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The 10 Dog Breeds That Bark the Most (and Why They Bark)

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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Barking comes with the territory of owning a dog. They go hand in hand, or paw in hand, rather. However, some breeds are just way more talkative than others. If you live in an apartment, condo complex, or housing development, you may want to steer clear of the breeds that bark a lot.Divider 2

Top 10 Barking Dogs

1. Chihuahua

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This feisty little rascal definitely has a reputation for being a yapper. When they’re feeling unsure about a person, pet, or situation, or when they think their human or home is in harm’s way, they’ll start barking shrilly.

Curb the barking by socializing your Chihuahua from an early age. Additionally, be sure to give them plenty of attention and playtime. Boredom can also lead to unwanted behaviors, such as excessive barking.

2. Beagles

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This adorable and lovable breed was developed to hunt, and yes, talk about it. However, the Beagle is not just a typical barker. They have a long, deep, braying sound when they’ve picked up a scent. They can also pick up howling from neighborhood dogs, trains, or other loud noises.

3. Cairn Terrier

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This small ratter was originally bred to hunt small vermin, including mice, rats, and squirrels. Their hunting roots run deep because your Cairn Terrier loves to bark at anything smaller, or bigger, than they are.

These pooches make great family pets for the experienced dog owner with older children. If you let your Cairn out back for a romp around the yard, ensure there are no holes in your fence because these pups adore putting on a chase!

4. Pomeranian

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This fluffy doll loves life and is full to the brim with a perky personality. Pomeranians can grow extremely attached to their owners, leading to their talkative tendencies. Their shrill bark occurs when they feel threatened or are unsure of the situation.

  • Fun fact: The Pomeranian is actually a member of the Spitz family of breeds, including the Akita, Husky, and Malamute.

5. Miniature Pinscher

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Contrary to popular belief, the spunky little Min Pin isn’t a small variation of the Doberman, though they truly look like one! This livewire pooch will bark any chance they get, especially if they hear a knock on the door or see a stranger approaching.

To keep them quiet, early socialization with other dogs and people is an absolute must.

6. Rat Terrier

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Small but mighty, the Rat Terrier is a fearless little dog with a ton of energy. Not only that, but they can be loud. With an ear-piercing bark, your Rat Terriers will always make their presence known. While they can thrive in apartments, you need to train them from a young age to curb the excessive yapping.

7. Dachshund

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Popularly known by fans as “wiener dogs,” this Germanic breed was originally bred for badger hunting. They are one of the most vocal dog breeds and absolutely love to yap at anything that strikes their fancy, or fear. Independent dogs will thrive under the care of an experienced and patient owner.

8. Australian Shepherd

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Affectionately referred to as the “Aussie,” this big dog loves to bark. But they also communicate in other ways, such as whining and woo-woos.

Don’t let your Aussie become bored or lonely. If left on their own for too long, this dog will resort to annoying and destructive behavior.

9. German Shepherd

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These refined and regal guard dog will bark when other dogs or people invade their space, when they sense danger, or when they’re excited. German Shepherds are also “boredom barkers.” That is, they’ll make low, short noises spaced far apart when they’re bored.

10. Alaskan Malamute

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While this breed of snow sled dog doesn’t bark, their talking includes howls, yips, brays, snorts, and sighs. Even with proper and patient training, you can’t make them become totally silent, and they’d be upset if you tried.Divider 5

Dogs That Bark the Most

As a dog owner, you’re already aware that when your pet barks, they’re trying to communicate something. You just have to figure out what that “something” is. Here are four reasons why your dog may be barking.

  • Boredom

When dogs are left alone for long periods of time, they will try to find ways to occupy themselves. This can lead to unwanted behaviors, such as chewing, urinating, or idly barking at passers-by through your window. Ensure you keep your dog engaged and exercised with toys, walks, and exciting activities to reduce their barking.

  • Excitement

As with young kids, your dog will bark when they’re excited. While you can train them to be less talkative, your pup will still likely bark when you return home from work, when you get them a new toy, or when the mailman comes.

  • Fear

Every creature experiences fear, even dogs. They will growl and bark to try and defend themselves. That could be a stranger, a honking car, or simply a dead leaf skittering across the street. By socializing your dog from an early age and introducing them to as many new experiences as possible, they will gain more confidence and bark less.

  • Aggression

Dogs from all breeds can become aggressive. To avoid aggression, train your fur baby from a young age and never use physical forms of punishment.


As with people, dogs talk. Hush them up by socializing them early, giving them plenty of exercise, and keeping their minds engaged.

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