~Kun Suffix for Male Pets

Discussion in '日本語 (Japanese)' started by Marisa113, Apr 23, 2014.

  1. Hello, I have a 16 lbs. male Papitese (Papillon x Maltese mix) named Mochi (after the Japanese rice cake). I am familiar with the name suffixes ~chan ~san ~sama ~kun ~dono etc. and am aware that people often use ~chan after their pets' names too. However, I was wondering, since Mochi is a male, could I say Mochi-kun instead of Mochi-chan? Or would that be weird...

    Thanks in advance!
     
     
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  2. hanako52 Junior Member

    Japanese
    For pets, whether they are males or females, you call them 〜くん/ちゃん/さん/さま etc. in any way you like.
    We do not care, but if your dog is a male and everybody knows about it then Moch-kun could sound more natural to some people's ears.
     
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2014
  3. ありがと ございます
     

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