Huskies are an incredibly popular breed of dog. Not only are they incredibly beautiful animals, but they are also well known for their intelligence and loyalty. You will find several videos of what appears to be these dogs actually talking with their owners across the internet.
Huskies can’t actually communicate via “talk” like humans can, but they are known to be a talkative breed. And they are incredibly good at making their vocalization sound like words. Like their close relatives, wolves, they tend to whine and howl when prompted, which to us may sound like “talking.”
In this article, we will explore this subject in detail. We will also look at why and when huskies "talk" and how you can interpret these "talks." Let’s get started!
Origin of the Husky Talk: Why do They "Talk"
You will find several videos such as this one online of what appears to be huskies talking.
While we have clarified that huskies can’t communicate with their talk like humans can, they do appear to "talk" more than most other breeds of dogs. This has mostly got to do with their genes.
Huskies are direct descendants of the common ancestor between dogs and wolves. As such, you will find that they share many behavioral traits with wolves, more so than most other modern breeds of dogs. If you observe a Husky talking, you will soon notice that a lot of these talks lead to a howl. This behavior is also common in wolves.
Unlike most dogs, Huskies and wolves will not bark as often. They will do so every now and then, but you will not notice any sustained barking like with the other breeds. Barking is a trait that evolved with guard dogs that needed to alert their human masters of any disturbances occurring nearby. In the wild, within the pack, this isn’t as useful a feature. Most wolves will communicate with one another with whines and howls.
Huskies share the communicative skills of wolves and the domesticated behavioral traits of dogs. So when you talk to your husky, they’ll basically try and respond with their closest imitation of a vocalization. Also, when they’re frustrated, they tend to whine more vocally than most dogs.
Reasons Why a Husky May Be Talking
Most often, a Husky will talk as a response to a sound you make or play. Most dogs will howl at the sound of sirens or other high pitched sounds. This is particularly true for a Husky. And every now and then, they will howl to a sound that you can’t even hear. So if you find a husky whining and howling for no reason, this is most likely the explanation.
Huskies will also talk to greet another dog in the vicinity. Huskies are pack dogs so they will communicate with each other with howls, moans, whines, chirps, and whimpers. So it is likely that you husky is just saying hello to another dog nearby. Also, as pack animals, they are used to joining along to any howl by a member of the pack. So if a Husky hears another dog barking or howling nearby, there’s a good chance it will join along.
Also, if you talk to your husky or play some sort of music, you will find them trying to imitate these sounds as well. While it may be tempting to interpret this as them “talking back,” this is simply their pack instincts kicking in.
Every sound you make is an invitation to your husky to “howl” along. If the sound is continuous, it will prompt the husky to howl. If not, they will whine and moan, which will sound like them “talking.”
Interpreting a Husky’s Talk
If your husky starts “talking” , here are some possible reasons behind it.
1. They Are Hungry or Thirsty
Most dogs will whine and moan when they’re hungry and thirsty. Huskies being “talkative” breeds do a lot more of it. And if you talk back, chances are it will interpret this as some sort of an invitation. And they will talk back more.
Make sure the husky is well fed, and its bowls are filled with water. Also, make sure you are well-informed on how and what to feed your husky.
2. They Have Been Pampered
Huskies are intelligent dogs. And since they are so vocal, there’s a good chance people will pamper them more than other breeds. Could you say no to a cute little husky puppy whining and asking for a treat or a toy? Of course not. Most owners in this way inadvertently play along to the husky’s whines and “talks” and end up spoiling them by giving them what they want. This habit will continue on into their adulthood.
3. They Want to Go Outside
Huskies were originally bred in the open terrains of Siberia. As such, this breed requires more outside time than other dogs. A husky that wants to go outside will resort to talking and whining until it is allowed to do so.
Most huskies will also start “talking” when they’re bored. If you don’t have time to play with it, you’re better off letting it go outside and letting the adventure of the outdoors treat its boredom.
4. They Are Injured or Sick
Huskies will also whine and moan more than other breeds of dogs when they’re injured or ill. Make sure to check for any wounds, and if there’s none, take them to the vet to check for any underlying illness.
Some huskies will also start whining and moaning when they’re afraid of something. Unlike most dogs that will simply snuggle by your side when they hear loud sounds or thunderstorms, a Husky will actually “talk” through the commotion.
Huskies Talking: Other Facts to Consider
There are a few other factors worth considering about Huskies that talk. For instance, younger Huskies seem to talk a lot more than older ones. This is mostly because younger dogs crave more attention than older dogs. This starts early on, with humans more likely to react positively to the puppies that talk the most. This creates a great platform of positive reinforcement for these puppies to develop their innate ability to imitate and talk for attention.
As the dogs start getting older, they lose much of the energy they had as younger dogs. And with this, they also lose their general interest in getting your attention. Our advice is to make the most of your husky’s talk when it’s younger. Just don’t spoil it in the process.
If you’re among the rare few who would actually want their huskies to stop talking as much as they do, you can use negative reinforcement. Simply ignore your husky while it is whining and moaning. It will be hard at first, but once you start punishing it by ignoring it when it talks and then promptly rewarding it once it has calmed down, this will soon get wired into the dog’s brain, and it won’t talk as much.
Huskies are a talkative breed of dogs. They are well known for their ability to vocalize their emotions and they’re much better at it than most other breeds of dogs. They are also pretty good at imitating the sounds or voices they hear, which explains all those viral videos of Huskies telling “I love you” to their owners.
But if you’re considering buying or adopting a Husky puppy just because you’ve seen a lot of fun videos online, you need to know there’s a lot of effort that goes into raising one properly. Just make sure you’ve done the necessary research.