Saturday, 20 December 2014

Why do huskies howl?

Aroooooooos!
Time for Siberian Saturday!
Have you ever wondered why huskies howl?
More on that in a moment, first I just have to share this latest graphic that I have created.

I was visiting Pamela from Something Wagging This Way Comes a few days ago, and I came across a Christmas song that she has created her own lyrics for! There was no way I couldn't share this, so I sent an email, let her know my plans, and turned her song into a graphic.

You are all familiar with the song Walking in a winter wonderland, correct?
If not, check it out here :



Now, check out this version! Sibe Style!!

Right?
I just love it!
Thank you Pamela for allowing me the use of your lyrics!



On with Siberian Saturday.
Why do huskies howl?

There are many dog breeds out there who like to howl, but 'most' Northern Breeds howl on a regular basis, and for different reasons than others.

why do huskies howl?
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Siberian huskies howl mostly for communication purposes. Whether it is communicating to other dogs, or their own humans. A husky will also howl if they are lonely, bored, or just plain talkative!

Huskies who are kept mostly outdoors will even howl for long periods of time in order to get the attention of other dogs in the neighborhood!

Believe it or not, not all huskies will howl. They are not all vocal. They have the capability, but some will go through their whole life without so much as one single howl.
2 of my huskies love to talk and howl, but it is hard to get one out of my girl Lexus, although it has been done!!

How about you?
Do your huskies (or dogs) sing the song of their people?


A Siberian Huskies howl can be heard up to 10 miles away?
Now, this depends entirely upon the terrain they are in.
In a flatland, the howl will travel louder, longer, however in a suburban area with houses and trees their howl will generally reach around 1 mile away.

One more interesting fact about howling :

Wolves have been known to howl in an enclosed area, to make it sound like there are many more of them then there actually are. This usually occurs when danger is approaching one of their dens.

That's all from the Sibe Tribe today, thanks for coming by and please take a moment to check out our photo contribution to the Sepia Saturday blog hop.


Sepia Saturday is hosted by Ruckus The Eskie and Earls World.


P.S Woos for you :
I wanted to let you all know that Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things (our handmade pet themed jewelry shop) has made a donation to our local Humane Society, the Ottawa SPCA.
This was because of you that we were able to do that. Our 12 days of Christmas sales event was a success, and for that, we donated a portion of our sales to animals in need. So I want to say a huge thank you for helping us help our local shelter pets.

Also stay tuned for our next sale on Boxing Day!

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60 comments:

  1. Oh yes! The girls definitely have a way of SINGING what they want!! They may not be huskies...so it is probably not considered howling...but they sing their little hearts out!! Glad to hear your sale was a success!

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  2. LOL howling along. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Mollly

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  3. Interesting. Our dogs don't howl, they roo. But not all Chessies roo. Thunder is a silent dog. No roo'ing and no barking. :) I think the roo's go back to the dogs they were originally mixed with to create the breed. A hound maybe?

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    1. Hmm, that's definitely possible. Interesting thought, thanks!

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  4. I howl on rare occasions, like to join in when I hear another dog howling. The dog next door howls in solidarity with sirens, but I don't join in. I do like to howl with dogs and wolves on YouTube.

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    1. My huskies like to howl along with the wolves on the computer or tv as well!
      I know a lot of dogs who sing along with the sirens, mine do not, they just seem to get talkative sometimes, or they howl at me when they know it's nearing dinner time :)

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  5. That was so interesting! Sometimes if I take one dog for a walk, the two left behind will howl. They can certainly sound like a whole pack of dogs when they do it (and I feel sure the whole neighborhood can hear them)!
    I'm glad to hear that your sale was a success!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. hahaha!!! That's funny! When Mark (my hubby) gets home, the dogs start howling away until he walks in the door!
      Thanks Jan!

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  6. Very interesting about howling, gambler will roo when he is happy and sometimes when I yell at him. lol great graphic! Thanks for your donation!

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    1. LOL Koda does that too!!! Any time I give him heck for something, or if I am getting ready to feed them and ask him to sit while I get the bowls ready, he always talks back to me!!

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  7. Mom's husky as a kid sat outside and howled all the time. Bailie and I love to howl too, but it is normally a hunting call to get the pack members assembled or when there is danger outside to round up the troops.

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    1. I think the song of a husky is just so beautiful!!! I would love to hear you pups howl as well!!
      So cool that you do that to warn for danger!

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  8. That was very interesting about howling. WE kitties don't howl. Heck in our house we barely meow, unless Mom has forgotten to feed us and then we get really vocal!! MOL

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    1. hahaha!!! My kitties meow like crazy at dinner time, and that's about as vocal as it gets!

