Do dogs have different languages?

Asked By: Trevor Hintz
Date created: Tue, May 11, 2021 11:25 AM
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According to Psychology Today, virtually all dogs can understand the barks of other dogs regardless of where they come from.

However, the way people hear a dog's bark wildly differs depending on the language they speak and the culture they've grown up in.

Answered By: Heath Hand
Date created: Wed, May 12, 2021 1:28 PM
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Dogs do not understand English or any other human-created language.

They do understand words (or rather, sounds) in any language.

After hearing "sit" many times, the dog associates it with a particular behavior and with some consequences; and will end up sitting more often than not when it hears that sound.

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According to Psychology Today, virtually all dogs can understand the barks of other dogs regardless of where they come from.

However, the way people hear a dog's bark wildly differs depending on the language they speak and the culture they've grown up in.

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Dogs do not understand English or any other human-created language.

They do understand words (or rather, sounds) in any language.

After hearing "sit" many times, the dog associates it with a particular behavior and with some consequences; and will end up sitting more often than not when it hears that sound.

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According to Psychology Today, virtually all dogs can understand the barks of other dogs regardless of where they come from.

However, the way people hear a dog's bark wildly differs depending on the language they speak and the culture they've grown up in.

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Source: Almost all dogs bark.

The answer is that there is no universally accepted sound that humans use to represent dog barks.

Even in a single language there may be a number of different words used for a dog's bark, for example, in English we recognize "woof-woof," "arf-arf", "ruff-ruff" and "bow-wow."

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How To "Woof" In 16 Different Languages

  • English: woof, woof; ruff, ruff; arf, arf; bow wow; yap, yap; yip, yip (small dogs)
  • German: wuff, wuff; wau, wau.
  • Turkish: hev hev; hav, hav.
  • Spanish: guau-guau; gua, gua; jau, jau.
  • Afrikaans: blaf, blaf; woef, woef; keff, keff (small dogs)
  • Russian: gav, gav (гав-гав) ; tyav, tyav (тяв-тяв, small dogs)
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Woof Woof: Dog Barks in Different Languages

  • English – woof, woof; ruff, ruff; arf, arf (large dogs and also the sound of sea lions) ; yap, yap; yip, yip (small dogs), bow wow.
  • Afrikaans – blaf, blaf; woef, woef; keff, keff (small dogs)
  • Albanian – ham, ham.
  • Arabic – hau, hau; how how (هو,هو)
  • Armenian -haf, haf.
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