Monday, March 12, 2012

What’s in a name

 By Mona Sabalones Gonzalez

I looked up some names of dogs and found their origins. Here are some:

 Shih-Tzu – Chinese for “Lion Dog” (pronounced Shirr-dze). Another version, “XiShi quan” refers to the most beautiful woman in legendary ancient China.

Pug – from the Latin word, “Pugness” meaning fist.

Beagle – from the French term “be’guele” because the dog bays when chasing game during hunting.

Terrier – from the French word “terre” meaning earth. The terrier dog burrows during hunting to unearth an animal hiding underground. Mocha Barney, my wire haired dachsund, is arguably a terrier because it digs.

Schnauzer – German “schnauzen” which means “to snarl.”

Huskies – A derivation from “Esky” which is short for Eskimos, who raise them as sled dogs.

Poodle – surprisingly, this dog is not French but German. It comes from the Low German word “pudelen,” meaning to “splash around.” 

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Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

What a grrrreat post. The pictures are perfect fur the names.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Very interesting. Mom always wondered about the shih tzu - very odd name! And we never knew that poodles weren't French.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Belle said...

I love learning the origin of words! Very interesting. I own a Lhasa apso/ Shih-Tzu. She looks very much like the dog in your photo.

euthymic said...

Hi Frankie Furter and Ernie, Thank you! Mom took all the photos herself, mostly from dog shows that she had attended in the past:)

Hello OP Pack! We never knew poodles weren't French either, til mom read up for this piece. Shocker!

Belle, mom is also very interested in linguistics. The Lhasa apso is very similar to the Shih-Tzu, except the nose is bigger and we think the hair grows longer. Mom will look up Lhasa apso on her next list:)

Rubie and Poots (her Mum) said...

I gotta go away and practise my "snarlin" now!

Tail Wuggles, Rubie

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Wow- we learned all kinds of new stuff from your post today!

Priscilla said...

Thanks for that. It's really interesting and I'm glad I know a bit more about the origins of their names.

euthymic said...

Hi Rubie and Poots, I wonder what a Schnauzer snarl sounds like? Will look it up on Youtube:) Tweedles, thank you for reading:) Priscilla, I'm glad you liked the post.