While huskies are one of the most fun and loving breeds to own as pets, they do have some downsides, mainly that they’re very loud, vocal, and talkative.
Huskies howl often, and this howling can be deafening.
They also “talk” a lot (a video further down this post shows examples of this “talking”).
This “talking” is known as vocalization and can be cute at the right time but very annoying at the wrong time.
So, why are huskies so loud?
Why Are Huskies So Vocal and Talkative?
Huskies are so loud because they’re genetically predisposed to be.
Huskies were originally pack dogs that worked to pull sleds through snow.
They were bred to communicate with humans and other dogs by making loud noises, such as howls, whines, barks, or groans.
Before we go on, here is a charming video of some huskies being very vocal and talkative:
NOTE – You might also enjoy reading this post asking the question: why do dogs show their teeth when guilty?
Common Husky Vocalizations
Huskies are known for being vocal dogs, and they have a variety of different vocalizations they use to communicate with their owners and other dogs.
Here are some common husky vocalizations:
- Howling: Huskies are known for their distinctive howling, which they use to communicate over long distances. They may howl in response to sirens or other loud noises or simply because they are excited or feeling playful.
- Barking: While huskies are not typically as vocal as some other breeds when it comes to barking, they still use this vocalization to communicate. They may bark to alert their owners to potential danger or to express their excitement or frustration.
- Whining: Huskies may whine when they are feeling anxious, bored, or in need of attention. They may also whine when they want something, such as food or a toy.
- Growling: Like all dogs, huskies may growl when they feel threatened or defensive. This is a warning signal that other dogs or people should back off.
- Talking: Some huskies are known for a unique vocalization that sounds almost like talking. This can include a range of different sounds and pitches and may be used to express a wide variety of emotions and needs.
It’s important to note that every husky is different, and individual dogs may have their own unique vocalizations or ways of communicating.
It’s up to owners to learn their dog’s specific cues and signals in order to better understand and communicate with them.
Related Post: Why Are Small Dogs So Annoying?
Are All Huskies Vocal and Noisy?
Huskies are known to be a vocal breed of dog, but not all individuals within the breed are equally talkative.
Some huskies may be more vocal than others, while some may be quieter or even silent.
Siberian Huskies have a strong instinct to communicate with their pack and their human families, which can sometimes manifest as howling, barking, or whining.
However, training and socialization can also play a role in a husky’s vocal tendencies.
A well-trained and socialized husky may be less likely to vocalize excessively or inappropriately.
It’s important to note that vocalization is a natural behavior for dogs, and some level of barking, howling, or whining should be expected from any breed.
However, excessive or inappropriate vocalization can be a sign of underlying issues that may require attention from a veterinarian or a professional dog trainer.
If you are worried about the health of your husky and are in financial difficulty and worried about vet bills, this site lists helpful resources to help you pay your bills.
(If you don’t live in the US, you can use Google to find similar help in your country, there is a lot of support out there for dog owners who are in difficulty).
Are Huskies the Loudest Dogs?
Whether you already own a husky or are thinking about getting one, you probably wonder if they’re the loudest dog breed.
So, are huskies the loudest dogs?
Huskies aren’t the loudest dogs, although they are considered one of the loudest dog breeds.
Huskies are vocal due to their breeding. They were bred to pull sleds, and the noisy vocalization is part of that breeding.
Huskies were bred to work as pack animals. Howling and “talking” was common communication form between the animals as they worked pulling sleds.
NOTE – You might also be interested in this blog post looking at why some dogs cry when they are in the car.
What Is the Loudest Dog Breed?
Golden retrievers are considered the loudest dog breed.
This is because the loudest bark ever recorded was by a golden retriever called Charlie.
However, other dog breeds, such as huskies and hounds, may bark and howl more than Golden retrievers.
So it is debatable which breed really is the loudest.
Can Huskies Be Trained Not To Howl or be Vocal?
Although huskies are among the best dogs as pets, their loud howling and talking can get frustrating.
If you’re struggling with this, you’re probably hoping they can be trained not to howl. But is that possible?
Huskies can be trained not to howl or be vocal.
However, training can be challenging, as huskies are a loud dog breed, and vocalization is part of their nature.
