Adjectives to Describe Animals in Spanish

Quick Answer

Furry (peludo)? Adorable (adorable)? Terrifying (aterrador)? How would you describe your favorite animal in Spanish?

In this article, you'll learn loads of adjectives that you can use to describe the animals you love...and also those you hate!

Size

First let's see how to describe the size (el tamaño) of different animals.

EnglishSpanishEnglishSpanish
microscopic
microscópico
underweightmuy flaco/de peso más bajo que el normal
minuscule
minúsculo
skinny
flaco
miniatureenano/en miniaturathin
delgado
tinychiquitito/pequeñitofat
gordo
smallpequeño/chicochubbyrechoncho/regordete/llenito/gordito
littlepequeño/chicoplumprechoncho/regordete/llenito
big
grande
overweight
con sobrepeso
huge
enorme
tall
alto
enormous
enorme
shortbajo/chaparro
giant
gigante
humongous
enorme

Let's see a couple of examples.

examples
Ay, esa catarina está bien chiquitita.
Aw, that ladybug is so tiny.
Guau, ¡qué serpiente más enorme!
Wow, what a humongous snake!

tiny ladybug

Colors/Patterns

Now let's learn some of the words you can use to describe the special colors or patterns an animal's coat or skin can have.

EnglishSpanishEnglishSpanish
stripedrayado/listadogingerrojizo/anaranjado
spottedcon manchas/manchadotabby
atigrado
cloudednublado/nublosocalico
tricolor
brindledpinto/manchadotricolor
tricolor
solid
liso
multicolor
multicolor
dappled
rodado
iridescent
iridiscente
speckled
moteado
fluorescent
fluorescente

Here are some examples:

examples
Los gatos tricolores siempre son hembras.
Calico cats are always female.
La yegua rodada era muy mansa.
The dappled mare was very mild-mannered.

calico cat

Texture

Next, let's take a look at words used to describe the way the coat or skin of an animal might feel.

EnglishSpanishEnglishSpanish
fluffy
esponjoso
spiny
con púas
furry
peludo
sleek
liso y brillante
poofy
esponjoso
feathery
con plumas
hairy
peludo
rough
áspero
shaggylanudo/peludosmooth
liso
spikycon puntas/con púasslimy
baboso
prickly
con púas
scaly
escamoso

Here are a few examples:

examples
Un conejo esponjoso está sentado en el jardín.
A fluffy bunny is sitting in the garden.
Un gusano baboso salió de la maceta.
A slimy worm popped out of the flowerpot.

fluffy bunny

Miscellaneous

Finally, here are a list of miscellaneous words you can use to describe animals.

EnglishSpanishEnglishSpanish
cutelindo/precioso/monoscary/terrifying
aterrador
adorable
adorable
poisonous/venomous
venenoso
nimbleágil/diestrodangerous
peligroso
sassy
pícaro
creepy
espeluznante
friendly
amigable
sneaky
furtivo

For example:

examples
Ese cachorro se ve muy amigable.
That puppy looks really friendly.
Los mapaches son muy diestros.
Raccoons are very nimble.

huggable dog

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