How would you say "Dog Lover", as in "Person who likes dogs, and may be looking to adopt a dog"?

I feel like "Fanático" is wrong, and "persona a quien le caen bien los perros" is too long.

"Amante" is right out.

  • Besides amante there's also aficionado, but a more modern option is fan de los perros. Commented Jun 25, 2018 at 5:19

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We do say "amante de los perros," but please note that "amante" will be an adjective, not a noun, there (no article allowed), being thus similar to "fond of."

Therefore, a highly likely sentence will be:

Es amante de los perros

We can also use a verb:

Ama / Adora a los perros

  • But what about "Cualquier amante de los perros te dirá etc."? Surely there we see that it's clearly a noun. The way I learned it was that we omit the article, not because the word isn't a noun, but just because... well, because in Spanish we omit the article in simple linking phrases such as "He is a teacher" = "Es maestro". Commented Jun 25, 2018 at 5:18
  • @aparente001 Now that I read your comment, I've had second thoughts. The word "amante" can be an adjective or a noun, and we could say in fact say "es un amante de los perros", which is slightly more emphatic than the more usual "es amante de los perros". With "maestro", we can use the article when we mean that somebody is a genius or an expert in some field: "Es un maestro".
    – Gustavson
    Commented Jun 25, 2018 at 22:04
  • Sorry, maestro was just some convenient example. Inconvenient, as it turns out. Let me try again. "Raúl es albañil." // I agree, "amante" can be both adjective or noun. (That was an interesting sentence! It shows that the omission of the article in a simple sentence of the form noun = noun is also possible in English!) Commented Jun 26, 2018 at 2:52

Un aficionado de los perros then, if un amante de los perros is out.

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