“What the hell is that? Is that a dog?! What noise do dogs make here?!?!?” I asked incredulously. Turns out it was. Apparently the dogs in this country make different noises than the traditional “bark bark” I grew up hearing. The more countries I traveled, the more I realized that dogs around the world make different noises in different countries.
It all started back while I was learning Bahasa Indonesia in Indonesia (no surprise there).
We were practicing new phrases when my friend and teacher Chika drew a picture of a little dog with a talk bubble that read “guk guk” 🤨 Confused why the dog was guking instead of barking, I had to learn more. What follows might just be one of the strangest things I have learned in all my travels.
She explained to me that in Indonesia dogs don’t go “bark bark” or “woof woof,” they say “guk guk.” So this got me thinking: What other crazy noises do dogs around the world make?
Between my subsequent travels and through conversations with other travelers, I have composed a list of the sound dogs make, broken down alphabetically by country.
What noise do dogs make around the world?
What sound do the dogs make in your country? Share your bark at the end of this post 🙂
|Lithuania||“au au” (oww oww)|
|Philippines||“ja ja” / “to to” (two-two)|
|Poland||“chał chał” (how how)|
|Russia||“gav gav” / “vav vav” (whav whav)|
|United States||“bark bark” / “woof woof”|
|Vietnam||“don’t eat me!”|
Okay, that last one might not be entirely true. I’m sure a smart person like you already realized that. But what you probably don’t realize is that dog might just be more delicious than beef.
This is just one example of some of the useless but interesting things you learn when you wander the globe at a much slower pace. Welcome to my life 😉 All nomads should try slow travel for at least one chapter of their journey.