The 10 Most Talkative Dog Breeds
(IN MY OPINION)
Have you ever wondered whether some dogs gossip? Or whether some dog breeds do so more than others? You
know, the dogs who like to hear their own voices, speak their minds -- the talkative dogs? My guess is that
these chatty canines do indulge in the exchange of personal information with the other talkative dogs in the
apartment building or in the house next door. And don’t even get them started at the dog park -- a talkative dog
is bound to air his grievances and catch up on the local lowdown for hours at this social gathering. And why
shouldn’t he? Talkative dogs have every right to broadcast their opinions and share their thoughts.
But talkative dogs don’t limit themselves to canine chitchat -- they like to expound on things (such as the fact
that their owner left an hour ago and still isn’t home); explain a situation (such as their food bowl being empty);
and express themselves (such as dramatically reciting the Dog Bill of Rights). Many talkative dogs also like to
keep their owners up-to-date on their lives, yapping happily away throughout dinner, on a walk, and sometimes
at 3:00 a.m., when they remember something they forgot to mention earlier.
Why Some People Love Talkative Dog Breeds
We don't all want to sit in eerie quiet all the time, wondering what our
dog is thinking. Some people like to have the sound of a dog filling the
house, letting them know they are not alone and that things are happening
Lovers of talkative dogs will tell you that it masks the habit of talking to
yourself, because someone always answers back. Talkative dogs are
outgoing, gregarious extroverts, and they are usually friendly, engaging,
and make wonderful companions.
Why Some Dog Breeds Are Very Talkative
Well, the silent types tend to be the bigger types (note: “tend”). The larger a dog, usually the less vocal -- think
of a Tibetan Mastiff or a Great Dane. Quite a few of the larger dog breeds were bred as guard dogs, which meant
they were meant to be imposing and had to be prepared to take someone down. Silence goes with these traits.
On the other hand, many smaller dog breeds were bred to be watchdogs, which meant they were supposed to
warn their owners of intruders and also discourage intruders with their noise. There are other reasons as well.
1. Experience: Over the years of development, a dog learns his place in the modern dog pack, which includes
many breeds and sizes. A breed that develops as an alpha tends to be more vocal in order to give commands
and to keep everyone in his place. Think of a dog park.
2. Original Purpose 1: If a dog was bred to just be a lapdog, that breed is likely more vocal, as he has been
indulged since his beginning.
3. Original Purpose 2: Dogs bred to run prey down, such as Hounds and Terriers, tend to be more vocal, as do
4. Distance from Original Purpose: Conversely, dog breeds that were not originally bred to be noisy can become
talkative breeds when they’re redirected to a more sedentary and “boring” lifestyle.
5. Wildcard: Some breeds are talkative even though they don’t have the traits of a talkative breed.
But whether a dog is talkative is not solely based on his breed. Certain
factors in his life can either make a talkative dog more talkative or
actually make a quiet dog talkative. These include:
1. Owner Encouragement: If you want to encourage your dog to be
talkative, reward him when he barks. If you want to discourage a
barking dog, reward him when he’s quiet.
2. Lack of Socialization: If a dog is overly communicative, especially
around other dogs, it could be a sign of poor socialization.
3. Environment: If a dog lives in a noisy household, he is more likely to
raise his voice to get noticed. A lot of commotion, with kids running
around, around and adults bickering, will often encourage or create a
I Don’t Consider the Miniature Schnauzer a Yappy/Barky Breed!
The natural instinct of a Miniature Schnauzer, is to warn you as soon as any stranger ventures close to your
home. The Miniature will normally not stop barking until its owner welcomes the guest and lets the dog know
that everything is okay. As soon as a newcomer has been “approved” by the dog owner, the Miniature Schnauzer
will normally become extremely friendly towards that person. If you do not want your dog to bark every time
someone walks past your garden, you must teach it this. The Miniature Schnauzer cannot read your mind – it
believes that it is fulfilling its job and protecting its human family by warning you of all the suspicious strangers.
If you devote some time and energy to proper Miniature Schnauzer dog training, you can control when and why
your dog barks. We have found that the best way to train a Schnauzer to not bark, is to squirt them in the face
with a water bottle. While Mini Schnauzers don’t make the top 10 list for barky dogs, they do make the top 10
list for being one of the most intelligent breeds of all of the 175+ breeds recognized by the AKC. Most
miniatures, unlike the Labrador Retrievers, do not like water in the face. You can stop almost any inappropriate
behavior with a water bottle.
