When it comes to dog selection, the decision that a potential dog owner is required to make should rely on imperative factors such as the time he or she will allocate to the dog. Other factors include the financial commitments required in nurturing a dog and the grooming requirements involved. Apart from the financial commitments involved, a potential dog owner is also expected to assess how the overall behavior of the dog is going to be.
The overall behavior of a dog can be assessed by looking at its behavior and attitude toward other pets and kids. All in all, when buying a dog, barking should not be the only factor that should play a key role in determining whether a certain dog or dog breed is ideal for you.
It is also very important to also understand that there are certain dog breeds that tend to bark more than others and then there are those breeds that seldom bark. There are those individuals who may prefer dog breeds that do not bark most of the time. Then, there are those people who will prefer dogs that bark from time to time especially individuals who are looking for ways to improve security at home.
Despite the fact that the level of barking may vary from one breed to another, it is also important to know that the personality and style of each dog will also play a big role.
Furthermore, most breeders and dog owners can also condition their pets to either bark more than others or less than others. The acclimatizing can either be voluntarily or as a result of various aspects such as overcrowding, lack of socialization or the dog owner’s personality.
Why Do Dogs Bark
Barking is one of the most distinctive features in dogs thus making them stand out from other animals especially in the canine family. Through barking, dogs are not only able to communicate with humans but they are also able to express themselves accordingly.
Though from time to time they may also use other forms such whining and growling like a form of communication. Needless to say, barking can also be used to warn humans especially if there is an intruder in the house or if there is any danger around the corner.
One the most common misguided misconception about barking is that most people tend to think dogs bark for revenge or spite. This concept is indeed very wrong. Hence, it is very important to understand that dogs only bark as a form of communication and not for any other anterior motive. All in all here are six reasons why dogs bark.
One of the main reasons that dogs may bark is to get the attention of the dog owner. More than often we tend to be carried away with other things that we even forget about the pets. May it be watching the television or completing various tasks in the house.
The good thing about the attention seeking bark is that once you hear it, you will immediately know what it means. Another reason dogs may bark is to either warn or alert you, the dog owner especially when someone is at the door or when a stranger passes close to your house.
Also, this type of bark can also be used to scare away strangers or potential intruders. The warning or alert bark is usually very different from all the other types of barks since its loud, sharp and authoritative in nature. The third reasons why dogs will bark is due to anxiety. When most dogs become anxious, they tend to bark so as to self-soothe themselves with a high pitched bark that is sometimes followed whining.
The final reason dogs may bark when they need to respond to other dogs. For any dog owner, the barking is unquestionably a familiar scenario, especially when all the dogs in the same neighborhood start to bark at the same time.
Dog Breeds That Don’t Bark
Despite the fact that they are not very common, non-barking dogs can be found in many countries and regions around the world. Many of these breeds are not common dogs, hence may not recognized by some Kennel clubs though they may still be recognized by other groups and organizations. It is very important to note that certain breeds such as the hounds and other common northern breeds may not bark from to time, but they still have their unique sounds.
1. The Basenji
The Basenji is undeniably one of the most widely recognized non-barking dogs and is currently recognized by many Kennel Clubs such as the Canadian Kennel Club, American Kennel Club and the Kennel Club of the UK. As one of the oldest dogs to be domesticated by man, the Basenji has its origins from Africa. All in all, this dog breed is highly decipherable especially due to its physical appearance and specific coat coloration.
Basenji dog breeds are usually a mixture of copper red with either brindle or black with significant white markings on the face, chest and the bases of the feet and legs. In terms of size, the Basenji is not very large when compared to other breeds and weighs about 20 to 25 kilograms after reaching maturity. The breed’s medium size is what makes this breed an ideal fit or candidate for apartments, small house living and also suitable for indoor exercises.
Irrespective of the breed’s inability to bark, the Basenji dog breeds are still able to make the different type of noises such as screeches, yodels, crows, and howls. Furthermore, others may also make sounds that are slightly similar to humming or singing which can be just as probing as the sounds produced by barking dogs. By producing any of the sounds discussed above, a Basenji will be able to signal as to whether it is in distress, excited, happy or interested.
Though just like barking the intensity will vary from one Basenji to another. Since this breed is not a downright non-barking dog, the Basenji breed will undeniably let out a bark once in a while, especially if there is another dog in the house that barks.
The New-guinea Singing Dog Breed
Apart from being a wild dog, the New-Guinea singing dog is also among the many dog breeds that are on the brink of becoming extinct if restorative measures are not taken as soon as possible.
Despite being on the verge of extinction, this dog breed is being selectively bred by some private breeders, kennels and zoos as a measure of preserving this highly unique wild dog breed. Currently, the New Guinea’s dog breed population in its native land, New Guinea, has significantly dropped over the last few years.
While the remaining few are being crossbred with other dog species to form hybrids. All in all, the New Guinea Dog Breed is a primitive dog breed that has proven from time to time that they can be hard to domesticate nor socialize with other animals or humans.
Unlike most dog breeds, the New Guinea breed is not very affectionate and dependent. Hence, they are not everyone’s cup of tea. Nonetheless, with proper training from a trainer or owner who truly understands this dog breed, they can be able to make very good pets.
Due to their primitive in nature, the New Guinea Singing Dog breeds are very effective hunters due to their exceptional prey instincts, drive, and enthusiasm. The breed’s hunting instinctive is what makes them not an ideal pet because they can end up killing other small sized pet that may be present in the house.
Since they prefer being alone most of the time, the New Guinea Singing Dogs are usually very aggressive towards other dogs, especially those of the same sex unless they have been raised together as puppies.
