Dogs Sound Like Their Owners
Wow! I wonder if Midwestern American dogs, like Midwestern people, have the kind of bark that could broadcast news? This article is from CBBC Newsround.
Dogs pick up owners’ accents
We’ve been told dogs sometimes look like their owners but now scientists reckon many sound like them too! According to a new study dogs develop a bark or “voice” similar to the sound of their owner’s regional accent.
For example dogs in Liverpool communicate in a higher pitch than other dogs and Scottish dogs tend to have a lighter tone to their bark.
And the closer the emotional bond between a dog and its owner the more likely it is they will sound similar!
In order to complete the study owners were told to record messages on an answer phone then get their dogs to do the same thing.
Experts then compared the pitch, tone, volume and length of the sounds.