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August 24, 2015

Which Dog Breeds Bark the Most? Which are Quiet?

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Barking is a big deal. When choosing a dog, it's helpful to know how much they are naturally prone to bark. Dogs that are not predisposed to barking may be good choices for apartment living, but a quiet dog isn't a great choice for isolated dwellings if you want to be alerted to unusual things happening in the area. 

You may think your barking dog is just being "talkative," but your neighbor may find it more than a little annoying. There are some extreme cases of dog owners being sued for not controlling their barking dogs.

And yet, many people have a dog as a security measure to be alerted that strangers or dangers are nearby. Watchdogs have helped humans for thousands of years. 

Regardless of your needs, it's important to be informed of any dog's predisposed behaviors. Most dogs can be trained to modify their natural tendencies, but it will take significant effort and vigilance on the part of the owner. 

Dogs breeds that bark a lot (when they aren't supposed to)


The dog breed that is most often cited as being the most vocal is the Beagle. I know this from experience since we raised them when I was growing up.

Our show beagle, a national bench champion, was rather well behaved, but Beagles that are more of the field type can be guaranteed to be noisy. 

Beagles were bred to bray, howl, and alert hunters about foxes or other animals being pursued. In modern times, this means that your adorable little hound will alert you about anything that moves or comes by the door.

Beagles may not actually bark that much, but they are noisy. Thankfully, we had nice neighbors because it was a losing battle to try and get them to be quiet.

Fox Terriers

Like the Beagle that was bred to hunt foxes, the Fox Terrier has a strong prey drive with the addition of the tenacity (i.e., stubbornness) of terriers. 

The scrappy Fox Terrier will constantly be on patrol with their excellent vision and hearing. They will bark at squirrels, postmen, other dogs and their walkers, and nothing at all. After all, there might be something out there in the future! 

Should you decide you'd like a Fox Terrier, you'd better be equally active, clever and stubborn. Strong and consistent leadership is a must and this applies to barking limits.

Yorkshire Terriers

As adorable as these little pups can be, the Yorkshire Terrier is still a terrier even if they are categorized in the Toy Breeds. This means they can be stubborn and yappy, and the barking must be curbed from day one. 

Depending on if your dog was bred to be a tiny lap dog or comes from a larger, sturdier line may determine your Yorkie's barking tendency. Either way, don't neglect their training in regards to barking just because they're small.

The shrill barking of a Yorkshire Terrier can make your dog unpopular with neighbors and possibly get them attacked by larger dogs.

Miniature Schnauzer

As you know, is named after a miniature Schnauzer named Baxter. Surprisingly, our Baxter is not a big barker.

I don't know if it's because he's not the typical silver type (he's black and silky) or if it's just good breeding. (I'm sure that's what he'd say.)

Of course, with Baxter getting up there in years, he's not seeing or hearing very much these days. Other than that, he's in very good health for a 14-year-old dog. 

The silver Miniature Schnauzer dogs I've known have all be quite yappy. Their barking is incessant, shrill and more than a little annoying.

There was a pair of Schnauzers in an apartment complex I would visit and they'd terrorize everyone they saw. They barked at anything and anyone that had the audacity to pass by their third-floor balcony. 

Because of the owner's lack of leadership, I'm quite sure the man was regularly turned into the managers for their terrible manners. That's putting it mildly. They were terrors. 

If  you get a Schnauzer, please train them early and often that they need to be good citizens by curbing the barking.

Cairn Terrier

The dog most famously cast as Toto in the Wizard of Oz did a great job of alerting Dorothy that the wicked witch was around. In real life, Cairn Terriers will alert their owners to everyone and anything they deem suspicious. 

Several of my family members have Cairn Terriers and their personalities vary greatly. Regardless of their natural disposition, strong leadership is required to limit their barking when it is inappropriate. 

West Highland White Terrier

I love the plucky personality, looks and intelligence of the Westie, but I'm not sure I'd be up to the task of curbing the barking tendency of this terrier. The good thing about this dog is that he tends to settle down once the stranger comes inside and will be received with a wagging tail. 

Squirrels, birds and other small creatures that dare come near the yard will be greeted with a lasting alarm, as will humans and other dogs.

West Highland White Terriers will need a consistent trainer that knows how to limit their barking or the neighbors will be quite annoyed. 

Other barking offenders

  • Pekingese
  • Chihuahuas
  • Poodles
  • Doberman Pinschers
  • Lhasa Apsos
  • Maltese
  • Pomeranian

Dogs that seldom bark

If you're looking for a watchdog, you may want to look elsewhere as these breeds tend to keep quiet or are too friendly to care. 

  • Whippet
  • Italian Greyhound
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Golden Retriever
  • Borzoi
  • Saluki

Some of these dogs may not bark because they have different vocalizations such as howling, "yodeling" and other unusual sounds not common to most dog breeds:

  • Basenji
  • Shiba Inu

These large dogs don't have to do much barking possibly because their imposing figures do most of the talking for them:

  • Mastiff
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Saint Bernard
  • Great Dane
  • Newfoundland
  • Bull Mastiff

These dogs actually do make good watchdogs but aren't likely to bark if there isn't a reason:

  • Chinese Sharpei
  • Collie 

There are some dog breeds that may have a tendency to bark more than others, but it really has more to do with the human training the dog. Keep in mind that a well-exercised dog that's content and secure will definitely bark less.

Still, it's great to research the behaviors of various dog breeds before bringing one home. This definitely includes barking.

Do you agree with this list? What's your experience?

