Barking is a normal reaction for all dogs, right? Not exactly! There are a handful of dog breeds that rarely, if ever, bark. Then again, there are some dogs that are renowned for being “vocal”—dogs that bark a lot! It’s important when choosing the perfect dog breed for yourself that you know just how predisposed your future pup may be to barking.
Dogs bark for a variety of reasons. Some dogs bark to alert their owners to something amiss on the property, while other dogs bark in response to interaction with their “people.” They may bark at play (nothing is cuter than a puppy playing vigorously and barking in a playful manner). A barking dog could also mean it is trying to get their owner’s attention; some dogs bark because they are happy.
However, when one must consider their neighbors’ attitude toward annoying, perpetual barking, potential pet parents must seek out a breed that isn’t known for incessant barking. If one lives in close proximity to neighbors, such as an apartment situation, it’s a good idea to choose a breed that isn’t prone to lots of “communication.”
So, which dog breeds tend to bark excessively, particularly when it isn’t necessary?
Beagles are a breed of hound dogs. They are working dogs at heart. They love to give chase to a potential “prey,” and they are very vocal while they’re at it.
Experts have cited the Beagle as being one of the most vocal. This isn’t really the Beagle’s fault, however. The Beagle was actually bred to be a breed that would howl and bray during a hunt so that their human handlers could locate the dogs and the potential prey.
Beagles have historically been utilized to hunt a variety of animals, from foxes to rabbits to raccoons to deer. They would give chase and flush these animals into the open where hunters could find them. So, it should be no surprise that Beagles—now chiefly utilized as pets—will alert their owners to anyone or anything out of place in your home. A delivery person at the door? The Beagle is quick to let owners know! Have guests over? As soon as there is a knock at the door, you can rest assured Fido will alert you.
Training a Beagle to refrain from barking is a monumental task that is often unachievable. This is due to the years and years of breeding the Beagle to be “noisy.” Therefore, even though the this is an adorable dog that is loyal and very sweet (as well as smart), if you’re looking for a dog that is quiet, you might bypass the Beagle.
Another breed that possesses a strong prey drive is the Fox Terrier. Like the Beagle, the Fox Terrier was bred to assist hunters in flushing out and tracking down foxes. The Fox Terrier has an incredible prey drive, plus, the Fox Terrier is quite stubborn, thanks to the dog’s terrier attitude.
The Fox Terrier is a dog that is very brave; they may be small to medium-sized dogs, but these dogs bark excessively at most anything! From the postal delivery person to squirrels to a leaf blowing across the lawn – the Fox Terrier is always alert and always barking!
Unlike the Beagle, persistent pet parents CAN minimize the Fox Terrier’s propensity for barking. However, one must commit to consistent positive reinforcement dog training. Providing the Fox Terrier with a great deal of exercise can also contribute to lessening the barking in your Fox Terrier. Plus, keep in mind the Fox Terrier is one of the more intelligent dog breeds—pet parents will need to stay one step ahead of this breed. Keep the Fox Terrier active and provide consistent training in order to squelch annoying barking.
Yorkshire Terriers are adorable, long-haired small dogs that are absolutely darling. They are very tiny, with adults typically weighing no more than four pounds in adulthood. The Yorkie is considered a “toy” breed; however, make no bones about it—the Yorkshire Terrier is, well, still a terrier !
As previously mentioned with the Fox Terrier, any terrier breed has a strong prey drive and a stubborn streak. However, Yorkie tends to crave a close relationship with their pet parents, so they are a tad easier to train. Therefore, you can work to lessen the Yorkie’s propensity to bark a lot.
Some describe the Yorkie as “yappy,” and this is a part of the Yorkie’s terrier personality. It is best to begin working on any incessant barking from “day one.” It is important to remember that the size of your Yorkie and her particular breeding could also be indicative of whether or not your particular dog will be much of a barker. Small Yorkies may bark a good bit, but larger, sturdier Yorkies definitely have a tendency to bark a lot.
Like other terriers, the Yorkie will alert you to visitors as well as the postman walking through the neighborhood. It’s a good idea to begin training Fido to refrain from barking early on while socializing him to everyday living.
Schnauzers are members of the terrier family, so—you guessed it—they are typically very vocal dogs.
Some pet parents of the “silver” Mini Schnauzer report that their pups are “quite yappy.” In fact, their bark is shrill and often quite annoying.
However, some Schnauzers are mild-mannered and rarely bark.
The key to keeping your mini Schnauzer from barking is the same as any other terrier—start training Fido to curb the tendency to bark from an early age so that they never have the chance to form the bad habit of incessant barking.
