15 Dog Breeds That Bark A Lot

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Dogs come in all shapes, sizes, and decibel levels! While some pups have soft whimpers, others possess vocal cords that could rival a foghorn. If you’re looking for a quiet companion, you might want to avoid these breeds. Here are 15 dog breeds that are notorious for their barking.


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Don’t underestimate this pint-sized powerhouse! Bred to be alert dogs, Chihuahuas will bark at anything that catches their attention from strangers to squirrels. Their territorial nature and separation anxiety can further amplify their vocalizations. While not explicitly banned in most areas, excessive yapping due to neglect or poor training can lead to complaints and fines.



Like opera singers, these merry scent hounds announce their presence with a melodic howl that rises and falls. Beagles can be pleasant outdoors but very annoying indoors, especially when bored or left alone. They require exercise and mental stimulation to keep their barking under control. Some communities restrict them due to their hunting instincts.

Cairn Terriers

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Immortalized as Toto in “The Wizard of Oz,” this dog has a surprisingly loud bark for its small size. Cairn terriers can bark at anything they deem suspicious and are also very curious and avid diggers. Early socialization and consistent positive reinforcement are essential for these creatures to ensure good behavior.

Miniature Schnauzers

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Schnauzers have distinctive eyebrows and beards which gives them a lot of character. These alert watchdogs have the distinguishing “Schnauzer bark,” which is a loud, rapid-fire series of short sounds. While fiercely loyal, they can become overprotective and yap excessively without proper training.

Scottish Terriers

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Affectionately called “Scotties”, these pups have deep barks that contradict their small stature. Bred to guard against vermin, they are naturally alert and vocal. Boredom and lack of training can exacerbate their barking tendencies. Their territorial nature requires responsible ownership and proper training to prevent noise complaints.


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Don’t let their fluffy coats and tiny sizes fool you! These “puffballs” of personality are herding dogs, and their miniature bodies are packed with mighty barks. They become unwanted alarm systems if not adequately trained. Pomeranians were once cherished companions of European royalty, even gracing the lap of Marie Antoinette.

Yorkshire Terriers


Yorkies originated not in Yorkshire, but in Scotland! They can unleash surprisingly loud, terrier-typical barks when provoked. Research local regulations, as some communities restrict these breeds due to their hunting obsession.

Siberian Huskies

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Huskies are infamous for being one of the loudest canines and have a double coat that allows them to live comfortably in temperatures as low as -60°C! Known for their mournful howls, these majestic sled dogs possess a distinctive “woo-woo” bark and require regular physical and mental stimulation.

West Highland White Terriers


Westies were initially called “Poltalloch Terriers” after the Scottish estate where the breed was developed. They’re members of the loud terrier family with the deafening trademark bark, often described as peppy or bright. While not typically banned, the independent nature of these terriers requires consistent training and socialization.



Don’t underestimate these “sausage dogs”! The Dachshund’s unique body shape was specifically designed to navigate badger burrows. They possess surprisingly loud, deep barks and their protective nature can further increase their vocalizations.


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Once pampered companions of European nobility and prized for their silky white coats, Maltese dogs have incredibly loud, high-pitched barks. These beautiful canines need constant physical activity to keep them calm and happy.

Labrador Retrievers


This famous breed has webbed feet and smooth coats, making them natural swimmers and excellent retrievers. Despite their gentle nature, these beloved family dogs can be surprisingly vocal, especially when bored or excited. Their “Labrador yodel,” a distinctive vocalization, is often used to express joy or anticipation.


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The Pembroke Welsh Corgi was once the mascot of the Queen of England and even has its own corgi club within Buckingham Palace. These dogs are passionate companions without being needy. However, they also have loud, sharp barks that can be a nightmare if not managed properly.


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Poodles were originally water dogs in Germany,  and their haircuts were designed to maximize swimming efficiency while keeping organs warm. In their three sizes, they’re easily recognized by their distinctive “poodle bark,” a series of rapid-fire yips. Luckily, they are trainable and respond well to positive reinforcement.

Basset Hounds


Basset Hounds have the longest ears, reaching down to their chests. These soulful-eyed scent hounds are renowned for their deep, mournful baying, a sound instantly recognizable from countless cartoons and movies. However, they can also bark, producing a low, booming sound that belies their laid-back demeanor.


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