If your husky is loud and vocal, it’s essential to ensure it’s getting enough exercise and attention.
While every dog is different, keeping up a consistent training routine should show some improvement with howling.
NOTE – You also find this article about dogs crying when they see their owners fun to read.
How To Train Your Husky Not To Howl or be Vocal
If you’re providing your husky with enough attention and exercise every day, but it continues to howl often, you can do some training to (hopefully) stop this from happening.
You can train a husky to be quiet just like you would train them to do things like sit or stay.
Here’s how to train your husky not to howl:
- Create your verbal command. Much like “sit” or “stay,” you need a command to give your husky when you want some peace and quiet. Using the word “quiet” will suffice.
- After your husky quiets down from howling, use the verbal command. You’ll want to do this as soon as your husky is quiet.
- Immediately give your husky a treat. After getting the verbal command and receiving a treat, your dog will begin to understand that being quiet leads to rewards.
- Repeat this process daily. You can do this several times a day until you see progress. However, be careful with giving your husky too many treats. You don’t want them to get fat.
One of the most important aspects of training your husky (or any dog) is patience.
Dogs are intelligent animals, but proper training requires a lot of patience and understanding from the owner to be effective.
NOTE – Click here to read our post looking at: why can’t dogs talk like humans can?
Are Huskies Aggressive?
Dogs that are typically loud and make noise are often equated as aggressive breeds.
However, this isn’t always the case, as noise isn’t necessarily bad.
Huskies aren’t aggressive. While all dog breeds can be aggressive occasionally, huskies aren’t prone to aggressive behavior.
Huskies are known for their loyalty, protectiveness, and affectionate behaviors.
While huskies aren’t typically aggressive dogs, various factors can lead to more aggressive behavior, such as growling or biting.
NOTE – You may also enjoy this post looking at if dogs howl at the moon.
Why Your Husky Growls
Having your pet husky growling or showing signs of aggression and growling isn’t ideal.
So, the first step to understanding why your husky is growling is determining what is causing it.
There are many reasons why your husky could be growling:
1. Your Husky Is Scared
Many dogs have specific fears, whether thunderstorms, other animals, or even the mailman.
With these fears come defensive reactions, one of which is growling.
Your husky could be growling in fear of its surroundings, possibly from other animals.
Therefore, getting your dog out of the fearful situation is best.
2. Your Husky Is Feeling Possessive or Territorial
A common reason your husky could be growling, especially if it’s a common occurrence, is possessive or territorial issues.
You could be in trouble if you have a husky who frequently growls when you or another animal gets too close to its food.
This behavior is typically corrected at a young age to prevent adult huskies from growling aggressively.
If this is the case, training with a canine behaviorist might be in order.
3. Your Husky Is Injured
An injured husky could also be the reason for growling.
While dogs will whine when they’re injured most of the time, growling is still a possibility.
Other signs, such as significant behavior changes or limping, will tell you if your husky is injured.
It’s best to take your dog to the vet if you suspect any injury.
3. Your Husky Is Feeling Playful
Lastly, your husky could be growling because it’s feeling playful.
It’s easy to spot this, as your dog will obviously be playful and excited.
In this case, growling is nothing to worry about. However, it’s always best to watch out for any signs of aggression.
Final Thoughts On Why Huskies Are Vocal and Talkative
Huskies are so loud and vocal because of their nature which is caused by their breeding.
They were bred as pack animals to pull sleds. They frequently howled to communicate with each other and their owners.
Therefore, they’re considered one of the loudest dog breeds.
Huskies make a variety of sounds along with howling, all used to either communicate with their owners or get attention.
The best way to keep your husky from being so noisy is to ensure they get enough exercise and attention daily.
Ok, that’s the end of this post; looking at the question – why are huskies so vocal?
I really enjoyed writing this one as I am currently fostering a husky cross, who is a very good girl and, luckily, not too vocal!
If you have any more questions, please feel free to comment below.
Tim is a proud, vetted, and experienced dog foster carer for a charity helping dog owners escape domestic abuse.
He has years of experience training and caring for dogs, both his own and other people’s.
He is an expert in canine behavior and is highly skilled in dealing with all dogs but specializes in the difficult ones that other people may struggle with.
When he isn’t fostering dogs, he is making friends with other people’s pups!