The 10 Most Talkative Dog Breeds
1. Yorkshire Terrier: This breed may be small but he has the heart of a Terrier, which means confrontation
comes naturally, and he's very vocal about most situations.
2 Chihuahua: This tiny breed was originally bred to be a sacred figure and also a lapdog. They appear to
remember the time when they were bowed to, and demand the attention due them.
3. Beagle: A Hound -- enough said. While lumbering over fields in packs, Beagles bark or bay as a part of their
job to signal the owners of their whereabouts and out of pure excitement.
4. Dachshund: Long in body and loud in voice. He has a lot to talk about, considering he was bred not only to
hunt prey his own size (such as rabbits) but also wild boar and deer.
5. Australian Shepherd: This herding breed barks while he works to direct his herd. Both his herding skills and
working voice tend to show up in his role as companion dog.
6. Rat Terrier: Another Terrier who is very vocal, especially if left alone too much. Rat Terriers were bred to run
rats to the ground and often worked in packs, communicating with one another by barking.
7. Standard Schnauzer: Despite his origin as a guard dog, which usually indicates a silent type, this dog is very
talkative. The Standard Schnauzer has an entirely different temperament from the Miniature Schnauzer.
Interestingly, the Miniature and the Giant Schnauzer have very similar temperaments.
8. Siberian Husky: The Siberian Husky was bred to pull sleds and live together in packs. They howl more than
bark and often also say “Woowoowoo.” They are a talkative breed because they need to communicate
throughout their work.
9. West Highland White Terrier: Westies are more known for the loudness of their bark than their
gregariousness, but they do have a talkative nature. Again, as Terriers, they were bred to be noisy as part of
their job. They’re also jolly little creatures who just like to express their mirth.
10. American Foxhound: Another Hound who was bred to work in packs and used barking in that work. The
American Foxhound is a more moderate talker, but you never know when you’ll be jolted by his powerful bay.
Training Your Puppy Not to Bark!
1. The shake-can. This is one of the simplest and mildest ways to teach your puppy not to bark. You
can use this method when your puppy is having a little barkfest and won’t stop barking. Take an
empty can or soft drink bottle and put some pennies inside. They should make a good, loud rattle
when you shake them. Tape up the top of the can with duct tape or put the bottle lid back on the
bottle. When your puppy starts barking and won’t stop, shake the can loudly at him. This should get
his attention and he should stop barking for a moment. As soon as he stops barking you should
praise him and tell him he’s a good dog. Give him a treat. You’re giving him a reward for being quiet.
Repeat this action whenever your puppy goes into his bark routine and the barking should diminish. He should
start looking for the treat after one brief bark, at the very least.
2. The spray bottle. You can also use the spray bottle technique to teach your puppy that barking is
unwelcome. Buy some inexpensive spray bottles at your local discount store. You can also use
children’s water pistols. Keep the spray bottles filled with water and place them in various locations
around your house so they will be handy for you to use. When your puppy starts barking and won’t
stop, simply pick up a spray bottle and squirt him. You don’t need to soak him or be mean to him. You
are simply spraying him to get his attention. As soon as he stops barking for a moment make sure that you give
him a treat and praise him for being a good boy for being quiet. We love the spray bottle! But, we have found
both methods to be effective.
With both methods the purpose is to startle your puppy into being quiet. You are just getting his attention, not
trying to punish him. It’s just as important to praise your puppy when he stops barking as it is to get him to stop
barking. You have to let him know what kind of good behavior you want him to follow instead of barking — in
this case, being quiet.
You can also teach your puppy the “Quiet” command when you give him his treat in order to emphasize what it
is that your puppy is learning. This will help your puppy associate not barking with the reward.
If you follow these simple methods training your puppy not to bark should be very easy. Training a puppy is a
whole lot like training a baby; you don't ever want to let them do as a puppy, what you would not want them to
do as an adult! Training them early is the key to having a wonderful lifelong companion. We also suggest you
enroll your puppy in Puppy Obedience classes. Obedience classes are a great way to train YOU, and your
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By the time your puppy is ready to go home with you around
the age of 8 -10 weeks he is becoming more confident about
barking. Once he settles into his new home your puppy can
gain enough confidence to bark more frequently. Afterall, he
now has his "home" to protect! This is when puppy barking
may start to become a problem and it is important that you
start training your puppy early. When your puppy finds his/her
voice you may want to try one of the following methods.