The 15 Loudest Dog Breeds

According to Pet WebMD, dogs bark for a number of reasons. They can bark because they’re territorial, because they’re suspicious, because they want to tell us something, or just because they enjoy barking. But even though all dogs do it, the loudest dog breeds bark much more than others.

If you live in a small house with close neighbors or in an apartment with a landlord who likes to keep things quiet, these dog breeds are probably not for you.

1. American Eskimo

American Eskimo Dog resting on grass.

They don’t when you leave them alone. | Blendshapes/iStock/Getty Images

Though small, American Eskimo dogs are mighty — especially when it comes to their bark. Because of their barking, lots of people have American Eskimo dogs as watch dogs. But, be warned, they don’t only bark when they think someone is intruding upon their home; they’ll also bark if you leave them home alone for too long. If you have to be out of the house for long periods of time during the day, this dog probably isn’t the best fit for you and your lifestyle.

 2. Akita

American akita puppy

They are very vocal. | Mikrykov

Though not an aggressive barker, Akita’s have a tendency to frequently voice their opinions. This shows up in the form of little grunts, moans, mumbles, and slight barks. Dog Time says that some owners say the Akita mutters under his breath and seems like he’s talking to himself. They also say an Akita will make his feelings known, whether about “how to load the dishwasher or when the children should be put to bed.”

3. Foxhound

American Foxhound in snow

They don’t fare well in the city. | Pro16productions/iStock/Getty Images

Foxhounds have a reputation for being a very musical breed. Dog Time describes their voices as “bell-like” and says their bays and howls can carry for miles. Thus, they’re another breed that isn’t the best for small homes with close neighbors or apartment-living. City living in general isn’t recommended for this breed.

4. Alaskan malamute

Alaskan Malamute

This breed is quite vocally expressive. | DevidDO/iStock/Getty Images

Alaskan Malamutes rarely actually bark, but they do like to talk with friends and family when given the chance. They’re quite expressive in their communication. They’ll let you know how they’re feeling with a sort of “woo woo” sound, according to Dog Time. They do have a tendency, though, to howl loud and proud, both as a form of release and communication. So, if you live in a small apartment or quiet neighborhood, one of these howlers probably isn’t right for you.

5. Labrador retriever

Beautiful labrador retriever dog in the park,

Without an outlet for their energy, they might bark. | Sanjagrujic/iStock/Getty Images

You don’t normally think of barking when you think of Labrador retrievers. But if they have pent-up energy, they can become some of the worst barkers. Labs were originally bred as working dogs. Therefore, they need lots of exercise (at least 30-60 minutes a day), and if they don’t get it, they can become restless and destructive. When a Lab is restless, it involves lots of barking and chewing.

6. American English coonhound

Maddie the Coonhound

They were hunting dogs. | Maddie the Coonhound via Instagram

Another poor choice for quiet homes with nearby neighbors, American English coonhounds are barkers. This could be due to the fact that American English Coonhounds were once bred to hunt through rough terrain in search of foxes and (as given away by their name) raccoons. When hunting, they’d frequently bark to communicate with their owners. Though these hounds aren’t really owned for the purpose of hunting foxes and raccoons anymore, their barking instinct has persisted.

7. Appenzeller sennenhunde

Appenzeller Sennenhunde

They are sometimes wary of strangers. | Wikimedia Commons/Christel Hust

Next on the list of the most noisy dogs is the Appenzeller sennenhunde. Appenzellers can be wary of strangers, which is why they make excellent guard dogs. They also make excellent guard dogs because they have a tendency to bark. But to keep them from barking an unreasonable amount, make sure to socialize them at an early age.

8. Puggle

Puggle Puppy

The beagle/pug mix is a bit noisy. | Wikimedia Commons/Melissa Shankman

Though puggles will bark when someone comes to the door, they are not watch dogs. Once inside, your visitor and your puggle will become fast friends. Though social and friendly, puggles get their barking and howling tendencies from their beagle parents. However, unless your landlord has a zero tolerance on barking, they can still work as apartment dogs because they love to be close to their family and don’t need a huge space to roam around in.

9. Australian shepherd

Australian shepherd

They need to blow off steam. | Bigandt_Photography/iStock/Getty Images

Australian shepherds make the list of loudest dogs because they’ll bark for long periods of time if they’re not getting the proper amount of exercise and mental stimulation. In fact, if Aussies aren’t getting the kind of stimulation they need, they can get pretty destructive, not just with their barking but with their overall behavior as well. If you don’t have the time and energy to make sure your Aussie gets enough exercise, this dog isn’t for you.

10. Australian terrier

Typical Australian Terrier in the spring garden

They are very protective. | CaptureLight/iStock/Getty Images

An Australian terrier’s hobbies include digging, chasing, and barking. Get ready to have your hands full with these little guys. Even though they’re small, they have the confidence of a much larger dog, and they bark like one, too. They’re watchful dogs who love to alert their owners if they ever feel something is amiss, which makes them great watchdogs. Australian terriers also love to be the boss, which can provoke their barking as well. If you aren’t careful, your Australian terrier might try to be the alpha in your relationship. To combat this, make sure they’re obedience-trained at an early age.

11. Basset hound

Dog Basset hound

Their howl is as normal as their floppy ears. | Coja1108/iStock/Getty Images

Though basset hounds are known for being lazy, relaxed dogs, they’re also known for their bark (or howl). They have a specific voice and communicate to their families with little moans and whines, especially when they want attention or are begging for food. Because they’re family dogs, they don’t appreciate being left alone for long periods of time. In fact, if they’re alone for too long, basset hounds will howl until their owners return. If you’re not home often and have close neighbors, this breed may not be the best fit for you.

12. Keeshond

Keeshond dogs

They warm up to you eventually. | Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Keeshonds bark when they’re suspicious of a stranger or when a new person enters their home. However, they’re such loving dogs that they tend to warm up to people quickly, even strangers. Though their initial bark may scare a potential intruder away, if he or she stuck around long enough, chances are, your keeshond would end up trying to make a new friend. So just because they bark doesn’t always mean they make great guard dogs. Additionally, if left alone, keeshonds will bark out of boredom. They’re companion dogs, so you’ll need to include them in family outings and activities.

13. Norwich terrier

Norwich Terrier in a garden

They are quite suspicious. | CaptureLight/iStock/Getty Images

Unlike lots of other small dogs, Norwich terriers aren’t particularly yappy dogs, but they do bark when they see something suspicious. Unfortunately, a lot of things are suspicious to a Norwich terrier. For this reason, they make good watch dogs. They also love to chase rodents, dig, and bark as a means of entertainment. If they don’t get their proper exercise, they will bark out of boredom and frustration.

14. Peekapoo

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These fluffballs are small dogs that can have yappy tendencies. Peekapoos will bark when they see something suspicious, they’ll bark when they want attention, and they’ll bark just for fun. And, though Peekapoos are small in size, their bark is surprisingly loud. They’re definitely not a quiet breed, but they make great watch dogs.

15. Vizsla

Hunting dog running through long grass

Hunting dog running through long grass | FiN85/iStock/Getty Images

Vizslas are incredible loving, loyal dogs. However, sometimes that love translates to being needy. If you aren’t spending enough time with your vizsla, giving him enough attention, or showing him enough love, he’ll let you know about it with little whines and moans. This breed loves to talk and communicate with you, and they’re especially vocal when they want to tell you something’s wrong. However, some vizslas can also become recreational barkers if you let them. Take care of this problem early on with proper obedience training.