Linda on August 24 at 2:16 PM said:

I adopted a formerly neglected & abused Chaweenie when she was 10 months old. Even though she was timid in many ways, she was very yappy. As I didn't want my new puppy disturbing my neighbors in my apt complex I started training her not to bark indoors. She would do almost anything to please me she was so happy to have her new loving home so she responded well to the training. All I do when she starts to bark is say (in a normal volume, but firm voice) "No bark!" I look her in her eyes and never do I feel the need to be punitive or harsh. I have experienced you can easily train a dog with rewards & love. If your dog is stubborn, use a clicker. I never even tell my dog she's bad. I tell her she did a bad thing but never is she told she is bad. Creating a relationship with your dog where he or she wishes to please you is best. This can be accomplished with patience & love.
Marilyn Morahan on August 24 at 3:55 PM said:

Just as there is no bad child (only one that is behaving badly), there is no bad dog. Love, structure, and positive reforcement will work wonders.
Katarina on August 25 at 2:07 PM said:

I too believe in positive kind training. I say "Thank you" in a calm polite, but not excited, voice. I say that because I think one or two barks is him telling me, "Mom look ... is that supposed to be happening"? Then I say thank you for him telling me to look at something and he is rewarded with a nice voice for doing a job of looking out for us but not encouraged to keep barking since he received a pleasant appreciative response from me. If he continues to bark I say in a calm voice "all done" or "it's OK" to relieve his anxiety about what ever it is out there, i.e. a skate boarder, etc... Now with a dog that loves to bark, as my large Aussie can be, I purchased a fabulous product. I say the same words as before, but if he is over the top with excitement, and that is too much for him then I hold up a product made by Sentry called "Stop It." It is completely kind to the dog. It is a spray that contains mommy dog pheromones and lavender, it makes a very quiet woosh sound when it comes out for a second, and my large out of control Aussie calms right down immediately! I take it on walks, I have it on all floors of my house and even by the back door. Sentry has the same scent in other great products that help rescues and puppies fall right to sleep and be calmer. I don't want anyone to be afraid of my large excitable dog and I don't want to yell at him either, which is counter productive. Speaking calmly is #1 and #2 I like the Sentry scented product mommy dog pheromones and lavender and others they make with the same ingredients: another calm spray without a woosh sound, a plug in, etc... Make sure to be calm when using it and never to aim it toward the dog's face.
Wayne on February 6 at 4:22 PM said:

My golden retriever barks at anything that passes the house except cars. But if he knows who is in the car he barks as soon as he hears it. He also barks at everyone he sees until they pet or play with him and I’m sure he barks because he thinks we know what he is saying
EmzyT0 on November 21 at 5:56 AM said:

Tibetan Terrier should be top of noisiest list!! I’ve had mine for just over a year and he screamed the whole way home from breeder, when I went too toilet after introducing to other dogs, playing, let him out and settling him, he screamed the second I walked away from pen and I spent 45mins waiting for him to stop for breath and still had too give up before him, but he carried on even when I sat down less than 2ft away from his pen! He’s made a tiny bit of progress in the last year, but still barks and whines when I leave the room, deal with other dogs, unload wheelchair from van even though his crate is right next too lift and can see me, and even barks at me if I move slightly in recliner!! I’ve tried EVERYTHING bar putting a sock in his gob and tapping his mouth shut (He’d still find a way to make noise lol), but nothing works! My poodle and old lurcher bitch cried as puppies and had no problem teaching them silence is rewarded and after causing very mild separation anxiety in my poodle from not going anywhere without him for first year I was all prepared too make sure I leave this lad in other room when I go too bathroom, kitchen or outside for short periods and build up too leaving house for longer, but have become more restricted because I’m worried neighbors patience will run out if I leave him to scream while I go to doctors, hospital appointments, dentist etc! What I need is a nice empty house with no neighbors for miles around so I can just sit in another room for however long it takes and just wait however long it takes for him too stop, because it clearly isn’t separation anxiety as he kicks off when I’m hardly a few feet away and still in same room and when he’s in crate right next too me while driving! He is either demanding I spend 24hours a day doting on him, or he loves sound of own voice because even with high value treats and toys he won’t shut up lol!
EmzyT0 on November 21 at 6:02 AM said:

He’s also much noise than my mums mini schnauzer, my grans Pekingese and my poodle! My poodle only really barks if he is spooked or really hyper, while my mums boy only barks for postman and grans peke again postman, and if his dinner is late.....all 3 are essentially mute compared to my TT and sounds like they are well known as a very noisy and determined breed lol
Kristi on January 9 at 2:49 PM said:

My Great Dane barks NON STOP. This list doesn’t mean anything.
Peke owner on January 29 at 7:49 PM said:

Meh. I have a Pekingese. She’s very quiet and only barks when there’s a reason to. Perfect dog for apartment life.
nancy on June 8 at 3:27 PM said:

Some of you that think you can always train a dog with rewards and love don't have my puppy Peanut Butter. She is insane! I have tried over and over calmly and firmly saying "No Bark" it doesn't slow her down one bit. I have tried "good quiet" with treats, no help. When she feels like barking she goes at it full steam and doesn't slow down until she feels like it. She is suppose to be a short hair Havanese but I' thinking she's really Jack Russell - lol. She barks at my miniature dachhund and sits on her, tries to herd everyone with her butt, barks at the air on walks, barks at everyone and doesn't stop when they walk by the house, barks constantly at the other dog, barks when she wants attention (which is constant), she has the most piercing dog bark you've ever heard. HELP!
Diane on August 26 at 3:44 PM said:

Did you try the BarxBuddy?

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