Top 10 Talkative Dog Breeds
The sighs, the moans. The grunts, the groans. What exactly is your dog trying to tell you and why are some better at “vocalizing” their needs than others?
According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the most obvious reason your dog is sounding off is simply because he wants something from you: maybe its to be let out into the yard, or that you refill his water bowl, or he may just want to get your attention for a little cuddle.
Truth is, in addition to his vocalizations there are a few other factors to consider before you scratch his head and throw him another treat. Body language, physical behavior and your history with him are just a few.
For example, let’s take a whining dog. If it’s incessant, consider:
- Is his body language saying that he wants you to follow him? In following him, do you end up directly in front of his treat jar? That could be construed as nuisance whining and you may want to put a figurative (and literal) lid on it sooner than later.
- Does his behavior suggest he is getting antsy? Whining and pacing to be let out means he’s got to go. If you’ve just been out for your afternoon walk, he may have a bowel or bladder problem that needs to be checked out.
- Is he afraid of thunder, fireworks, or other loud noises? If he’s whining and/or cowering without obvious provocation, he may be anxious about something you can’t hear just yet. Respond appropriately by letting him seek shelter and providing comfort.
Remember, dogs were originally pack animals and their only means of communicating with one another was through vocalization that included barking, growling or howling across a vast wilderness. But while his primal instincts haven’t changed, his living conditions have. You’re his pack now and because living quarters are a tad tighter, he’s been able to perfect his approach to connecting with you. You know, that direct eye contact thing he does when he needs you to listen!
Now, when choosing our top 10 chatty breeds, we weren’t looking for yappy dogs who are easily set off. We also weren’t looking for watchdogs that bark deeply and frequently on provocation (or even perceived provocation). We’re talking about those breeds that can have a meaningful conversation with their pet parent without ever saying a word (human word, that is). The ones who know just what to say and how to say it, in order to push the right buttons. Intrigued? Let’s take a peek:
- Siberian Husky
If you’ve ever watched the myriad YouTube videos posted by owners of this extremely talkative pooch, you already know the multitude of sounds that can come out of this big boy’s mouth. Particularly when he isn’t getting his way. But what might surprise you is that this ultra-fuzzy sidekick is not really big on barking. It’s true: he actually barks less than most other breeds of dog. But, when he has a story to tell, you’ll find he is quick to whine, howl or emit sounds that could – if you close your eyes and listen – be construed as human words. (Photo credit: ANURAK PONGPATIMET/Shutterstock)
2. Yorkshire Terrier
You might be thinking this isn’t a chatty dog at all; he’s a yapper. And you’d be right and wrong at the same time. You see, Yorkie’s consider themselves to be big dogs that are ready, willing, and able to take on anything and anyone. From squirrels to Rottweilers, he’ll never shy away from a fight… and may even pick one himself. Strangers don’t stand a chance. He’s loyal, loving, and considers you his partner in crime so how else can he tell you when he has something on his mind than by looking you straight in the eye and giving you a mouthful. (Photo credit: Przemek Iciak/Shutterstock)
Not only is this dog a vocal communicator, but he’s also always close at hand so there’s no danger you’ll miss out on what he’s saying. Yes, he’s known as the “velcro” dog because of his instant attachment to his pet parent. Which, of course, means your days of sneaking a snack during a commercial break are now over. This pooch is notorious for applying moans, whines, grunts, and howls when he’s trying to let you know what he wants. And when the American Kennel Club brands a dog as “sometimes manipulative”, you just know he’s found a way to put his chatty talents to good use. (Photo credit: Ivanova N/Shutterstock)
Where do we begin? This small, affable hunting dog is renowned for his bay – which is an instinctive mechanism that lets other dogs know that he has picked up a scent. Now, if you don’t know what baying sounds like, think of a howl, but longer, lower, and really drawn out. And domestic situations are no different. He’s still inclined to throw his head back and let her rip when he gets excited, sees a stranger, wants out, wants in… you get the picture. Because its hard to ignore a dog emitting this type of sound, he knows how to communicate the message – attention here, please. (Photo credit: Przemek Iciak/Shutterstock)
Bred to pull sleighs, these big beautiful pooches are not only powerful in physique but strong-willed in nature. And when they want your attention, they know how to get it. Yes, they have perfected the art of vocalization with sounds that can range from snorting and chirping to grumbling, and even yodeling. Like the Siberian Husky, they aren’t necessarily a heavy-barking dog, but they are ready to have a conversation with you in any language you prefer – how about a snort, howl and grumble to let you know they want another treat? Now – before he breaks into a yodel. (Photo credit: elbud/Shutterstock)
6. German Shepherd Dog
Okay, so not all chatty dogs like to babble. Some like to look you straight in the eye and begin a slow boil that rises to a whine. If you’ve got a German Shepherd dog, you know what I mean. Is it frustration? Or disappointment that his human pack aren’t as enthusiastic about going to the dog park as he is? This handsome boy always seems to have a sense of urgency to his vocal communication style and he will be unrelenting until you respond. Aside from the fact it can become annoying, it also works, which is why he’s one of our more effective chatty breeds. (Photo credit: Happy monkey/Shutterstock)
7. Miniature Schnauzer
Small, dignified, and dapper in appearance, it should come as no surprise that this feisty little breed tends to keeps his chatter down to an “as needed” basis. But when he feels it’s needed, look out. In spite of his mini stance, he can easily slip into his big dog persona when he wants something and feels its important for you to be aware. In fact, he is known to position himself front and center, cranking out urgent, annoyed sounds to let you know that he won’t be ignored. While he may sound like a handful, his chatty messages are often just his need for a cuddle or ear scratch. Err… now, please. (Photo credit: Elena11/Shutterstock)
For those who have never lived with this pint-sized provocateur, they probably assume this is just another yappy breed with small dog syndrome. But this little Mexican tamale only has eyes for his pet parent and all that yipping is small talk designed to communicate with his favorite human. It’s not gratuitous, it’s a message that he is happy to run back and forth, relaying again and again just to ensure it’s been heard. He just loves you and is advising you that he’s ready to step up and protect his home turf as needed. (Photo credit: PITAKSUNTI/Shutterstock)
Did you know that Dachshunds are the only breed known to hunt both above and below ground? So, it makes perfect sense that this low-slung, little dog is not only expert at effectively communicating back to his human partner, but that he probably has an inherent expectation to receive feedback from same. Right? Well, no surprise that this scrappy little pooch is not only quick to share his opinions but that he can be outright demanding when it comes to getting a response to the affirmative. Not one to be ignored, his stubborn streak will earn you an earful if you don’t play along. (Photo credit: Csanad Kiss/Shutterstock)
10. Shiba Inu
Owners of this confident dog know that he’s quite comfortable delivering his message in any range of vocalizations. Grunts, snorts, whines. And if you still aren’t paying attention, he’s known to resort to screaming. Yes, it’s loud, it’s high-pitched and it makes it impossible to ignore his demands. While it may sound distressing by design, it doesn’t mean he’s upset or hurt. It can slip out when he’s excited, happy to see you, or just wanting to be let out into the yard. For this pooch, oral communication with his people is one of his favorite past-times and it means he’s definitely one of our chattier pooches. (Photo credit: Rin Seiko/Shutterstock)
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