It really does depend on the dog. I have a lab that hardly barks, and also a mini dachshund puppy that hardly ever barks, and i was warned when we got the puppy that they can be very yappy dogs. So far ours isn't. (Our puppy is 6 and 1/2 months old)
Basenjis CAN bark, they just choose not to. I've heard mine bark 4-5 times (just one short bark each time) in situations in which he was startled.
Generally, they are very quiet and seldom make the "horribly loud" yodeling noises unless they're frequently unhappy for some reason. They do make a pleasant "roo-ing" sound when they're happy to see you. Everybody in my family loves to be roo'ed at!
gbroxon - Sounds a bit like the huskys woowoo. That's actually the word some books use to decsribe one of the many vocalizations of the Siberian Husky. It really sounds more like aroowoowoo. Huskys aren't much in the way of barkers either. Too many other sounds to make. lol
What is it with people wanting silent dogs? It is a dog not a mime. Barking...it is what they "do", how they communicate.
Get a cat or something. Maybe a bunny! Dogs are far more vocal than cats and bunnies. There are also Guinea pigs....wait they squeak, sorry. Silly me.. No noise. Right!
And if you want a dog that doesn't bark because you are not supposed to have one cause it is not allowed if you rent....seriously don't get the dog. It's not fair to the dog if you get kicked out and end up without a place to live, or if you choose to keep the place and ditch the dog in order to continue to live there when the landlord finds out and get mad.
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Don't get a Sheltie. :) They think barking is fun... Some of mine seem to have more to say than I do somedays. I've gotten to the point where when I leave the house I miss the barking... That's when you know you've gone to the dogs...
I can't stand yappy dogs either that's why we bought a Japanese Chin. Chins are one of the few small dogs that are not yappers (as opposed to rappers - er, sorry). Chins will "roo, roo" sometimes but for the most part they are not barkers. It's funny sometimes because other dogs that bark at my dog look a little confused when he doesn't bark back - like is that a dog or what? My brother and sister-in-law have two cockers who bark constantly - my dog just looks at them with this real puzzled expression - like - "What is all this noice about?". You would think he would join in and start barking with them but he doesn't.
Most of the breeds (generalization here) that yodel, woo-woo or howl are NOT prone to barking or yappy barking. They CAN bark. They just use other vocalizations. When I get home from work I don't have four dogs barking, I have one who barks (Chowchow/Shepherd), one who whines happily (Siberian Husky), one who is quiet (Siberian Husky) and one who alternates between howl and woo-woo with an occasional bark thrown in for good measure (also a Sibe). I get quite a welcoming chorus. Basenjis top the list for singing dogs (or yodeling), but Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskys, and most of the other Spitz breeds will also sing for you.
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