There are officially 195 countries in the world, which means there are at least 195 different accents. And within each country, there are different regions, all contributing something a little bit different to each accent. Taking into account each region’s various cities, towns, villages, and hamlets, there must be thousands of different accents we can come into contact with at any given time.
So, true or false, all of these accents are also reflected in our pups?
Take some time to think about it…
A recently released study conducted by the Canine Behavior Center in Cumbria, England, says that this is TRUE! Dogs do indeed have regional accents like their owners.
The study was performed by having dog owners record messages of their own voices, as well as their furry friends barking and growling. The recordings were then examined by a panel of experts to see what they could find.
The experts concluded that while pooches don’t necessarily develop their own regional dialect, they DO mimic the accent of their owner. Dogs living in a home with an owner who has a strong accent are most likely to imitate that tone, and some pampered pups can even develop a “posh” sound to their barks.
Unlike their hooman companions, dogs are such skilled linguists that they don’t need to take years of foreign language to understand their international canine companions. No matter where they hail from, dogs actually speak an international language that is universally recognized from the highlands of Scotland to the deserts of Egypt. I bet you didn’t know your pup was so worldly!