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Old 02-15-2007, 02:40 PM
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We train our dogs to bark and then say "enough" and they stop. Of course they will bark at strangers near the house and so on but they know when we say "enough" they stop and are told they are good for doing so. I guess you are thinking along the lines of the dog barking when you are not at home. How many hours max do you think you will be away at any one time?
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Old 02-15-2007, 05:49 PM
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Yeah, that's exactly what I was thinking of. My previous dog was trained to be quiet (too effectively--later we tried to teach her "speak" but she wouldn't bark at all, oh well!) and was naturally quiet anyway (border collie / lab mix), but of course you can only shush them with a command when you're present. If the dog barks a lot and takes three months to train, the landlord is probably going to say forget it!

I'm 99***37; sure I'd go to a shelter, but I've heard that some dogs are basically in shock there and are incredibly well-behaved when you first take them home before realizing "hey, I'm HOME!" and relaxing. So that's one reason I'm curious as to what breeds are naturally quiet . . . though I do realize it varies from dog to dog!

I work 7 - 4, but am close enough that I can drive home for lunch. But that would be my only opportunity to get home before getting off work, on weekdays.
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Old 02-15-2007, 05:50 PM
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Maybe a better question would have been "which dog breeds bark a lot" . . . I've always heard hounds do.
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Old 02-15-2007, 06:15 PM
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Talking about Shibas reminded me of one of my other favorite breeds. Akitas. They don't bark much at all, from what I've experienced. They'd rather observe silently, and save the bark for if they truly need it. Dogos, on the other hand, have a bark like a bullhorn, and they don't mind using it. (They also woo-woo, babble, mutter, howl, yodel, etc etc.)
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Old 02-15-2007, 06:36 PM
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Some breeds are, of course, predisposed to barking... I think the barkiest dogs I know of are Mini Schnauzers, Bassets, and Beagles. I would steer clear of any hounds, and most toy breeds.

However, it does seem like more of a training issue (and an exercise issue) than anything, for most dogs. Fozzie is half Corgi and PROBABLY half Beagle, and he almost never barks. Those are 2 breeds that are known for barkiness, and he had started being vocal as a puppy, but I taught him to "chill out". When he hears that he automatically stops and lays down. Gonzo (Border Collie) almost *never* barks, and when he does it's a single alarm bark, so I think growing up with a quiet dog taught Fozzie to not bark excessively.
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Old 02-19-2007, 07:31 PM
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[QUOTE=Zoom;606341]Well, as far as apartment sized dogs go...Cavalier King Charles spaniels are relatively quiet. Some pugs are quiet, some are incredibly noisy...most mini schnazuers are very barky and it's an ear piercing bark at that.
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I agree with the Cavalier Kind Charles and pug. Stay away from chis, dachshunds, min pings, jack russels because in general they can be barky dogs if not trained properly.

I know many Shih tzus from my friends and family and none of them are barky at all. I have trained Charlie though to make sure he is not barky, but from my experience they are not a barky breed.

I have also never met a Cocker Spaniel that is barky either, but I have heard a lot of feedback that differs from the breed standard we see with them in Canada compared to the breeding in the US.
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Old 02-27-2007, 05:14 PM
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Here's a list of the noisiest and quietest dogs from PetVR.com

I have to disagree a bit with the basenji. Basenjis have a reputation as difficult to train and while they do not bark they do chortle and yodel and make other oddball noises which help to make them endearing.
I agree....Basenji's ARE NOT quiet. I had one quite a few years back and just because they're a "barkless" dog doesn't mean they're quiet. He made a lot of noise. They're quite a handful to.
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Old 02-27-2007, 05:17 PM
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Bulldogs are sleepy, quiet dogs. My pugs are also very quiet dogs. Not a yappy breed at all and when they do bark, it's more of a muffled "boof" than a bark.
I agree with Showpug on this...my daughter has an English Bulldog and he's very quiet (except for the snorting sounds). He's also very laid back and good natured. A very sweet dog.
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Old 02-27-2007, 05:19 PM
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All I can say is that I have two of the noisiest and they're not on that list!!
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I think Dachshunds should be on the top barking breeds list. Who knows, maybe they're number 11 and we only saw the top 10. lol I do know that I've lived in two different apartment complexes and some how in each one I have neighbors with barking Dachshunds! I think people chose them for apartments because they're small and have low maintenance hair, so they seem like an "easy" breed. But Dachshunds have a terrier personality (bred to go after vermin underground so they're more terrier than scent hound). They're very vocal and strong willed so it's not like you can easily train most of them to not bark.

Another breed that I've known to be fairly barky is the American Eskimo. Wouldn't recommend that one for an apartment where your landlord is already not crazy about you having a dog.

I think most toy breeds tend to be fairly barky- especially Yorkies, Pekingese, Toy Poodles, and Lhasa Apsos.
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