Dogs bark. As dogs, it’s part of their job description. However, some breeds of dogs just can’t help but bark a lot, so it’s good to know in advance. Too late? You could buy earplugs in bulk packets, and hand them out liberally to family and neighbors. Better yet, take the time to work with your dog. It is possible to train your dog to better control this undesirable behavior.
Chihuahuas – If you had to quickly name one of the top barkers, this is the breed most likely to come to mind. These cute and tiny little terrors will cuddle up to you, then when you’re nice and relaxed, they’ll suddenly let loose with a string of brain shattering barks that could raise the dead. Try not to break something when you leap up faster than when you have a Charley horse.
Terriers – (except for bull terriers, who are quiet in comparison): Terrier breeds are dogdom’s kings and queens of barking, with honorable mentions going to schnauzers and beagles, who during the contest were barking up the wrong tree. (Best of luck next time, guys!)
German Shepherds – The handsome and intelligent policeman of the dog world has a deep, throaty bark that could scare even the most scary of monsters. If you’re looking for a great guard dog that’s also loyal and affectionate, get a German Shepherd. Regular exercise and training can help them learn to control their instinct to bark.
Miniature Schnauzers – Maybe they are self conscious about their size.
Bloodhounds – Their distinctive braying bark is instantly recognizable, which is why they were bred for hunting. When a bloodhound is around, you’ll know it. So will everyone else.
Huskies – These dogs are quite vocal, and will provide endless rambling commentary on their day and everything around them if you allow it. They can be really passionate about sharing their opinions on every single thing in the world, so learning the “Quiet!” command is vital.
Alaskan Malamutes – The name is a lie. There is no “mute” in the Alaskan Malamute. They’ll hold entire conversations with anyone who will listen, sing songs, howl, and bark. Then they’ll do it all over again in case you missed something the first time.
Miniature Pinschers – Min Pins, as they are affectionately known, are actually willful little dictators that are determined to bend you to their wishes. Their bark will bite into your eardrums. Training, training, training.
Great Pyrenees – Bred to guard flocks of sheep and cattle, Pyrenees use their bark language to express alarm at everything from a light breeze blowing to actual predators afoot! Unfortunately, it’s the all points in between alerts that will really test everyone’s patience. Good, consistent training is a must to keep everyone’s sanity intact.
While we’ve poked fun at the topic, no matter what the breed, excessive barking can be a serious problem – especially when you have to leave your dog at home for extended periods to earn money to pay for their food, toys and treats. Good training can make everything better.
The American Humane Society: tips to curb excessive barking: http://bit.ly/2dx9KTh