Dogs Are Doggos: An Internet Language Built Around Love For The Puppers

We all know the internet is already obsessed with dogs. And that’s understandable, why wouldn’t it be? They’re the best thing to ever happen to the planet. However, a new trend has recently arisen. People have started addressing dogs with very unusual names.

Let me introduce you to DoggoLingo; a new language trend that has been spreading on the internet like wildfire. You’ve also probably seen it by now. Here’s an example:

“Oh my God! Look at that floof Doggo and the smol pupper beside it. The doggo is pretty thicc isn’t it? With its heavy boof and the pupper trying to keep up with a tiny bork.”

And they don’t make derp faces anymore. They either bleep, boop or they melp. I know, I sound like a complete retard right now. But, it looks much cuter when there is an actual dog around.


Gretchen McCulloch, an internet linguist, had some fascinating views on this unique language. She says DoggoLingo “seems to be quite lexical, there are a lot of distinctive words that are used,” and “It’s cutesier than others, too. Doggo, woofer, pupper, pupperino, fluffer — those have all got an extra suffix on the end to make them cuter.”

She also says the language is very famous because of how relatable it is. How? Well, usually when people are around dogs, they get their Barney mode on and start using mushy words for them. “You’re taking on characteristics of how people would address their animals in the first place,”


Have a look at this fat boi sitting outside a restaurant:

Dogspotting/Screenshot by NPR

The person in this Facebook post is addressing the overweight pug as a “fat boi.” Are you following? I hope you are because this is fun. Some people use the word “floof” for hairy, fluffy dogs like Poodles or Pomeranians. And “long bois” for Weiner Dogs.


We don’t know the exact origin of all these words, but we tried tracking them down to the earliest posts. The phrase “doing me a frighten” was first used in a picture posted by KnowYourMeme.com. In it, a pupper is scaring its doggo dad with a borf, so the dad replies with, “Stop it, son, you are doing me a frighten.”


The origin of “borf,” however, was almost impossible to find. But, thanks to Gabe the Dog, a smol American Eskimo/Pomeranian who’s songs helped make the word very famous. Songs titled Jurassic Bork, The Bork Files, Doggos of the Borkribbean, Imperial Borks, etc. Here is my favorite one:




What is a blop and a mlem?

These tongues sounds have been hovering around the internet for quite some time, but they could never fit into one category. But now, thanks to DoggoLingo, they fit perfectly into it. Redditor blop_cop described this to the point,  “A blop is when a dog pokes his tongue out due to tiredness/forgetfulness and it often is only a small portion of the tongue. A mlem is basically any time a dog is licking their chops, or sticking their tongue out!” 

These words aren’t restricted to only dogs either; they can be used for cats as well.


Here is a Doggo performing a Mlem:


We use the word “heck” as well. However, it has been derived from snek memes, as snakes tend to look tough but they’re just adorable, slightly bigger worms.


Internet circles defining DoggoLingo

McCulloch says internet accounts dedicated to dogs have helped the language grow, such as WeRateDogs on Twitter and thousands of pages on Facebook.


There is also one interesting group called Dogspotting with more than 500,000 members and still growing. It is a dog devoted page, with a few rules. No Known Dogs, so people won’t obsessively post about their pets, No Selfies (who wants to see humans anyway?), and Don’t Drive and Spot, because we know dogs can be distracting. Stay safe.

The result? A news feed filled with dog posts and fluent DoggoLingo. McCulloch says, “We can’t help but be socially influenced by each other. The fun part of a meme is participating in something that other people recognize.”


So, if someone spots an overweight Corgi and calls it a loaf, consider it normal. It only adds up to the DoggoLingo vocabulary. Like this post:

Dogspotting/Screenshot by NPR

Dogspotting may have been the origin of the legendary word “Doggo.”

The page was created in 2008, but it bloomed in 2014, more concentrated in Australia. McCulloch thinks the Australian audience is crucial because they usually tend to add “-o” at the end of words, like when we say “def,” they say “defo.”

So, are Australians really the creators of the word Doggo? The founder of Dogspotting and the page admins John Savoia, Reid Paskiewicz and Jeff Wallen had a few words to express too.

“That makes a shocking amount of sense,” said John Savoia when he heard of the Australian theory. “I bet you anything [doggo] was used before Dogspotting, and we just made it part of the lexicon,” said Paskiewicz.


A Canine Oasis

The innocence and unconditional love of dogs are probably why we are all obsessed with them, and that’s how WeRateDogs and Dogspotting became famous.

Nelson, the owner of WeRateDogs, says, “Maybe they represent this sort of unconditional love that we strive for, or they just embody this innocent perfection that we can’t really find in ourselves or immediately in other animals.”



Molly Bloomfield, the moderator of Dogspotting, says, “Dogs, in general, are wholesome and uplifting. Irrelevant of your political views, your gender, your socioeconomic status; everyone loves dogs and dogs love everyone.”

Dogspotting has very strict rules so they can avoid conflict amongst the members. So, political debates and expressions are not allowed.

“We try our hardest to be fair to everyone,” Wallen says. “We allow spots from rallies, protests and such, but we don’t allow people to project their agendas onto the spotted dogs.” For example, a Dogspotter could say, “I spotted this pup at the anti-Trump rally,” but not, “This dog hates Trump.”

Like this dog at a Planned Parenthood rally in Illinois:

Dogspotting/Screenshot by NPR 

“In this time of politics hijacking our social media, people need dogs to smile and enjoy the good things in life,” Paskiewicz says. “I feel honored to be a part of this social happening.”

Dogs make life worth living. They really do.

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