A Visual Guide to DoggoLingo
If you’re not already familiar with DoggoLingo, chances are you will be soon. This internet-based dialect was born on social media and has grown into a whole vocabulary for describing members of the canine species, from doggo to floof to pupperino. It's unclear where this cutesy descriptive language started, but the trend has spread to dog lovers across the web. And as a recent NPR article states, these terms have real potential to make the leap from social media to spoken language. There’s even a whole Facebook group of more than half a million dog enthusiasts whose captions on photos and videos are populated with "bleps" and "mlems" and other onomatopoetic descriptors of dogs in action.
Now, pet specialty retailers don’t need to start tossing these terms into daily conversation, but it never hurts to keep up with popular pet-related trends, especially ones Millennials are picking up in droves. It might sound a bit ridiculous at first, but it's all intended as a fun, positive celebration of dogs. Who knows, you might find yourself posting photos of the lovable doggos passing through your store before long.
While the definitions of DoggoLingo words are somewhat flexible (whether a dog qualifies a floof or not is really a matter of personal opinion), here’s a brief visual dictionary of some key words to know for basic fluency:
Blep: When a dog’s tongue hangs slightly out of its closed mouth.
Doggo: Catchall term for members of the canine species.
Floof: A dog with fluffy, long or curly fur (or all of the above).
Mlem: A dog sticking its tongue out in a licking motion.
Pupper: Another term for members of the canine species, often used to specifically identify puppies or smaller dogs (sometimes with the adjective “smol”).
Pupperino: Most frequently used to identify puppies, although sometimes used generally for small dogs.