Dingoes have three different types of howls with ten variations. These howls can be long and persistent, rising and ebbing or short. According to research, a dingo howl will change according to the season and the time of day. A dingo howl is also influenced by breeding, migration, lactation, social stability, and dispersal behavior. Dingoes will also howl if there is a food shortage and they are hungry. Howling seems to be a group activity and they will also greet-howl. Dingoes will howl less often than grey wolves. They will call to each other in the wild so as to relocate back to dingo packs. They most enjoy howling together as a chorus and these howls get louder with the increase in pack members. Dingoes do bark and their bark is short and monosyllabic. Barking is used just as a warning. Often this becomes a bark –howl, and this is used to warn puppies or other members in their pack. They often wail-howl and this occurs when entering a watering den, to warn off other dingoes.

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Wolves will howl to get the pack together-normally before or after hunting. They will howl to warn other wolves in their pack or at a den site and also to locate each other during a storm or when traveling through new territory. Wolf howls can be heard over areas of up to 50 sq.miles and are similar to howl of large dogs like German Shepherds and Huskies. Interestingly enough howls used for calling pack mates to a kill are long and smooth and often compared to the sounds of a horned owl. When wolves close in on their prey, they will give a short bark and howl. A wolf’s howl differs from that of a dingo, in that wolves will harmonize their howls and dingoes will howl together as a chorus. Wolves often give the impression that there are more wolves than there actually are by howling together and harmonizing on the same note. Single wolves most often avoid howling in territories where there are other packs present. Wolves also growl and bark.

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Dogs howl to provide long-range communication with pet parents and other dogs. Howling is also used to locate other pack members and to keep strangers away. Dogs will often howl to call the pack when out hunting or sometimes if they have separation anxiety. Dogs will also whine, growl and whimper to communicate.


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  1. November 7, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing! That was an interesting one. I know they have all different types of howls but cool to see them explained so clearly. Funny thing is my dog can’t howl, so when she is with her husky buddy who does howl she’ll bark in return. Obviously she gets what the purpose is so it maybe it’s generally understood among domesticated dogs as well.

  2. November 8, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    The Border Terrier morning “singing” is something else. Sometimes my terriers howl when I hop in the shower and they forget their not alone (separation anxiety?). Sometimes they know the rest of their pack is around yet they throw their heads back and start the chorus. It usually starts with a sad, plaintive sounding howl from my boy terrier who will be joined by my empathic girl terrier. They come together in song even if I’m standing right beside them.

  3. November 9, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Reblogged this on Terrier Logic and commented:
    My Border Terriers howl. Bossy never howled until Bark came along. But a true emphath she is, she’ll join in. And almost every morning after the sun rises, they’ll face each other and start. Bark starts it and Bossy joins in. The morning chorus I’m trying to put “on command”. We should all enjoy singing together like this.

  4. December 28, 2012 at 8:31 am

    This was very interesting! I’ve only heard my girl Hannah howl once and it was when an ambulance drove by, with the siren on and it was really close to us. Hannah threw her little head back and let out this most amazing howl. It was so cute!

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