When it comes to vocalizations, the sounds that this primitive dog breed produces is unique thus making them one of the rarest breeds. Unlike other non-barking dogs that may either growl or howl, the New Guinea Breed produces a single note sound usually changes up and down a scale. The fluctuation of a sound note up and down a scale is commonly referred to as trilling.
When expressing happiness or dissatisfaction, this dog breed will either growl or produce musical rumbling. In terms of appearance, the New Guinea Singing Dog Breed has a thick medium length, the fur coat that are usually either be red, fawn or brown in color.
The dog’s head is slightly huge when compared to its body size while the legs are rather short and masculine which is one of the main reasons why many people say that this breed resembles a fox or wild Dingo.
Unlike the NGSD dog breed, Beagles are a fun loving dog breed that makes them suitable companions for both kids and adults.
Originally, beagles were exclusively used as scent hounds especially due to their exceptional sense of smell. In countries like the United States and many others, Beagles are still used to track and hunt small game such as rabbits. All in all, the nose is one of the most important features of the beagle breed.
Hence, the breeds head will always be down on the ground while searching for new leads and scents. Furthermore, it is important to note that beagles have close to two hundred and twenty million scent receptors unlike the 5 million found in humans.
Nonetheless, since beagles are hounds, they can be very stubborn at times. Hence, they will require a little bit of patience and very creative training modus operandi, from an individual who has a profound knowledge and exceptional skills in handling and training this unique dog breed.
Despite the fact that they are categorized as non-barking dogs, Beagles are still one of the loudest dog breeds in the world. Instead of the traditional barking, Beagles are widely known for producing three distinctive vocalizations with baying, which is the production of long, deep-toned voices in continuous successions being the most common.
Baying is very common among hounds and is an ideal way to let hunters and other dogs where they are when hunting or tracking.
Apart from hunting, Beagles also bay when they are super excited or when they are warning the owner that a strange person is within the vicinity. Furthermore, beagles can also bay when greeting a member of the family or when they see other dogs around.
Currently, Beagles are mostly used in airports and customs departments to detect any illegal substances or contrabands that may be hidden by travelers.
Commonly regarded as the Ferrari of the canine family, the greyhound dog breed can reach top speeds of 40-50 miles per hour. It is this incredible speed and exceptional eyesight that has made greyhounds ideal for hunting and chasing animals such as deer, hares and foxes and also a perfect fit for animal racing. Apart from hunting and racing, greyhounds are also used in various sports such as conformation, agility, lure coursing and obedience.
All in all, the greyhound is one of the many ancient dog, dating back to 2900 B.C and has its origin in Egypt. Greyhounds are perceived to be the descendants of the Arabian Sloughi dog breed and were first brought to America in the 1500’s by Spanish explorers.
Another outstanding feature of the greyhound is their intelligence and their strong sense to one’s tone. By combining their intelligence and their strong sense of one’s tone, the greyhound may choose to either listen or not listen to the dog owner especially if they sense they are stronger minded than the dog owner.
Due to definitive prey drive, Greyhounds must be well trained before being exposed to other pets since they may end up killing them when left alone.
As non-barking dogs, the greyhound dog breed will rarely bark though they may bark when playing with other dogs or when warning the owner of an intruder or impending danger.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Just as its name indicates, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was one of King Charles’s dog breed hence it was named after him. Despite being born and bred as a companion, the Cavalier still has the heart and instincts of a Spaniel hence can be trained to hunt.
Apart from being elegant and royal, the Cavalier King Charles dog breed is slightly longer than tall with a medium-length silky coat that has a slight wave.
Due to their gentle and reserved nature the Cavalier King will undeniably fit into any lifestyle and will make great indoor pets. Despite its friendly nature, the Cavalier King breed can also be very stubborn at times.
Barking is never an issue with the Cavalier King because they are non-barking dogs though they may choose to bark from time to time. All in all, the Cavalier King loves the company and gets very well with people and other pets as well.
Just like the Saluki breed, the Borzoi dog breed is among the very few dog that possess that unique yet intriguing supermodel look down. Since it has exceptional speeds, the Borzoi is an ideal hunting dog just like the gray hound.
Nonetheless, the Borzoi dog breed is not a suitable watchdog because it usually ignores visitors. In some cases, it can also ignore the dog owner though all this will also depend on the individual characteristic of each dog.
In some cases, many dog enthusiasts have come to the conclusion that the Borzoi is not as intelligent as they initially thought it was because it does not listen to commands. This is not the case because, the Borzoi breed chooses what command to respond to and what not to respond to.
The Borzoi dog breed is usually very tall and comes in different colors. Despite the fact that they can cope well in a small house, the Borzoi dog breeds will do extremely well in a larger house especially one that has ample space or ground.
The lifespan of the Borzoi is around ten years though others may live much longer and weigh up to 120 pounds. All in all, one of the main reasons why many dog owners prefer this dog breed is the dog’s reserved and non-barking nature. The Borzoi breed will only bark when playing with other dogs or when it’s anxious.
The Bull Terrier
Among the largest non-barking group of dogs, the Bull Terrier is the smallest with some weighing around 20 kilos while others were weighing 35 kilos.
Despite the fact that they are widely known for their extremely powerful bodies, this English breed is very mild. In fact, they have been nicknamed the white cavaliers because they do not start fights though they are usually able to finish them.
Furthermore close to a fifth of this dog breed are deaf while many others are prone to heart disorders, obesity, luxating Patella and skin allergies.
Like the Greyhound, the Bull Terrier has a very high prey instinct and may not do well with other pets especially those of a smaller size like cats. All in all, Bull Terriers live up to 10 years and are not a suitable pet for first-time dog owners.