Keep the mini Schnauzer active. Provide at least 30 minutes to an hour each day of proper exercise—taking a brisk walk or jog, providing “mental” activity toys for times that you can’t interact with your mini Schnauzer, or visiting the dog park are all great ways to keep your mini Schnauzer active and happy. Remember, a tired dog is actually a very happy dog!
Perhaps one of the most iconic Cairn Terriers is Toto, Dorothy’s faithful pup on The Wizard of Oz. Toto did exemplify the breed in barking at various oddities throughout the film. Of course, Toto was a Terrier, and, like most terriers, he certainly possessed “vocal” qualities.
Like other terriers, a Cairn Terrier needs consistent training and a pet parent who acts as the head of the pack. This will help keep the Cairn Terrier from misbehaving or developing negative habits.
In reality, the personality of a Cairn Terrier actually varies a good bit. Some Cairns are well-behaved and relatively quiet. Others can be stubborn, true to their terrier nature.
Keep the Cairn Terrier busy, and barking will be at a minimum.
West Highland White Terrier
The West Highland White Terrier, or “Westie,” is an adorable terrier breed that shares the same personality quirks as other terriers. The Westie is also highly intelligent, and, when bored—they may become “yappy.”
The Westie can be stubborn, and the breed requires a great deal of dedication from a pet parent to curb the dog’s tendency to bark.
Although the Westie will alert pet parents to the presence of a stranger, within minutes, the Westie is typically wagging its tail and itching to interact with the person. You can bet the Westie will let pet parents know there is a squirrel in the yard or even a bird hopping about. Again, a pet parent who is committed to consistent training as well as taking the “alpha dog” role will help to keep the Westie from developing lots of bad habits.
Other Dogs that Tend to Bark A lot
1. The Pekingese
This small dog may bark at play or when a stranger shows up at your door. However, the barking of a Pekingese can be curbed rather easily when compared to other dog breeds.
2. The Chihuahua
Of course, the Chihuahua has a bad reputation for barking a great deal. The Chihuahua is NOT a terrier, but, they need an experienced dog parent who can prevent the Chihuahua from “taking over” and/or developing some bad habits, such as incessant barking.
The Chihuahua has a yappy bark, but it can be surprisingly loud. Although the Chihuahua is a great dog for apartment dwellers because of its size, a Chihuahua that seems to bark and vocalize constantly could have the apartment complex manager knocking at your door with complaints from neighbors.
The Chihuahua needs an “alpha.” The breed needs an experienced owner who will provide consistent training and discipline. Furthermore, keep the Chihuahua busy. This breed needs little exercise—less than 30 minutes per day—but make sure he receives that activity in order to have a well-behaved pup.
3. The Poodle
The Standard Poodle is not a very vocal dog, but, the miniature and toy Poodle can be. These are very intelligent dogs—highly intelligent, in fact. So, the Poodle MUST be provided a lot of activity—both physical and mental—in order to have a well-behaved, happy pup.
As with other dogs that tend to be “yappy,” provide the Poodle with lots of activity and exercise so that she doesn’t become bored and bark incessantly as a result.
4. The Doberman Pinscher
This German breed has always been a watchdog or a police dog. The breed has a deep, throaty bark that can be annoying to neighbors as it is quite loud.
There isn’t much in the way pet parents can do in order to avoid barking in the Doberman when strangers come on the property; therefore, this is not a dog that does well in apartment living situations. Some neighbors in subdivisions may not care for the frequent barking of the Doberman, either.
5. The Lhasa Apso
This small dog has a background in hunting small prey. As a result, the Lhasa Apso of today still tends to be “yappy.”
Consistent training can prevent a lot of barking in this breed. Efficient exercise each day can make for the happy, tired dog.
6. The Maltese
The Maltese are a toy dog breed, but one that is prone to yapping. Provide exercise and activity for this intelligent breed, and you’ll be successful in cutting down the noisiness of this breed.
7. The Pomeranian
A great breed for apartment dwellings because of its size, the Pomeranian is known to be vocal. Early and consistent training for the Pom will prevent learning bad habits, such as incessant barking.
1. What does it mean when a dog barks a lot?
Barking a great deal is sometimes a personality trait in a dog breed, such as terriers. However, barking can signal distress, pain, or something amiss on one’s property. If your dog suddenly begins barking a great deal, it pays to investigate a physical reason for the change.
2. What to do with a dog that constantly barks?
Early prevention is best, but some pet parents send their dogs to obedience school to combat unnecessary barking. Although it is extreme, there are pet parents who have to resort to a shock collar or today’s best bark collars to curb excessive barking.
3. What breed of dog barks the loudest?
The Golden Retriever is on record as the loudest dog. The Golden’s bark is 113 decibels, according to Guinness World Records.