If you ever had a husky around you, you will have certainly noticed that her way of communicating is different from the one of most dogs. These pooches are either very quiet and don’t bark at all, or can be quite noisy and perform a whole series of vocalizations.
The reason why huskies are so vocal can be explained by the fact that they have a lot in common with wolves. Unlike other dogs, huskies have been able to maintain some of the “wild sides” of their ancestors. This is why they are considered an “ancestral breed” and they have a way of acting that is quite unique.
In this article, we will go through the different types of vocalizations a husky can have and what to make of them. Understanding what a husky is trying to communicate can seem challenging, but it is possible. If you already have a husky, being able to communicate better with each other will make your relationship even more solid.
Why Do Huskies Make Weird Noises?
The main reason why huskies are so vocal is due to the fact that they are an ancient breed. These dogs have never been crossed bred to make them more domesticated and have maintained their “wild nature”. They are considered halfway between a dog and a wolf for many aspects of their character. One of the most obvious similarities with wolves is that they don’t bark but vocalize and howl.
Another explanation for their vocalizations is that they originally lived in very spread-out regions of North-East Asia together with the Chukchi tribe. They were often in isolated areas with harsh weather conditions and they could rely only on vocalizations to communicate with other animals that could be many miles away. High pitch sounds, like howling, travel much further than lower pitch sounds like barking.
1. They Need Something
One of the reasons why a husky will start to make vocalizations is because he needs something from you. This is his way of communicating with his owner and even with other people or animals. If he is feeling hungry or needs to go for a walk he will start making funny noises until you fulfill his requests.
Remember that a husky is a primitive breed and is not as submissive as most dogs. If he doesn’t get his way, you can rest for sure that the howling will continue and probably get more intense. Furthermore, the requests of a husky do not limit themselves to eating and going out. If your husky wants to play or wants any other kind of attention he will start to vocalize until he gets his way.
2. They Heard Another Dog Nearby
Another reason why a husky could start making noises is that he heard a dog nearby. Even if you didn’t hear anything this doesn’t mean that nothing is happening. Your dog has, in fact, much better hearing than you and can pick up even the slightest noise.
If you are not sure your dog started vocalizing for this reason, just open the front door or the window next time this happens. This way you will know if your pooch is getting worked up just because he heard another dog or if you need to look for other answers.
3. They Heard A Strange Noise
As we already said, a husky, just like any other dog, has a much more sensitive hearing than humans. Dogs can hear very high-pitched noises and very slight noises. If your husky starts to vocalize for what seems to be no reason, it could easily be because he heard an odd noise coming from somewhere.
Huskies can be afraid of unusual noises or loud noises. Most dogs don’t enjoy loud noises and confusion since their hearing is very sensitive. Next time your husky starts vocalizing and you are not sure why he’s doing that, try to notice if there is an alarm going off nearby or cars making noises.
4. They Are Excited
One more reason why a husky can start vocalizing is that he is excited. Maybe he knows he will be going out and starts to howl to express his joy and happiness. Most dogs can easily get over-excited when playing and when they get food or treats.
This behavior is normal and it just means that your husky is very happy. It won’t be difficult to understand if this is the reason your pooch is vocalizing. If he does it just before or during an event he enjoys, then you have your answer.
5. They Feel Stressed
A husky could start howling and making noises because he feels stressed. This could happen if he is experiencing something new that he’s not used to or if he has to do something he dislikes. These kinds of situations could make a husky feel agitated and anxious.
A typical example of a stressful situation for a husky is when he needs to go to the vet. Most dogs don’t like having to go to these appointments and will start to vocalize. Another situation in which a husky could feel stressed is when there are strangers in the house. Most dogs will bark when someone they don’t know enters the door and huskies are just the same, only that they will howl instead.
Are Huskies The Most Talkative Dogs?
Huskies are for sure among the most talkative dogs and there are many Youtube videos that can confirm that. Having a husky around the house means never feeling alone and having a pal to talk to. Nonetheless, there are other dog breeds that are considered quite noisy, like Beagles, Yorkshire Terriers, Australian Shepherds, and Chihuahuas.
The main difference between all of these pooches and a husky is that they have a regular bark while the husky will mostly howl. Usually, the vocalizations of a husky are well tolerated by most humans, while some types of barking can be quite nerve-racking.
If you live in a house and you have neighbors, a husky that vocalizes will probably be better tolerated than a yapping little dog. Some huskies have the ability to make noises that resemble very much human talk. Take a look at the video below where you can hear a “talking” husky communicating with his owner.
The reason why huskies are so vocal is that they are an “ancestral breed” and have maintained their way of being throughout the centuries. Huskies are considered to be halfway between a dog and a wolf. The most noticeable common trait they have with wolves is that they both howl. The second feature they have in common is that they cannot be trained easily. So if you want to train your husky not to vocalize… you’d better try doing something else.
Huskies make vocalizations for a number of reasons, but the most common are that they need something, they heard another dog nearby, they heard a strange noise, they are excited, or they are stressed. When a husky starts howling it is not always easy to understand why he is doing that. You just need to take some time to figure out what is bothering your pooch or if instead, he is just happy about something.
Huskies are not the only noisy dogs and there are some other breeds that even outperform them. These are Yorkshire Terriers, Beagles, Australian Shepherds, and Chihuahuas. The good side of having a dog that vocalizes is that it is usually less annoying than a dog that barks all the time. If you want a dog that is quiet and won’t bother the neighbors, you probably shouldn’t get a husky. They just love to “talk” and communicate with their owner and there is nothing you can or should do to change that.