Cynology /sɪˈnɒləi/ (rarely kynology, /kɪˈnɒləi/) is the study of matters related to canines or domestic dogs. In English, it is a term sometimes used to denote a serious zoological approach to the study of dogs[1] as well as by writers on canine subjects, dog breeders, trainers[2][3] and enthusiasts who study the dog informally.[4][5]


Cynology is a classical compound word (from Greek κύων, kyōn, κυνός, kynos, 'dog'; and -λογία, -logia) referring to the study of dogs. The word is not found in major English dictionaries and it is not a recognized study in English-speaking countries. Similar words are in other languages, such German and Dutch Kynologie. κυν is also the source of the English word cynic, and is directly related to canine and hound.

Usage in EnglishEdit

The suffix '-logy' in English words refers to a study, or an academic discipline, or field of scientific study. English classical compound words of this type may confer an impression of scientific rigor on a non-scientific occupation or profession.

Usage in English of the word cynology is rare, and occasionally found in the names of dog training academies, with cynologist sometimes being used as a title by some dog trainers or handlers. People who informally study the dog may refer to themselves as 'cynologists' to imply serious study or scientific work.

The very rare term cynologist in English is generally found to refer to "canine specialists" such as; certified care professionals, certified show judges, breeders, breed enthusiasts, certified dog-trainers and professional dog-handlers.

Usage in other languagesEdit

Cynology may have other connotations or uses in languages other than English; see German Kynologie [de], Dutch Kynologie [nl] and Czech Sportovní kynologie [cs].

  • A similar word is used to refer to dog handlers and dog trainers in Russia.[6][7][8]
  • A veterinary clinic in Armenia offers a 'cynologist' to assist with dog training.[9]
  • A magazine in the Baltic states described as 'dedicated to the development of cynology in the Baltic countries' covers dog training, dog shows, and veterinary advice (a hobbyist magazine, not a scientific journal.)[10]


  1. ^ Albert Heim Foundation (Goal and purpose of such a collection), the Natural History Museum Berne Archived 2011-09-07 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ James O'Heare. "Cynology College". advertisement. Retrieved 2008-04-18. Member, Association of Pet Dog Trainers
  3. ^ Kinship Dog Trainer Training. "Become a Trainer". Retrieved 2008-04-18. Receive a Canine Companions Diploma in Cynology and Certification as a Canine Companions Cynologist!
  4. ^ P. Burns (28 November 2004). "German Hunt Terriers". The Terrierman. Retrieved 2008-04-18. Gruenewald was a 'cynologist' (a self-styled dog man with an interest in genetics)
  5. ^ Five quotes are used in the Wiktionary to illustrate word cynology/cynologist.
    • 1892, The Journal of Comparative Medicine and Veterinary Archives, 'Professor Mills has done excellent work in his course on "Cynology, the Dog and his Diseases," a subject hitherto only taught incidentally in any college ...'
    • 1948, Dogs In Britain Clifford L.B. Hubbard, MacMillan & Co, 'Buffon's table is here reproduced as it was a sincere attempt towards laying a foundation upon which cynologists might work out the origin of breeds and their varieties and the analysis of dog groups.'
    • 1951, The American Mercury, 'Students of cynology can trace in the dictionary the dog's remarkable rise in the public esteem in this century.'
    • 1985, The Complete Dog Book, published by the American Kennel Club, 'The annals of cynology make no further mention of the breed until 1901 when a combined Rottweiler and Leonberger Club was formed.'
    • 1990, Austin Farrer, in his introduction to G. W. Leibniz’ "Theodicy: Essays on the Goodness of God, the Freedom of Man and the Origin of Evil"; quoted in Charles Taliaferro’s 2005 Evidence and Faith (online Archived 2008-04-23 at the Wayback Machine) 'we shall really need a science of probatology about sheep, and cynology about dogs.'
  6. ^ Alexander Lyutin. "ON EXPERTS IN SYSTEM OF RUSSIAN ORGANIZED HUNTING DOG BREEFING". Archived from the original on 2007-11-12. Retrieved 2008-04-18. expert cynologist certification" requires an "educational level not less than high school graduation
  7. ^ Customs Services. "Dogs's noses are not anachronism". Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2008-04-18. Two years ago the cynologist group was filled up with the English cocker-spaniel assistants.
  8. ^ "Кинология |". 2017-11-16. Retrieved 2021-11-27.
  9. ^ Veterinary clinic in Armenia. "Zoosalon". Archived from the original on 2007-06-29. Retrieved 2008-04-18. Our professional cynologist will help with your dog training
  10. ^ "Amberdog". Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2008-04-18.


External linksEdit

  Media related to Cynology at Wikimedia Commons

Further readingEdit

  • Suchanova, J. & Tovstucha, R.E., Problems in translating the names of dog breeds from the perspective of different nomination principles & linguistic relativity. Coactivity: Philology, Educology 2016, 24(2): 113–121 [1]