Dogs have accents

Posted on February 14, 2006 

Dogs have accents

A new study concludes that dogs have regional accents – just like their owners.

Scouse and Scottish pets have the most distinctive growl, according to a report in the Mirror.

But there were differences in tone and pitch across the country.

Dog owners were asked to phone and leave recorded messages of their voice as well as their dogs barking and growling.

The sounds were then compared by a panel of experts including Emma Milne from TV’s Vets in Practice.

Tracey Gudgeon, of the Canine Behaviour Centre in Cumbria, said: “It seems dogs are more able to imitate stronger, more distinctive accents than softer ones.

“It’s one of the ways they bond with their owner.”

The study was commissioned by Disney to mark the DVD release of Lady and the Tramp.

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from Ananova

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