The 10 Most Talkative Dog Breeds

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Have you ever wondered whether some dogs gossip? Or whether some dog breeds do so more than others? You know, the dogs who like to hear their own voices, speak their minds — the talkative dogs? My guess is that these chatty canines do indulge in the exchange of personal information with the other talkative dogs in the apartment building or in the house next door. And don’t even get them started at the dog park — a talkative dog is bound to air his grievances and catch up on the local lowdown for hours at this social gathering. And why shouldn’t he? Talkative dogs have every right to broadcast their opinions and share their thoughts.

But talkative dogs don’t limit themselves to canine chitchat — they like to expound on things (such as the fact that their owner left an hour ago and still isn’t home); explain a situation (such as their food bowl being empty); and express themselves (such as dramatically reciting the Dog Bill of Rights). Many talkative dogs also like to keep their owners up-to-date on their lives, yapping happily away throughout dinner, on a walk, and sometimes at 3:00 a.m., when they remember something they forgot to mention earlier.

What Makes a Dog Breed Talkative?

There are many reasons a dog has the gift of gab. Here are some “talkative dog types,” which show up in talkative dog breeds:

  1. Bluffers: When a teeny dog barks incessantly at a bigger dog, the teeny dog is usually bluffing his way through the encounter, hoping to convince the bigger dog that he has what it takes to hold his own.
  2. Brave Hearts: These are the same dogs as Bluffers, only they believe they can take on anything, even the family cat.
  3. Attention Grabbers: These dogs tend toward jealousy, and a new family member or a guest can trigger their effusiveness.
  4. Nervous Types: These dogs are usually easily disturbed by sounds or sudden movement, and vocalize their displeasure.
  5. Complainers: Some dogs complain all the time; others choose specific instances such as when you clean, when you paint your toenails, or when you talk on the phone.
  6. Bored Stiffs: You can’t expect a naturally talkative dog to keep quiet if he’s left alone for too long.
  7. Gossips: This is fanciful, of course, but if you’ve ever had a talkative dog that sits next to you and actually converses with you, you’d feel that, indeed, secrets were being shared.

Why Some People Love Talkative Dog Breeds

We don’t all want to sit in eerie quiet all the time, wondering what our dog is thinking. Some people like to have the sound of a loquacious canine filling the house, letting them know they are not alone and that things are happening. Lovers of talkative dogs will tell you that it masks the habit of talking to yourself, because someone always answers back. Talkative dogs are outgoing, gregarious extroverts, and they are usually friendly, engaging, and make wonderful companions.

Why Some Dog Breeds Are Talkative

Well, the silent types tend to be the bigger types (note: “tend”). The larger a dog, usually the less vocal — think of a Tibetan Mastiff or a Great Dane. Quite a few of the larger dog breeds were bred as guard dogs, which meant they were meant to be imposing and had to be prepared to take someone down. Silence goes with these traits. On the other hand, many smaller dog breeds were bred to be watchdogs, which meant they were supposed to warn their owners of intruders and also discourage intruders with their noise. There are other reasons as well.

  1. Experience: Over the years of development, a dog learns his place in the modern dog pack, which includes many breeds and sizes. A breed that develops as an alpha tends to be more vocal in order to give commands and to keep everyone in his place. Think of a dog park.
  2. Original Purpose 1: If a dog was bred to just be a lapdog, that breed is likely more vocal, as he has been indulged since his beginning.
  3. Original Purpose 2: Dogs bred to run prey down, such as Hounds and Terriers, tend to be more vocal, as do watchdogs.
  4. Distance from Original Purpose: Conversely, dog breeds that were not originally bred to be noisy can become talkative breeds when they’re redirected to a more sedentary and “boring” lifestyle. (See Bored Stiffs, above.)
  5. Wildcard: Some breeds are talkative even though they don’t have the traits of a talkative breed.

The 10 Most Talkative Dog Breeds (My opinion, feel free to weigh in below.)

