Top 10 Yappy Dog Breeds

Big yips come out of little packages! Need proof? Take a look at the barkers on our top 10 yappy dog breeds list. They’ve all got something to say, and they’re not shy about speaking their minds!

“Who’s that at the door?” “What’s that across the street?” “Did you see the way that dog was looking at me?” These are probably the things that dogs are telling us when they bark – but that doesn’t mean that we need to always know what’s on their minds. There are times they should keep their thoughts to themselves. But not so with these yappy dog breeds! They need to let you know what’s going on, at all times. The fact of the matter is that some dogs simply bark more than others and it often doesn’t take much to set them off – a squirrel running through the yard, another dog passing on the sidewalk, or something as simple as boredom.

If you’re looking for a dog that keeps his thoughts to himself (most of the time), avoid the pooches on our top 10 yappy dog breeds list:


The Dachshund is known for its long body, short stubby legs, and yippy bark – it’s also the smallest of the hound breeds. It may be due to its development as a small game hound that makes this breed so noisy – it doesn’t hesitate to sound off loudly at anyone or anything they find suspicious.

Some fun facts about Dachshunds:

  • They were originally bred to hunt badgers. Dachshund is German for Badger Dog.
  • They come in standard and miniature sizes. The standards can weigh up to 35 pounds and hung wild boars too!
  • Believe it or not–though their long bodies look like a hot dog, the original name for the hot dog was the Dachshund Sausage. That means the dog came before it’s common “Weiner Dog” moniker!
  • A Dachshund was the first Olympic Mascot!


Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer is a unique-looking dog and its small size makes it popular among apartment-dwellers. Unfortunately, this breed has a tendency to bark at just about everything. He may not be popular with the neighbors, but his good nature may be enough to win them over.

Fun Facts:

  • There are three sizes of Schnauzer. The miniature came from the standard size, and it’s the most popular of the three.
  • Unlike many other terrier breeds that come from the British Isles, the Miniature Schnauzer came from Germany.
  • They used to be called Wirehaired Pinschers.


Jack Russell Terrier

This breed is known for its energy and lively personality – it is also known for being one of the yappiest small-breed dogs. Jack Russell Terriers require a good deal of training to handle their energy and spirit but they can be a fun breed to own.

Fun Facts:

  • They used to be primarily known for hunting foxes.
  • Though they’re small, they’re mighty jumpers! They can jump up to five feet (or higher, sometimes!).
  • They have personalities that will bowl you over, but you can’t help but LOVE!

( Marilyn Peddle/Flickr)

Yorkshire Terrier

When you think of yappy dogs, the Yorkshire Terrier is probably one of the breeds you picture. These little dogs have boisterous personalities and long, silky fur. They also have a tendency to bark at just about anything.

Fun Facts:

  • That they’ll bark at just about everything is one of the reasons they used to be great watchdogs!
  • They were originally bred to be working dogs who chased rats.
  • They’re consistent world-record holders for the title “Smallest Dog”.
  • They’re born different colored as puppies than they are as adults.


Boston Terrier

The Gentleman of the dog breeds, the Boston Terrier will carry on a conversation with everyone he meets. He must love the sound of his own bark, because he always has something important to say.

Fun Facts:

  • They were originally bred from the now-extinct white English Terriers
  • They were fighting dogs before dogfighting was illegal in Great Britain, and that’s when breeding began for smaller sizes.
  • They started off as American Bull Terriors.

( daphenator/Flickr)

Basset Hound

The sound this breed makes is closer to a howl than a yappy bark, but the breed is still known for being fairly noisy. Basset Hounds are trained to howl when they quarry their prey and they may exhibit this habit frequently at home.

Fun Facts:

  • Their name comes from their size! Bassett (bas) means ‘low’ in French.
  • Their sense of smell is second only to Bloodhounds in the canine world.
  • Their long, floppy ears are what bring smells to their nose to help that sense of smell.

( Jon Buscall/Flickr)


You probably aren’t surprised to see the Chihuahua on the list of yappiest dog breeds. If you’ve ever come into contact with this breed you understand this first-hand. Chihuahuas have big personalities packed into their tiny bodies and they aim to prove it with their bark.

Fun Facts:



The Pomeranian is one of the smallest breeds of dog and it’s clever. This breed may be small, but he feels and acts like a bigger dog – this includes barking at anything that stands between him and his family.

Fun Facts:

  • They were originally bred from big sled dogs. True story.
  • Famed Protestant Leader Martin Luther had a Pomeranian he wrote about frequently.
  • Mozart dedicated an aria to his Pomeranian Pimperl

( Cameron Yee/Flickr)

Miniature Pinscher

This breed may not look as intimidating as its full-size counterpart, but it still tries to act tough. The Miniature Pinscher makes a great watchdog due to its tendency to bark at anything that moves, just keep in mind that this dog can be a bit stubborn at times.

Fun Facts:

  • Min Pins are class clowns and enjoy entertaining humans.
  • They have a high-stepping gait like no other breed.
  • They’re descendants of the gangly but gorgeous Italian Greyhounds.

( Toshihiro Gamo/Flickr)


Like the Basset Hound, the Beagle may not be a “yappy” breed but he definitely isn’t quiet. This breed has been known to howl along to sirens and to bark when anyone comes to the door.

  • A beagle named Elvis was trained to ‘smell’ pregnancy in polar bears!
  • Their ears help them smell too!
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson had three beagles–Him, Her and Hoover.


Kate Barrington
Kate Barrington

Kate Barrington is the loving owner of two cats (Bagel and Munchkin) and a noisy herd of guinea pigs. Having grown up with golden retrievers, Kate has a great deal of experience with dogs but labels herself a lover of all pets. Having received a Bachelor's degree in English, Kate has combined her love for pets and her passion for writing to create her own freelance writing business, specializing in the pet niche.

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