Ο σκύλος and other words for dog
Please could someone say what the difference is between:
Ο σκύλος vs το σκυλί
Also, what is a σκυλάκι? Is it a little dog, and if so how little? I'm also wondering about σκυλίτσα.
Basically σκυλάκι and σκυλίτσα are not the exact same thing.Η σκυλίτσα is the female little dog.Σκυλάκι is a more generic word for the little dog.
Other words for animals also have similar distinctions. For cat you can say γάτα (standard word for this animal), γατί another word often used colloquially for cat, γάτος - male (tom) cat, γατάκι - kitten.
Σκύλος is the official name. You cannot use the word σκυλί in a scientific paper for instance.