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Shih-what? Mispronounced dog breed names

    Here are my favorite mispronunciations of dog breeds, all of which I’ve actually heard.

    1. Akeeter. Because of his curly tail, my dog Ace is often suspected to have some of this Japanese breed in his mix. As in, “He got any Akeeter in ’em?”

    2. Burmese Mountain Dog. Alas, these behemoths are not from Burma, but a section of Switzerland that is also home to the Bernese Alps. Not the Alpos, the Alps.

    3. Datsun. A few months back I saw a sign posted on a light pole by a family that was having to find a new home for their “Datsun,” which was good with children and up to date on its shots.

    4. Great Dames. I’ve known a few, and none were dogs. I don’t think they were Danes, either.

     5. Rock Wilder. I’ve had several people tell me that my dog appears to have some “Rock Wilder” in him. They’re correct about that part, at least — if not the porn star-sounding name of the breed.

    6. Saint Barnyard. Protectors of all the cows, pigs, goats and chickens? Hay, that can’t be right. 

  7. Snoozers. You’ve got your standard Snoozers and your miniature Snoozers. Most of the miniature ones I’ve known, however, don’t snooze much, or allow anyone else to, either.

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   8. Sharpie. It’s Shar-Pei, not Sharpie. Make a note of it.

    9. Rhyme-a-whiner/Wisenheimer. I had one of these sleek, silver-grey, highstrung dogs while growing up, and while she did sometimes whine, she was, bless her heart, anything but wise.

    10. Welch Corky.  No, it’s not what keeps the grape juice in the bottle. It’s the dog breed that got short-changed when they were handing out the legs — the Welsh Corgi.

Monday: The hardest-to-pronounce dog breed of all.


Comment from Jackie
Time May 23, 2009 at 11:32 pm

Not hard to pronounce, maybe, but many people who own chihuahuas don’t know how to spell the name. It wasn’t until I started calling them Chi-hoowah-hoowahs that I got some people I know to spell the breed correctly on forms they were filling out. 🙂

Comment from marijke
Time May 30, 2009 at 7:39 am

Nice piece!

Comment from Nancy
Time May 30, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Having 2 Corgi’s I am well aware of the mispronunciations
Corkys, Corgees, Welches,…. someone called them tater tots
the other day!

Comment from angel
Time June 17, 2009 at 5:45 am

need him the dog

Comment from 2pugsinapod
Time June 17, 2009 at 10:45 am

This is my favorite. See if you can spot it. http://www.brooklyneagle.com/categories/category.php?category_id=27&id=28846

Comment from Chaypeta
Time June 20, 2009 at 5:14 am

How about ‘schipperke’… I own two of them and I rarely come across people who know what they are, never mind how to pronounce the breed name. (skipper-key, FYI.)

Comment from Kim
Time August 19, 2009 at 4:50 pm

I think someone called my Pomeranian a “Pomerdrainian” once!

Comment from annabelle15
Time November 11, 2009 at 5:37 pm

i have wat i call a wennie dog because i can’t prononce or remember how to spell her breed

Comment from annabelle15
Time November 11, 2009 at 5:45 pm

can anyone spell the other breed of a wennie dog?

Comment from Cali
Time December 8, 2009 at 8:34 pm

They’re called dachshund.

and it’s spelled “weenie”.