With improper training, or lack of exercise, any dog can be a “barky dog.” But there are some breeds who like the sound of their own voice a bit more than others. Here are 10 chatterboxes who won’t ever let you get a word in.
The smallest breed in the world, Chihuahuas make up for their small size with their large personalities. Excellent companion dogs, they’re perfectly content with following their owner around and staying close by them all day. Unfortunately, their intense loyalty can translate to possessiveness and even jealousy. When that happens, this dog will let the entire world know that you’re their human and no other human is going to stand in the way of that.
On the flip side, if your Chihuahua isn’t the jealous type, their barking might be tied to lack of exercise. Some dog owners assume Chihuahuas, because of their size, don’t need daily walks. However, this simply isn’t true, and a cooped-up Chihuahua might show his frustration by talking to you about it. All the time.
Adorable, and they know it. Pomeranians are the most independent of toy breeds, and their intellect means that they’ll easily become the boss and take the reigns if no one else steps in to do it. A Pomeranian who thinks they’re the boss will let you know if you’re not heeding to their demands. But while they shout orders at you, it’s important to realize that a properly trained Pomeranian is least likely to do this. Instead of barking orders at you, they might offer suggestions. But it’s up to you if you want to follow them.
3. German Shepherd
Naturally hard workers, it’s no wonder police officers and the military always turn to German Shepherds as their loyal canines. But the reason German Shepherds are great workers is because they’re extremely high energy. If a German Shepherd isn’t saving babies from fires, they’re most likely sitting in your house being bored, and a bored German Shepherd will let you know that they are bore-awoooooooo. Thankfully, with proper training and good exercise, the German Shepherd will be less likely to voice their problems with you.
Similar to the Pomeranian, the Pekingese is bold and independent and, without proper training, can quickly think they’re the boss of the house. The good news is that the Pekingese makes a great watchdog as they abhor strangers and will always let you know. However, if you train them to only bark at certain times (instead of all the time) they’ll be less likely to voice their concerns over everything.
Beagles don’t have a normal-sounding bark. Instead, they have what’s called a baying howl, and it comes in handy for when they’re hunting (since they are hound dogs after all). Super friendly and gets along with everyone, the Beagle’s jovial nature makes them the life of the party, but like certain party guests, the Beagle never knows when the party is over. The next thing you know, they’re telling their best buddy next door about an awesome joke they heard recently…at 6 a.m. But it’s hard to stay mad at Beagles. I mean look at those ears!
6. Miniature Schnauzer
Perhaps it’s the Miniature Schnauzer’s trademark “mustache” that tricks them into thinking they’re some kind of kung-fu master. These little dogs don’t behave like stereotypical toy breeds, and when larger dogs step to them, they tend to exaggerate their strength and become barky. But when this dog is being mouthy, it’s important to let them know who the real boss is. On the flip side, if you’re looking for a guard dog, the Miniature Schnauzer has your back–always.
7. Miniature Pinscher
A ball of energy, the Miniature Pinscher is a natural-born adventurer. Without proper exercise or socialization, the Miniature Pinscher is like a rowdy teenager who doesn’t care what you think and is going to do whatever they want. To keep these dogs from talking back to you, the neighbors, and strangers, it is advised to keep them properly walked daily. When their energy needs are met, they’re less likely to let their inner sass shine.
8. Siberian Husky
Anyone who loves to watch YouTube videos already know how much Siberian Huskies love to howl with their trademark “arrrwooaahhhoooo.” But unlike the other dogs on this list, the Siberian Husky will not make a good watchdog. In fact, they get along with most people. However, because they’re so high energy, when they’re bored they like to let the whole house (and neighborhood) know. They also have no problem talking back, telling you when they’re happy, or telling you when they’re unhappy. The Siberian Husky loves the sound of their own voice.
9. Most Terriers
Terriers in general have a bad reputation, whether it’s for their “yappy” tendencies, their pertinence for digging, or their stubborn streak. Although most of these bad habits can be trained away, if you live in an apartment or somewhere with lots of neighbors, you should probably be aware that there’s a likelihood your Terrier might keep people up all night.
Prim and proper, Poodles enjoy the good life and are not shy to voice their concerns with you when their expectations don’t live up to reality. Thankfully, they’re easy to train and will respond well to commands. But if you’re looking for a dog that won’t bark when you ring the door bell, forget about it.
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