We’ve all thought that our pets are cheeky monkeys from time to time – but this dog takes it to another level.
Leo, the six-year-old Pomeranian from Russia, makes a noise like a monkey when he howls.
Owner Maria Kosterina, 29, filmed her canine companion making the bizarre sound on October 13 at their home in Saint Petersburg.
The graphic designer says that she thinks the dog makes the distinctive noise when he is missing human company.
Her video shows Leo sitting on the sofa and throwing his head back to howl, prompting one viewer, Vince Lam, to comment: ‘The wolf is still strong in this one’.
But the sound soon changes from a hound-like howl to a chattering that rises to a high-pitched crescendo.
Leo’s hilarious chimp-like howls were done as he sat on the sofa making eye-contact with Maria
The Pomeranian is a smaller variation of the German Spitz dog breed.
They are typically very vocal and loyal, which makes them popular companion pets across Europe.
The bigger German Spitz is one of Russia’s most popular dog breeds.
Pomeranians are known to be vocal with their emotions often expressed through their barks
There were 70,000 registrations of the fluffy double-coated dogs – including the Pomeranian variation – in 2017 in Russia.
Maria also runs an Instagram account which features Leo in his various adventures.
The account has over 7,000 followers and also shows Leo in assorted outfits.