. Irish Terriers = Irish Terriers
127. Miniature Bull Terriers = Minnie Bull Terriers
128. Tibetan Mastiffs = Mastiff
129. Bedlington Terriers = Bedlington
130. Lakeland Terriers = Lakeland
131. Black Russian Terriers = Black Russian
132. Spaniels (Field) = Spaniel
133. Greyhounds = Greys
134. Kuvaszok = Kuyaszok
135. German Pinschers = German Pinscher
136. Black and Tan Coonhounds = Coonhound
137. Scottish Deerhounds = Deerhound
138. American Water Spaniels = Spaniel
139. Lowchen = Lowchen
140. Ibizan Hounds = Ibizan
141. Pulik = Pulik
142. Polish Lowland Sheepdogs = Polski Owczarek Nizinny or PONS
143. Curly-Coated Retrievers = Retriever
144. Komondorok = Komondor
145. Pharaoh Hounds = Pharaohs
146. Sealyham Terriers = Sealyham
147. Irish Water Spaniels = Irish Water Spaniels
148. Dandie Dinmont Terriers = Dandies
149. Glen of Imaal Terriers = Glen of Imaal Terriers
150. Harriers = Harriers
151. Finnish Spitz = Spitz
152. Skye Terriers = Skyes
153. Canaan Dogs = Canaan
154. Spaniels = Sussex
155. American Sussex Foxhounds = Foxhound
156. Otterhounds = Otterhound
157. English Foxhounds = Foxhound
158. American Pit Bull Terrier = Pit bull or Pit