Why Do Huskys Have Blue Eyes?
- Pieter Maas
According to Irizarry, the mutation of the ALX4 gene in Siberian huskies seems to result in decreased pigment production in the eye. The lack of pigment causes the eye to appear blue. ‘There’s no blue pigment.
Are all Huskies so vocal?
The Bottom Line – Huskies are a very vocal breed. This is probably based on their origin as sled dogs who lived together in large groups and needed plenty of communication. Even nowadays, sled dog teams are loud – especially when excited before a run! Your Husky is likely to bark, whine, howl, groan and talk to you – this is all completely normal.
Do Huskies understand human language?
Do huskies understand human speech? – Many of us have seen videos of huskies appearing to talk like humans, but as remarkable as that would be, unfortunately, they do not understand, nor speak, human language. When it sounds like they are imitating us, it’s precisely that – imitation. By listening to the tone and speech patterns, they learn to “talk” like humans.
Can Huskies understand human speech?
Just like you, your dog knows when someone is speaking your native tongue or a foreign language, Hungarian researchers reported. Brain scans from 18 dogs showed that some areas of the pups’ brains lit up differently depending on whether the dog was hearing words from a familiar language or a different one, according to a report published in NeuroImage.
“Dogs are really good in the human environment,” said study author Laura Cuaya, a postdoctoral researcher at the Neuroethology of Communication Lab at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary. “We found that they know more than I expected about human language,” Cuaya said. “Certainly, this ability to be constant social learners gives them an advantage as a species — it gives them a better understanding of their environment.” Dogs appear to recognize their owners’ native language based on how it sounds overall, since the experiments did not use words the dogs would have been familiar with, Cuaya said in an email.
“We found that dogs’ brains can detect speech and distinguish languages without any explicit training,” she added. “I think this reflects how much dogs are tuned to humans.” Cuaya was inspired to do the research when she and her dog Kun-kun moved from Mexico to Hungary.
- Cuaya had previously only spoken to Kun-kun in Spanish and wondered if he “noticed that people in Budapest talk a different language,” she said.
- Then, happily, this question fitted with the Neuroethology of Communication Lab goals.” Our results show that dogs learn from their social environments, even when we don’t teach them directly.
Laura Cuaya, Eötvös Loránd University To take a closer look at whether dogs have the same kind of innate ability to differentiate between languages that human infants do, the researchers turned to a group of pet dogs ranging in age from 3 to 11 — five golden retrievers, six border collies, two Australian shepherds, one labradoodle, one cocker spaniel and three of mixed breed — who had previously been trained to remain still in an MRI scanner.
- The native language of 16 of the dogs was Hungarian and Spanish for the other two.
- In their experiments, Cuaya and her colleagues had a native Hungarian speaker and a native Spanish speaker read sentences from Chapter 21 of “The Little Prince” while the dogs were in the scanner.
- The text and the readers were unknown to all the dogs.
When Cuaya and her colleagues compared the fMRI scans from the readings in the two languages, the researchers found different activity patterns in two areas of the brain that have been associated in both humans and dogs with deciphering the meaning of speech and whether its emotional content is positive or negative: the secondary auditory cortex and the precruciate gyrus. The dogs’ brain scans were compared during readings in two languages, Hungarian and Spanish. Enikő Kubinyi Cuaya suspects the older dogs had a different result because they had more years listening to the native language of their owners. She wasn’t sure why dogs with longer snouts did better at distinguishing the languages.
What should owners take from this study? “As many owners already know, dogs are social beings interested in what is happening in their social world,” Cuaya said. “Our results show that dogs learn from their social environments, even when we don’t teach them directly. So, just continue involving your dogs in your family, and give them opportunities to continue learning.” The findings were a surprise to Dr.
Katherine Houpt, the James Law Professor Emeritus in the section of behavior medicine at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. “I didn’t know that they would respond differently to different languages, particularly because I thought voice intonation would mean more than the words,” Houpt said. “This shows they know when you are not speaking the language they learned. Knowing the difference between languages might be important to dogs as part of their guard dog duties.
the dog is more likely to be suspicious of people speaking a different language.” “To me the most interesting thing is that older dogs and long-nosed dogs understand better,” Houpt said. It’s possible, she added, that the explanation for longer-snouted dogs might be that head shape is common among sheep dogs, who have to be able to understand what a shepherd is saying to the dog.
Linda Carroll Linda Carroll is a regular health contributor to NBC News and Reuters Health. She is coauthor of “The Concussion Crisis: Anatomy of a Silent Epidemic” and “Out of the Clouds: The Unlikely Horseman and the Unwanted Colt Who Conquered the Sport of Kings.”
Which dog breed has the most wolf DNA?
Shih Tzu Breed Highlights –
- Time for a language lesson. Shih Tzu means “Little Lion” in Chinese! Since it was believed that Buddha rode down to earth on the back of a lion, the Shih Tzu was loved and respected by Chinese royalty.
- Shih Tzus share more DNA with wolves than most other breeds. The only breed group with more shared wolf DNA is the Nordic spitz group (Huskies, Samoyeds, and Malamutes).
- The breed almost went extinct in the early 1900s after the death of Empress Tzu Hsi. Thankfully a dedicated group of breed enthusiasts brought the Shih Tzu back from the brink! All Shih Tzus around today are descendants of a group of 13 Shih Tzus and 1 Pekingese!
- After the Chinese Revolution in 1949, the Shih Tzu went extinct in China, with the only living Shih Tzus thought to be in Europe and America.
How much do blue eyed Huskies cost?
Anything else to consider? – White Siberian Huskies with blue eyes are rare dogs so you’ll want to ensure that you get proper documentation from your breeder to confirm their pedigree status. Be aware of potential scams online. If you’re eager to adopt a Siberian Husky, you should consider contacting your local Siberian Husky rescue.