  1. Yorkshire Terrier: This breed may be small but he has the heart of a Terrier, which means confrontation comes naturally, and he’s very vocal about most situations.
  2. Chihuahua: This tiny breed was originally bred to be a sacred figure and also a lapdog. They appear to remember the time when they were bowed to, and demand the attention due them.
  3. Beagle: A Hound — enough said. While lumbering over fields in packs, Beagles bark or bay as a part of their job to signal the owners of their whereabouts and out of pure excitement.
  4. Dachshund: Long in body and loud in voice. He has a lot to talk about, considering he was bred not only to hunt prey his own size (such as rabbits) but also wild boar and deer.
  5. Australian Shepherd: This herding breed barks while he works to direct his herd. Both his herding skills and working voice tend to show up in his role as companion dog.
  6. Rat Terrier: Another Terrier who is very vocal, especially if left alone too much. Rat Terriers were bred to run rats to the ground and often worked in packs, communicating with one another by barking.
  7. Standard Schnauzer: Despite his origin as a guard dog, which usually indicates a silent type, this dog is very talkative.
  8. Siberian Husky: The Siberian Husky was bred to pull sleds and live together in packs. They howl more than bark and often also say “Woowoowoo.” They are a talkative breed because they need to communicate throughout their work.
  9. West Highland White Terrier: Westies are more known for the loudness of their bark than their gregariousness, but they do have a talkative nature. Again, as Terriers, they were bred to be noisy as part of their job. They’re also jolly little creatures who just like to express their mirth.
  10. American Foxhound: Another Hound who was bred to work in packs and used barking in that work. The American Foxhound is a more moderate talker, but you never know when you’ll be jolted by his powerful bay.

Whether a dog is talkative is not solely based on his breed. Certain factors in his life can either make a talkative dog more talkative or actually make a quiet dog talkative. These include:

  1. Owner Encouragement: If you want to encourage your dog to be talkative, reward him when he barks. If you want to discourage a barking dog, reward him when he’s quiet.
  2. Lack of Socialization: If a dog is overly communicative, especially around other dogs, it could be a sign of poor socialization.
  3. Environment: If a dog lives in a noisy household, he is more likely to raise his voice to get noticed. A lot of commotion, with kids running around and adults bickering, will often encourage or create a talkative dog.

If you own a talkative dog, you know the benefits of having a canine conversationalist at home, despite what some family members or neighbors may think. Dogs do not live in a silent world, and many adapt freely to a noisy environment. If you’d rather not live with a gabby canine, there’s always the Basenji.

Editor’s Note: What breeds would you add to this list? Do you live with a talkative pup? We want to hear all about it.

29 thoughts on “The 10 Most Talkative Dog Breeds”

  1. My min poodle loves to talk, whine, cry, you name it, we had him since he was 6 weeks and grew up with my 3 kids so no doubt he had to be loud to vie for my attention, lol. But he’s the most vocalist dog I ever had and not just barking, he cries to me all the time about everything! I swear if he could talk human he would!

  2. We have a chi- weenie But not just parks but talks! He barks joyously at the dogs next-door, or when somebody comes to the house. But he also makes very expressive sounds good let you know what he’s thinking! He Howells and cries when we leave the house. And you could swear he’s yelling mommy!

  3. I have a standard schnauzer, which I know is on the list. He’s the best dog and loves to talk to me. I absolutely love it and it’s so sweet & I think he knows it. He even mimics the word “mom-ma” when he’s really trying to get my attention or tell me its time to wake up and start our day of fun together. My sweet baby, Bentley, is the best thing that has ever happened to me and I’m so glad I have a talkative dog!

  4. my son and i have a rescue lab mix. we have had to other labs that didnt talk. she starts out whinning and barking, but if that doesnt make you do what she wants then the talking starts. at first it was cute and funny not so much any more. ive noticed from the comments everyone is talking about a rescue dog. is that the norm for rescues

  5. My boyfriend lost his long time buddy, a blue heeler named Tug, 3 years ago. Tug was quite a talker. Shortly after the loss, my bf was given a puppy which after researching what breed she may be we came up with the breed, McNab. She, TugII, is an amazing dog! Such a great companion, smart and dedicated., there’s only a small issue, she will talk our ears off! We recently got a new member, Paisley, a Lab mix, she gets free speech lessons! Put the McNab on the list, they belong on it!

  6. I have a Shih Tzu, and we talk all the time. He can carry on a barking conversation, A growing conversation, Also a whine conversation and growing. People just look with amazement at the sounds he makes.

