All dogs bark, but some just seem to have much more to say than others. Whether they’re naturally talkative or just have a propensity to become vocal when bored and under-stimulated, some breeds are just noisier than others. Although there’s an exception to every rule, generally speaking, if you’re looking for a breed that will stay quiet, steer clear from these guys.
#1 – Beagle
The Beagle is a small- to medium-sized scent hound known for its outstanding ability to track rabbit, hare and other small game. They make excellent family companions but are known for being very loud barkers and howlers.
#2 – Siberian Husky
The Husky is known in the dog world as being one of the most talkative dog breeds of all. Whether it’s a howl, a bark, singing–or a combination–the Husky is one highly vocal canine. If you have one of these in your home, then you know exactly what it means to have a talkative dog.
#3 – West Highland White Terrier
The West Highland White Terrier, or Westie, is a small terrier from Scotland. Like any terrier, they can be stubborn, difficult to train, and prone to nuisance barking. When training is started early, however, they can make great active companions.
#4 – Miniature Schnauzer
The Miniature Schnauzer is the smallest of the Schnauzers and considered to be a terrier, although it varies greatly in temperament. They are known for excessive barking, which makes them excellent watchdogs, but can be troublesome.
#5 – Cairn Terrier
The Cairn Terrier is a feisty, active dog that needs regular exercise and mental stimulation to remain a manageable roommate. Because of their temperament, they can become nuisance barkers.
#6 – Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terriers are one of the most popular dog breeds today but they do have a reputation for being nuisance barkers. Because of their terrier heritage, this belief does not go unfounded and early training is necessary to control the noise level. When well-trained, however, they make great companions.
#7 – Chihuahua
Chihuahuas are another small breed with a big reputation for being yappy, and they most certainly live up to it when their barking is tolerated. However, training and sufficient exercise can make Chihuahuas wonderful companions.
#8 – Silky Terrier
The Silky Terrier is an Australian breed primarily bred to be a family companion, although they are known to kill snakes. They are typically very relaxed dogs, but being terriers, can be prone to nuisance barking.
#9 – Toy Poodle
The Toy Poodle is the smallest of the Poodles and has the highest propensity for nuisance barking. Whether this is due to the breed’s temperament or more relaxed training is unknown; though the larger variations are less noisy.
#10 – Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Pembroke Welsh Corgis are dwarf herding dogs originally used for cattle driving, and their active and strong personalities help them learn to bark early. They are very active and intelligent dogs that can become nuisance barkers if not well trained and exercised.
#11 – Miniature Pinscher
The Miniature Pinscher is a small German breed that, despite popular misconception, is not intended to be a small version of the Doberman Pinscher. They are strong-willed and independent dogs that are not recommended for novice owners, as they can and will try to rule the household and can become very noisy.
#12 – Dachshund
The Dachshund is a German short-legged breed used for rabbit and badger hunting. Their tough-to-catch prey required a strong temperament, and Dachshunds are not soft dogs. Without proper training and exercise, they can become excessive barkers.
#13 – German Shepherd Dog
The German Shepherd Dog is known far and wide, not to be the biggest barker of the dog world, but the most prominent whiner. Only German Shepherd owners experience the level of talkativeness this breed has. Unfortunately, people either love it or hate it, and this does lead to unexpected rehoming when uneducated buyers don’t want to live with the noise.
#14 – Boston Terrier
The Boston Terrier is nicknamed “The American Gentleman,” although the breed does have an inclination for nuisance barking. They can and should be trained to prevent excess noise, but they are an active breed that will become unruly if under-stimulated.
#15 – Pomeranian
The Pomeranian is a small spitz-type dog with a personality far larger than its physical size. They are active and playful dogs that, despite their size, do need regular exercise. They are prone to nuisance barking and early training can help establish house manners.