Husky dogs have an unusual trait. They can many times mimic sounds with their howls and every once in a while it sounds like singing!
Meet Mishka. She has been a Youtube sensation for some time now and this is one of my favorites as she sings along with the iPad. The author says it’s better than Justin Bieber but we will let you make your decision on that one.
Mishka is know around the world as the “Talking Husky” and if you do more searches you can see many more videos of her and I swear it sounds like someone talking. I would say she may be the most famous Husky of them all.
So what is it about the Husky that allows them to mimic human song or speech? Is it just the Husky or all dogs? That’s been a debate for some time but the evidence is pretty solid.
Dog’s can’t talk or sing. Shocker right?
What’s happening between dog and owner-turned-voice-coach is fairly straightforward. The owner hears the dog making a sound that resembles a phrase, says the phrase back to the dog, who then repeats the sound and is rewarded with a treat. Over time he dog learns a modified version of her original sound. Dogs have limited vocal imitation skills, so these sounds usually need to be shaped by selective attention and social reward.
So there you have it! I still think this video is cute? What do you think?