27 barking dogs

Barking dog breeds often exhibit strong guarding and alert behavior that was historically used for hunting or guarding. Such breeds, including many terriers, spitzes and herding dogs, respond quickly to environmental stimuli. While this is useful in some situations, it can be challenging in the home environment.

Barking dog breeds: Why do they bark so much?

If you've ever been around a small Yorkshire Terrier or a feisty Beagle, you've probably noticed that some dog breeds bark a lot. But what's behind it? Why do some breeds bark more than others? And what does this barking mean for the dog itself?

Why do these breeds bark so much?

There are several reasons why dogs bark:

  1. Communication: dogs bark to communicate with other dogs and also with people.
  2. Alertness: many dog breeds, especially the smaller ones, tend to bark at any noise or movement to warn their owners or defend their territory.
  3. Boredom: An underemployed dog may bark out of boredom or frustration.
  4. Hunting Instinct: Breeds like the Beagle were bred for hunting and bark to track and encircle prey.
  5. Fear: Sometimes barking can also be a sign of fear or insecurity.

What does this barking do to dogs?

Barking is a natural behavior for the dog itself and serves several purposes:

  • Self-affirmation: Barking can make some dogs feel more secure and confident, especially when responding to unfamiliar noises or people.
  • Stress Relief: Barking can also be a way for the dog to relieve stress or excitement.
  • Social bonding: Barking can also be a means of social interaction, whether with other dogs or with humans.

Which dog breeds are particularly fond of barking?

The best known barking dog breeds include these 27 FCI breeds:

Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland-Schäferhund auf einem Spaziergang Depositphotos / oov

The Shetland Sheepdog, often referred to as the "Sheltie", originates from the Shetland Islands northeast of Scotland. He was originally bred as a herding dog for sheep and is known for his intelligence, agility and loyalty. Externally, it resembles a small Rough Collie with an elegant profile, a thick mane and a long, flowing coat. Color variations range from sable to tricolor to blue merle.

A distinctive characteristic of the Sheltie is his barking nature. Barking was useful in his herding work to direct sheep and warn potential predators or intruders. However, in a domestic setting, this tendency can become a problem, especially if not properly managed. While some owners find the frequent barking protective or alarming, others see it as a potential nuisance. It is important to start training early and teach the Sheltie when barking is appropriate and when it is not. Despite this quirk, the Shetland Sheepdog is a loving and loyal companion that can thrive in any home with proper training and attention.

Finnish spitz

Hund,Fleischfresser,Hunderasse,Begleithund,Fawn,Spitz,Rute,Gras,Deutscher spitz mittel,Sportliche Gruppe, Depositphotos / slowmotiongli

The Finnish Spitz is an ancient breed of dog that originated in Finland and was traditionally used to hunt birds and smaller animals. Its distinctive appearance - a flaming red coat, pointed ears and a lively expression - gives it the nickname "Finkies".

A striking characteristic of the Finnish Spitz is his pronounced barking instinct. This was particularly useful for hunting: by barking, he signaled the position of the game to the hunter. He is known to have a unique barking melody that changes depending on the prey. In a modern household, however, his barking nature can be challenging. Without proper training and distraction, barking can become excessive and disruptive. It is important to set clear boundaries early on and teach the dog alternative behaviors. Despite its penchant for barking, the Finnish Spitz is a loyal and attentive family dog that makes an excellent companion when properly managed.


Chihuahua Welpe liegt auf einem dunklen Hintergrund Depositphotos / FotoJagodka

The Chihuahua is one of the smallest dog breeds in the world and originated in Mexico. Despite its small size, the Chihuahua is characterized by its courageous heart, lively personality and deep bond with its human. It has a short or long coat that can come in a variety of colors.

In terms of its barkiness, the Chihuahua has a reputation. Many Chihuahuas tend to bark rapidly, whether in response to noises, movements, or strange people and animals. This can be attributed in part to their desire to protect their territory and warn their owners. In some cases, barking may also be triggered by fear or insecurity, due to their small stature.

It is important to start consistent training when the dog is a puppy to get barking under control. With patience, understanding and training, the Chihuahua can learn when it is appropriate to bark and when it is not. Despite its loud nature, the Chihuahua is a loving and loyal companion.

Small spitz

Porträt eines netten deutschen Spitzes Depositphotos / Lenkadan

The Kleinspitz is a member of the Spitz family and is characterized by its compact size, bushy coat and pointed, erect ears. This breed originated in Germany and was originally bred as a guard dog for farms and houses.

A characteristic feature of the Kleinspitz is its strong barking instinct. Like many other dogs of its kind, the Kleinspitz tends to react to noises or unusual activities in its environment by barking. This barking nature may result from his instinctive desire to protect his territory and warn his family. However, in an urban environment, this can become a problem if the barking is excessive or in inappropriate situations.

Early and consistent training is therefore essential to teach the small Spitz when barking is appropriate and when it is not. However, with proper training and loving guidance, the Kleinspitz can grow into a calmer and well-adjusted companion. Overall, he is a loyal, intelligent and playful family dog.

German spitz

Niedlicher Wolfsspitz Welpe steht im Herbst im Park. Keeshond oder deutscher Wolfsspitz. Haustiere. Reinrassiger Hund. Depositphotos / SergeyTikhomirov

The Wolfsspitz, also known as the German Spitz, has an impressive appearance with dense, long fur and a wolf-like coloring. As a member of the Spitz family, it is known for its alertness and distinct barking behavior. Originally used as a guard and herding dog, the Wolfsspitz used its bark to warn of intruders.

In modern households, this barking nature can lead to challenges, especially in densely populated areas. It is therefore important to set boundaries for him early on. With consistent training and understanding, his barking can be controlled. Despite his loud nature, the Wolfsspitz is a loyal and protective companion.

