If you’ve ever encountered a husky (and you most likely have), you probably had a lot of fun, right? Other than that, you might have noticed they are quite noisy!
But, why are huskies so vocal? What do they bark and howl about?
We explore the reasons why huskies vocalize more than other breeds below!
Why Do Huskies Talk?
In addition to their remarkable blue eyes, huskies are also known for being the most talkative dog breed out there. But what does that mean? And are they really saying anything?
There are several likely reasons why huskies make a variety of sounds, from howling and screaming (yes, screaming!) to groaning and barking (on rare occasions):
- Communicating with their pack—like their wolf progenitors, huskies vocalize in a variety of sounds and tones to talk to their packs as a means of survival; granted, nowadays, they are surrounded by people instead of other dogs, but the instinct remains;
- Reacting to foreign sounds—since they can hear sounds as high as 65,000 Hz, dogs are much more sensitive to external sounds than us; so you can expect them to howl when hearing a siren or a crying baby or even sing along when hearing music;
- Expressing their emotions—huskies use a very wide range of sounds to tell you how they feel; for instance, if they don’t like doing something, they’ll yelp and whine; if they are hurt, they’ll wail and grumble, and if they’re stubborn, they’ll have a hissy fit and scream;
- Imitating human speech—since they are sensitive to various tones and sounds, especially human speech, huskies tend to imitate you if you talk to them; however, while they get quite good at reproducing the same frequencies, they hold no real meaning;
- Confronting their owners—huskies can be quite energetic, feisty, and confrontational, and if you try to make them do something they don’t want to do, they can be quite dramatic and voice their stress with sounds ranging from grunting to screaming.
Essentially, huskies are a ‘talkative’ dog breed as a result of their genetic heritage, which has helped them develop this unique trait to communicate with the pack while hunting out in the wild or working together for their human owner, such as pulling a sled.
Therefore, there’s no need to worry about any excessive vocalizations since they are used to communicating with those around them via all sorts of sounds.
Note: As arguably the friendliest breed of dog, huskies rarely bark since such behavior indicates aggressive and protective tendencies. Therefore, if you really need a suspicious and attentive guard dog, look into other breeds that are more suitable for that purpose.
Why Do Huskies Scream?
When they really need or want to attract their owner’s attention, huskies are bound to yell and scream since it’s the most expressive sound they can make.
But why do huskies yell? Well, in most cases, they simply want to draw your attention to something dangerous or express their frustrations with you.
Note that while these high-pitched sounds are often quite harmless, they may still attract other people’s attention if your dog makes them out in public.
However, a rare reason your dog might be screaming is to express anxiety or fear, which is discernible if accompanied by pacing, yawning, or licking its lips. In such cases, you will have to spend some time with your doggo to calm it down lovingly.
Note: If your husky continues exhibiting such worrisome behavior for a prolonged period, you have to check off the main reasons why it may be vocalizing so intensely.
Can I Train My Husky to Be Less Vocal?
While intense vocalizing is part of any husky’s nature, you can still try out several approaches to minimize it if and when you eliminate any medical reason for the howling.
First of all, huskies are very intelligent dogs and can easily learn new commands, but the sounds they make are part of their communicative proclivities, so even if you teach them basic commands like ‘quiet’ and ‘speak’, the best you can do is reduce their vocalizing.
That said, focus on curtailing any behavior that precedes their extreme vocalizations.
For instance, if your pup howls out of excitement when you walk through the door, you should teach it to stay calm when you get home with a reward system.
On the other hand, if your doggo is howling when locked, keep it inside the kennel only when absolutely necessary and leave a toy inside to occupy their attention.
At the end of the day, you can always try exercising your dog mentally and physically to drain their energy, thus calming them down.
Huskies are vocal since they had to rely on each other in the wild and needed a way to communicate effectively. This predisposition was also enforced as they were bred to work with other sled dogs in cold climates. Ultimately, whatever the reason for their chattiness, if you need an outspoken and extremely friendly dog, get a husky. You won’t regret it!
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do huskies make weird noises?
Huskies are known for making a wide variety of sounds, from howls and barks to yips and whines. While some of these noises may sound strange since no other dog makes them, they’re just your husky’s way of communicating.
Why are huskies so vocal early in their life?
Huskies start whining constantly as soon as they are born since the inclination to vocalize is hardcoded in their DNA. During these early weeks, they make various sounds (even when sleeping), from crying and whimpering, to barking, sighing, and screaming.