A Dachshund has gone viral on TikTok due to her ‘sing along’ ability to one of Whitney Houston’s famous songs. Although most people could not resist singing along to any of the popular singer’s songs, whether they are talented or otherwise, so do dogs, who people call ‘music-loving canines’.
In a TikTok video that has since gone viral with over 2 million views, Koji, a black and tan dachshund, can be seen sitting on the front passenger seat of a car and “howling” along to Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”.
While members of the Nordic Spitz group (Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Malamute, and Samoyeds) are the more known breed to howl along to sounds, all dog breeds may communicate through howling since the trait has been passed down from their ancient wolf ancestors.
“Dogs are naturally pack animals, and howling is a way of communicating and expressing emotions with other wolves,” Dr. Holmber, a veterinarian, told Newsweek. “So it seems natural that when dogs hear certain music, they might see it as a form of trying to communicate and want to join in on it! Kind of not sure how that makes your dog feel particularly happy or sad, but the behavior might make your dog feel more comfortable and connected.”
“It’s unclear why dogs seem to prefer certain songs over others,” Dr. Holmber continued. “Some songs may contain sounds that emphasize a dog’s natural desire to communicate. Some suggest that dogs prefer songs with rhythms that resemble a heartbeat or mimic the rhythm of natural movement. It is also possible that dogs are individuals. So different dogs may prefer different song styles!”
TikTok users are amazed by Koji’s musical talent and song choice. The video has garnered more than 190,000 likes and 3,000 comments.
“She’s the backing vocalist Whitney Houston needed. I’m glad we’re here to make Koji shine,” said one user in the comments.
“Everyone calls her backing vocalist. This diva needs to take center stage! When is the album coming out!?” another user said while laughing.
“I swear she knows the words. Her howls are so in sync,” another user wrote in the comments.
Screenshot images credits: © Koji @kojithed.o.g/TikTok