Howling is a primitive trait in dogs
But why do they do it?
A bark is a juvenile noise, sounding somewhere between a snarl and a yelp. Siberians, true to their heritage bark less than many other breeds and in the main a lot of husky barking is an invitation to play.
What is a Howl?
Howling is a primitive trait in dogs, meaning older breeds (like Huskies) are much more likely to howl. No one knows the huskies reason but we do know that they sometimes howl when they are bored; they equally likely to howl amidst the company of other Siberians.
The howl is a low-pitched sound with long duration, two qualities needed to carry it for miles. Each howl is individual, wolves are known to recognise pack mates by the unique sound of each members howl. The dog with the deepest howl or bark is usually the alpha dog.
How many are there?
If you own more than one Siberian you may find they start a pack howl. You may have noticed that because they howl at different pitches and use different modulating tones, which echo and bounce off walls, a pair of Siberians can easily sound like dozens. This trick is used by wolves to often fool their opponents into believing that the pack is larger than it really is.
The "other noises"
No one is going to pretend that they understand what their Siberian Husky is trying to communicate when they make the other strange noises they sometimes make. These noises often are a mix between a bark, a howl and a growl. These are usually the noises made when they are quite clearly trying to let you know something but most often we all just have to make up the meaning, as in the end we'll probably never know. (If however anyone out there has become Dr. Doolittle please let us know).