  7. We have a pit mix that seldom barks but makes a hundred different noises sometimes I think just to hear himself. He was a rescue and a super dog completely unlike the stereotypical image you here about.

  8. My dog is a female Rhodesian. Very vocal and a reason some people give them up. Yet she doesn’t bark. Wonderful but dominant pet. Take an alpha person to control.

    1. I too had a Rhodesian, female. She was a handful of dynamite!! They will tell you what you will be doing for the day……. WHATEVER THEY WANT YOU TO DO!! LOL

  9. I have a rescue ACD/Kelpie girl about 12 months old now. I have always had working dogs because of their intelligence and loyalty. ….. But…..Bonnie is the only one that is an A grade talker…… it seems she must announce when a family member gets out of bed, comes home in the car, gets meals ready or when she is being corrected……..the chat consists of various length and pitch…….woooo………woo……..wooooooo’s. She gets the perfect little circle on her mouth. I have heard her have full blown conversations with my hubby and grandson……it can be hilarious to listen to but she seems so earnest. Basically I think she’s trying to organise the family……

    1. Old Rockin’ Dave

      My Cairn loves to talk too, but her entire vocabulary consists of one word: “BarK!” She is loud too. Her bark is routinely about 65 decibels and in an enclosed space is deafening. She can also get much, much louder than that, ringing the doorbell chimes or echoing off a building at least a hundred yards away. And of course, being a Cairn, she loves to hear herself bark. Sometimes she wants to go out in the yard to bark and I think it’s at nothing in particular – she just hasn’t gotten in all her barking for the day. If a dog barks anywhere near her, she has to answer it back and bark it into silence.
      She has her quirks, and one of them is that she’s the only dog that adores the mailman. If she’s outside when our regular mailman comes, she will jump right into his truck. She feels the same way about the regular UPS driver too.

  10. My black lab mix mutt usually wouldn’t actually bark, just snap her jaws together, if that didn’t get our attention she’d add some vocalizations to the snap until we finally addressed her needs, usually she was just asking to be let outside.

  11. I have a coonhound mix who is THE most vocal dog I’ve ever met. He howls, barks, whines (sometimes he sounds like he needs oil…lol), he has his “going to the dog park” song…the “I want what you’re eating” voice…and this weird “whoo wooo wooo” thing. I wouldn’t be surprised if he started talking.
    He loves other dogs but is VERY wary of two legged critters until he know them. His routine at the dog park for a human he hasn’t met is to circle them howling like a banshee…luckily he’s cute!
    I got him as a rescue at 4 months, he was supposedly born in foster care…I heard him before I saw him…lol!

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  13. We have a rescue pit bull and she is very talkative now. When we first got her she didn’t bark talk and was shy. Understandably because of what she had endured before we got her. Now we’ve had her for 3 years and is the sweetest dog and is very talkative and very affectionate. Dogs are just amazing animals and how they learn to trust and love humans again after being abused by one. We just love her so much and we know she loves us.

  14. Add. American eskimos to that list. My dog is very vocal. Runs her mouth all the time. Its funny sometimes. She has alot of energy and still wears herself out.

      1. Actually, there is a breed of dog known as an American Eskimo. They are all white and relatively small. The proper term for tribal people of Alaska and Canada is Inuit.

  15. Autumn Nichelson

    I have a rescue pit lab mutt mix and he is super vocal, he will stomp his front feet and “brrrruuugggh” anytime he wants attention or to go for a walk it gets louder and longer if I carry on with back with him. On the flip side my beagle only barks at a knock on the door or when she spots a cat, squirrel, or any other game she wants to chase.

  16. Laura Evans Flihan

    I have two Great Pyrenees that bark if the wind blows. After I got the dogs, they were rescues I read up on how much they like to talk and they are extremely talkative and bossy! Extremely bossy.

    1. Leslie Wetmore of SC

      I have a Great Pyr and as far as barking, she only barks when people come on our land that she doesn’t know. Call me crazy, but over the years she has actually picked up on how to make vocal sounds that sounds just like words. (How are you?, Where have you been?, Where are you going?, &my favorite I LOVE YOU!) I guess because we treat our dogs like humans and talk to them as such, the love has really paid off. I’d rather talk to my dogs most of the time than anyone else. They are loyally loving always!

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