Dog Breeds That Bark

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Was Your Dog Born to Bark?

Ever notice how your neighbor’s dog is quiet, while yours barks like a fool at the slightest movement or sound in the neighborhood? While your dog’s reaction to his environment drives you crazy, there might be a sound reason for his demeanor such as age, training, history, and other triggers.

Those factors aside, some breeds are more vocal than others. To help you understand why your dog barks at everything, here’s a look at different breeds and their barking tendencies, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC).

Dog Breeds That Bark The Most

If your dog belongs to one of the following breeds, he is considered a frequent barker by the AKC. While his lineage is partly responsible for him barking often, maybe even excessively, other drivers such as these 7 Reasons Dogs Bark could be behind the behavior.

American English Coonhound

Appenzeller sennenhund

Beagle

Black and tan coonhound

Bluetick coonhound

Finnish lapphund

Finnish spitz

Gordon setter

Grand basset griffon Vendéen

Great Pyrenees

Harrier

Icelandic sheepdog

Mudi

Norwegian buhund

Plott hound

Pyrenean shepherd

Redbone coonhound

Russkaya tsvetnaya Bolonka

Schipperke

Shetland sheepdog

Stabyhoun

Tibetan mastiff

Treeing walker coonhound

Baying Dog Breeds

Although most people can recognize the sound of a dog or wolf howling, chances are they wouldn’t know the baying sound. Both are similar in that they are a dog’s way of communicating. However, howling is a long, mournful sound or cry associated with wild canines such as wolves. Baying, on the other hand, is exclusive to hounds and consists of shorter enthusiastic bursts of sound that increase as the dog closes in on an animal it’s hunting, drawing the attention of hunters and fellow dogs as they are near the hunted creature.

Afghan hound

American English Coonhound

American foxhound

Azawakh

Basenji

Basset hound

Beagle

Black and tan coonhound

Bloodhound

Bluetick coonhound

Borzoi

Cirneco dell’Etna

Dachshund

English foxhound

Grand basset griffon Vendéen

Greyhound

Harrier

Ibizan hound

Irish wolfhound

Norwegian elkhound

Otterhound

Petit basset griffon Vendéen

Pharaoh hound

Plott hound

Portuguese podengo Pequeno

Redbone coonhound

Rhodesian ridgeback

Saluki

Scottish deerhound

Arabian greyhound

Treeing walker coonhound

Whippet

Low-Barking or Quietest Dog Breeds

Just as there are plenty of “frequent barkers,” there are breeds that tend to bark only on occasion and usually for reasons such as warding off intruders or threatening fellow canines. These are AKC’s list of purebreds that tend to bark less than average:

Akita

American bulldogs

Australian cattle dog

Basenji

Bavarian mountain scenthound

Bergamasco sheepdog

Berger picard

Boerboel

Bohemian shepherd

Borzoi

Boston terrier

Bracco Italiano

Briard

Broholmer

Bulldog

Bullmastiff

Catahoula leopard dog

Chow chow

Cirneco dell’Etna

Clumber spaniel

Coton de tulear

Deutscher wachtelhund

Dogo Argentino

Dutch shepherd

English toy spaniel

Eurasier

French bulldog

German pinscher

Glen of imaal terrier

Golden retriever

Hovawart

Irish water spaniel

Irish wolfhound

Italian greyhound

Jagdterrier

Japanese chin

Jindo

Kai ken

Karelian bear dog

Lagotto romagnolo

Mastiff

Miniature American shepherd

Neapolitan mastiff

Nederlandse kooikerhondje

Newfoundland

Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever

Pekingese

Perro de presa canario

Porcelaine

Pug

Pyrenean mastiff

Rafeiro do alentejo

Rhodesian ridgeback

Romanian mioritic shepherd dog

Rottweiler

Saint bernard

Scottish deerhound

Sloughi

Slovensky cuvac

Small munsterlander

Spanish mastiff

Tibetan spaniel

Wetterhoun

Whippet

Working kelpie

Quiet Dog Breeds for Apartments

Many apartment complexes have restrictions on certain dog breeds. Outside of large or aggressive dogs, the most common to make the “not welcome” list are noisy canines. Any dog from this group would make an ideal apartment living companion, as they are among the quietest of all breeds.

Affenpinscher

Barbet

Basenji

Basset fauve de bretagne

Basset hound

Bedlington terrier

Bichon frise

Biewer terrier

Bolognese

Border terrier

Boston terrier

Brussels griffon

Bulldog

Cairn terrier

Cardigan Welsh corgi

Cavalier King Charles spaniel

Cesky terrier

Chihuahua

Chinese crested

Cocker spaniel

French bulldog

German spitz

Greyhound

Havanese

Japanese chin

Japanese spitz

Keeshond

Löwchen

Maltese

Petit basset griffon vendéen

Pug

Russian toy

Russkaya tsvetnaya bolonka

Shih tzu

Teddy Roosevelt terrier

Toy fox terrier

Whippet

Yorkshire terrier

Dog Breeds That Don’t Bark (is there such a thing?)

While the internet may have you believe there are “barkless” dog breeds, it’s not true. All dogs are vocal, whether it’s barking, howling, or baying (even whining). Some breeds, however, are considered quiet dogs because they bark infrequently or only when it’s necessary. If your dog is one of the noisy breeds, all hope isn’t lost because dogs can be trained to stop barking, if you use the right tools and training methods.

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