Belgian shepherd dog

Belgischer Schäferhund Malinois Hund Depositphotos / oov

The Malinois is one of the four varieties of the Belgian Shepherd and is especially known for its high energy, intelligence and loyalty. As a working dog, the Malinois was originally bred for herding duties, but is now also valued in police, military and rescue services worldwide.

Thanks to its alertness and protective instincts, the Malinois tends to bark at perceived threats or irregularities in its environment. This barking behavior originally served to protect the herd and deter intruders. However, in a home environment, this can cause problems if the barking is excessive or occurs in inappropriate situations. Therefore, it is critical to set boundaries for him early on with consistent training and socialization. With proper management and exercise, the Malinois is an invaluable and loyal companion.

Jack Russell Terrier

Hund, Hunderasse, Fleischfresser, Pflanze, Kong, Gras, Happy, Begleithund, Rehbraun, Halsband, Depositphotos / ammmit

The Jack Russell Terrier, often referred to simply as the Jack Russell, is a lively and energetic breed of dog that was originally bred in England for fox hunting. With its compact size, short legs and distinctive white coat with brown or black markings, it immediately catches the eye.

Jack Russells are known for their intelligence, courage and determination. They have a natural curiosity and a strong hunting instinct, which makes them tireless diggers and chasers. They often exhibit strong barking behavior, which stems from their desire to warn their family of potential threats or to respond to exciting environmental stimuli.

In a home, their energy and barking can become challenges if they are not properly engaged and trained. It is critical to set clear boundaries for them early on and provide adequate mental and physical stimulation. With proper management, the Jack Russell will become a loyal and fun family member.

American Foxhound


The American Foxhound is an elegant and athletic dog breed that was developed in the United States specifically for fox hunting. With its long legs, slender body and expressive face, it represents the classic image of a running dog.

Due to its breeding history, the American Foxhound has a strongly developed hunting and scenting instinct. When tracking game or while hunting, he often uses his barking to establish communication with other dogs and the hunter. This barking behavior may also show up in everyday life, especially when he senses exciting scents or reacts to unfamiliar stimuli in his environment.

In a home environment, the Foxhound's barking can be challenging for some owners. Therefore, it is important to teach him with consistent training when barking is appropriate and when it is not. Despite his tendency to bark, the American Foxhound is an affectionate, friendly and active companion who will shine in the family when properly managed and exercised.

Norfolk Terrier

Norfolk Terrier auf der Parkstraße im Herbst Depositphotos / PhotoDanis

The Norfolk Terrier is one of the smallest terrier breeds, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in character and energy. Originally bred in England for rat poison and fox hunting, he has a bold and determined character.

Typical of many terriers, the Norfolk Terrier is also fond of barking. His barking was once used to indicate his position underground when hunting or to warn intruders. In a domestic environment, his barking, especially in response to strange noises or visitors, may be considered intense by some. Consistent education and training are therefore critical. Despite his tendency to bark, the Norfolk Terrier is a warm, loyal and playful companion.


Mudi Hund im Gras aktiv Depositphotos / jurra89

The Mudi is a rare Hungarian dog breed, originally bred as a herding dog. With a medium size, wavy coat and an alert appearance, it shows both its enthusiasm for work and its affection. As a herding dog, the Mudi developed a distinctive bark to direct sheep and deter predators.

This barking nature can also manifest itself in a home environment, especially if he reacts to unfamiliar noises, movements, or strange people. Early training is essential to control excessive barking and teach him appropriate behaviors.

Despite his tendency to bark, the Mudi is an intelligent, loyal and versatile companion who will shine in the family when properly managed and exercised.

Biewer Terrier

Gruppe von Biewer Yorkie Welpen auf weißem Hintergrund Depositphotos / FotoJagodka

The Biewer Terrier, often referred to as the Biewer Yorkshire Terrier, is a small dog breed with a striking tri-color coat pattern.

Originally from Germany, this charming terrier is characterized by its long, silky coat and lively personality. Like many small dog breeds, the Biewer Terrier tends to be quite barky.

His barking may occur in response to environmental stimuli, as an expression of his alertness, or simply for reasons of play and enjoyment. In a living space, this behavior can sometimes be perceived as excessive. Consistent training from an early age will help to control barking. Despite his tendency to bark, the Biewer Terrier is a loving and loyal companion who takes the hearts of many owners by storm.


Schipperke steht auf der Wiese. Depositphotos / volofin

The Schipperke, originating from Belgium, is a small but sturdy dog with a distinctive black coat color and a fox-like appearance. Originally used as a guard dog along the canals of Belgium, the Schipperke is naturally alert and often alerts his owners with a sharp bark at the slightest perceived anomaly.

This barking nature can be challenging in a domestic environment, especially in apartments or densely populated areas. It is important to set boundaries for him early on and control the barking through training.

Nevertheless, the Schipperke is a loyal, courageous, and lively companion who, despite his tendency to bark, can become a valuable family member with proper management.

Terrier Brasileiro

Brasilianischer Terrier vor weißem Hintergrund Depositphotos / cynoclub

The Terrier Brasileiro, also known as the Brazilian Terrier, is a lively and agile breed that originated in Brazil. Its short coat, slender legs and alert look reflect its energetic character.

Originally used as a hunting and guard dog, he is naturally alert and prone to barking at suspicious noises or movements. This barking trait can be perceived as challenging in a home environment.

Consistent training from the beginning is essential to moderate his barking. Despite his tendency to bark, the Terrier Brasileiro is a loyal and playful companion. With proper management and exercise, he integrates wonderfully into the family and proves to be an affectionate companion.

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