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  9. Love the parody lyrics, and the facts! I do sing the song of my people (Dachshunds) at introductions, but it's more of a series of yaps; I don't ever really howl. I love huskies cause they so resemble the wolf that is the ancestor of all modern dogs. Enjoy that winter while it lasts! MUSH! *wags* - Gilligan from wagsahoy.com

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    1. I bet your song sounds lovely as well!!!
      We are definitely enjoying the winter, except there should be much more snow by now. I think this year is a dud so far!!!

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  10. My girls don't howl but Zoe definitely likes to talk! :D

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    1. LOL! There are a lot of breeds that do like to howl. But hey, you never know ;)

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  12. I love the new lyrics to the Christmas song. ☺ I wanted you to say the reason Huskies howl is because they don't know the words! Bahahaha!!

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  13. MOL! We're meowing along to that song. :)

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  14. Interesting post! Huskies can sound quite operatic.

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  15. Holy crap 10 miles away lol. We've tested out Laika before because we were a bit concerned about the noise level. She can be heard from about a half mile away by my boyfriend if she's howling outside. Even when she's doing it indoors he can hear her at the neighbors house. I've seen to many videos of Huskies talking and howling - I really don't know if they'd be nearly as entertaining if they were taking place in my living room though. I still remember the first time I saw Laika howl - she was about 6 months old and I had just bought her a new toy. When I gave it to her she went and laid on her blanket with it and proceeded to howl. She's the first dog I've had that howls a lot and boy does it get noisy. It's funny to think that Lexie doesn't get too talkative; I was under the impression that all Huskies were big talkers.

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    1. Aw that is so sweet! xx
      I love the sound of my huskies howling. Me and my hubby always howl back at them which gets them going even more! It is hilarious!!! I bet our neighbors think we are nuts!!! hahaha

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  16. Oh, my! You can actually hear it 10 miles away? Interesting information.

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    1. That's what they say, of course I have never actually put it to the test lol.
      I would imagine the howl can be heard better by other animals rather than us humans xx

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  17. Mom says my HOWLer is defekhtive ;-(

    It is rare that I do although I have a really 'khool' yappy bark ;-)

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

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  18. Love animal carols! My corgis howl at times. It always amuses me.

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  19. Very cool. Jasmine always howled at fire trucks. All our guys like to howl along with hubby's harmonica.

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  20. Magical Dawg always howls when I sing---everyone's a critic, LOL!

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  21. Hi there!

    Thanks so much for joining Ruckus and Earl & Ethel for Sepia Saturday!!

    Lots of Woofs from Earl, Ethel and I at Earl's World!

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  22. Love your version of the song. The only dog we had that howled was Tino and only when he heard certain sounds...like the ice cream truck.

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    1. Thanks, but the credit definitely goes to Pamela! I just made it a graphic :)

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  23. I love the Sibe lyrics - LOL! Especially the part about in the next town... such Husky attitude! Isis gives us major attitude w/ her version of howling when she's hungry or simply wants attention. She mostly "talks" to us vs. others. She doesn't have a cut high pitched howl she has that low, menacing growly-pants voice. It's very demanding! So happy you made a donation to the Humane Society!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Cathy, Isis & Phoebe
    www.dogsluvusandweluvthem.blogspot.com

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    1. I knew you'd appreciate this for sure!!! Haha!!
      I completely understand what your saying about the husky howl being demanding! BOL!
      And please, no need to thank me! It is because of you I was able to donate, so thank YOU!

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  24. That Pamela! Great lyrics, and thanks for sharing that and the original song! Howling seems transportive for dogs...Tashi, my Shih Tzu, surprised me by howling one day on my return. We had just moved to a new place. He was somewhere with his ancestors in his mind when he was doing it -- so funny and sweet! He had to shake him out of his trance-like state to greet me!

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  25. 10 miles away! Holy howling smokes - that's amazing. This was a great post - I learned a lot!

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    1. Right?? Crazy!
      I'm so glad you learned something while your here! Thanks so much for coming by :)

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  26. That's really interesting about the wolves howling in enclosed spaces.

    I had a husky mix here for training over Thanksgiving. She was definitely a talker and would make just the cutest sounds!!

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    1. Isn't it? I thought that was a fascinating fact!
      They are talkative for sure!

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  27. Oh how I miss Kaeto's howl. He was such a vocal boy and I absolutely loved it! We always said that he 'talked back' ;)

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    1. They do for sure!!! I have entire conversations with my huskies! Hahaha!

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  28. It is interesting that dogs howl for different reasons.
    Your song graphic is very cute!

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