Hundreds of unique dog breeds have originated all over the world, bred for the specific environment and necessary work of that region. As many of these breeds made their way to the United States, their names often were so frequently mispronounced that their Americanized name became the norm. Here is a list of 12 of those commonly mispronounced dog breeds and how to correctly pronounce them!
Samoyeds originated in Siberia and were bred by the Samoyedes, a semi-nomadic group of people who treated their dogs as family. This is why the Samoyed is known as one of the friendliest dog breeds! The correct pronunciation of Samoyed is "samma-yed".
4. Belgian Malinois
These dogs are incredibly versatile workers who have landed jobs in explosive and narcotic detection, tracking suspects for police apprehension, search and rescue missions, and much more. The second word in this breed's name is pronounced "mal-uhn-waa."
10. Spinone Italiano
This breed gets it name from "spino", a thorn bush common in Italy's Piedmont where the breed likely originated from. While the plant was essentially impossible for most animals to move through, the Spinone Italiano's thick, rough coat made navigation through the brambles a breeze. The correct way to pronounce this breed's name is "spin-own-ee italiano".
It may not be that you can't pronounce this breed's name, but rather you've never had the opportunity to. These dogs, also known as Mexican hairless dogs or "xolos" for short, were once believed to be sacred and have been found in the tombs of Colima, Mayan, Toltec, Zapotec, and Aztec Native Americans. The correct way to pronounce the full name is "sho-lo-eetz-queent-lee".