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The Worst Breeds for Excessive Barking

The chart below, created by Benjamin and Lynette Hart, offers a rank-ordering of breeds by their tendency to engage in excessive barking. The list was taken from their wonderful little book The Perfect Puppy: How to Choose Your Dog by Its Behavior. Unfortunately, The Perfect Puppy is currently out of print.

People will often buy a breed of dog notorious for barking at everything that moves and then tell you with a straight face that it is not their fault that the perpetual rain of dog-related noise has destroyed your life. Get a clue. If you acquire a dog that is high on the trait of excessive barking, he is likely to bark excessively. Don't put your neighbors in the position of having to endure the consequences of your mistake. Before you get a dog, carefully study the chart showing breed tendencies toward excessive barking and remember, don't choose a dog with a strong predisposition to bark unless you are prepared to exert the energy necessary to hold the beast in check.

Hart's Rank Ordering of Excessive Barking by Breed

The Worst Breeds for Excessive Barking - Taken from The Perfect Puppy
#1 Rating: The least offensive barkers
Here at the top of the chart are listed
the breeds least likely to bark inappropriately.
As you move toward the bottom of the list, each
successive group is more likely to bark without
justification than was the group before.
Golden Retriever
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
#2 Rating Labrador Retriever
Austrlian Shepherd
Great Dane
Old English Sheepdog
Alaskan Malamute
#3 Rating Saint Bernard
Doberman Pinscher
#4 Rating Chow Chow
Brittany Spaniel
Basset Hound
Norwegian Elkhound
Afghan Hound
#5 Rating German Shorthaired
Standard Poodle
Bichon Frise
Siberian Husky
#6 Rating English Springer Spaniel
Cocker Spaniel
German Shepherd
Shih Tzu
#7 Rating Scottish Terrier
Airedale Terrier
#8 Rating Irish Setter
Lhasa Apso
Shetland Sheepdog
Boston Terrier
#9 Rating Chihuahua
Silky Terrier
Miniature Poodle
Toy Poodle
#10 Rating - The most excessive barkers
Listed here at the bottom of the chart are
the breeds that are the most likely to bark
when they should not be barking
Yorkshire Terrier
Cairn Terrier
Miniature Schnauzer
West Highland White Terrier
Fox Terrier

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