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When talking to people in Korean, there are social rules (heirarchy, age, general politeness) that determine whether I should use formal speech like 해요 or 합니다. But what about if I'm talking to animals?

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It's usually weird to use polite speech or honorifics to pets or animals, unless doing so sarcastically or ironically (or just to sound cute).

General rule of thumb: just use 반말 to animals.

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    When speaking to a horse, speak in half-horse =) – user12 Jun 21 '16 at 20:03

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