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Q: if the ancestor of the dog is th wolf then why do dogs bark more than they like to howl?

July 17, 2009 | By 323spunky | 4 answers | Expired: 1907 days ago

323spunky

why do dogs bark more than they howl if their ancestors are the wolfs?

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Kelly
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Jul 31, 2009

Purebred wolves howl to communicate with each other & let each member of the pack know their location. The wolf genetics in dogs have diluted down through centuries of breeding with various dog breeds, some that are extinct now. Dogs still howl, some more than others. Some dogs don't howl at all. Some dogs are known to howl when left alone. This is thought to be a throwback to their wolf ancestry where they are trying to reestablish a connection with their pack, ie: their owners.

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jackie
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Jul 18, 2009

I have 7 dogs and 2 of them shihtsu-poodle mixes howl more than they bark so I dont know I have some dogs that hardly bark at all

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Kavykeeper
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Jul 18, 2009

I'm sure as dogs were bred to bring out certain characteristics, the inclination to howl or bark, along with changes in the vocal chords, became more breed specific.

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