They may be man (or woman’s) best friend, but even the most devoted of pet lovers will admit that their pooch can be a naughty at times. However, new research has shown that some breeds may misbehave more than others – if you take barking to be misbehaving, that is.
The data was collated by smartphone camera company Furbo, who asked users of their product, which allows owners to keep an eye on their dogs when they’re home alone, to find out which breeds barked most often. Based on the figures, they came up with a ‘naughty’ and a ‘nice’ list – with Samoyeds coming out as the noisiest pups of all, barking on average of 52.8 barks a day.
Closely behind was Yorkshire Terriers, with 23.6 barks per day, and poodles, with 22.2 per day. The best-behaved dogs, on the other hand? Gentle giants Bernese Mountain Dogs, who only bark an average of 3.1 times every 24 hours.
The Naughtiest Dog Breeds (Most Barks Per Day)
Samoyed – 52.8 barks
Yorkshire Terrier – 23.6 barks
Poodle – 22.2 barks
Bichon Frise – 20.3 barks
Doberman – 19.6 barks
The Nicest Dog Breeds (Least Barks Per Day)
Bernese Mountain Dog – 3.1 barks
West Highland Terrier – 3.5 barks
Shetland Sheepdog – 6.1 barks
American Staffordshire Terrier – 6.2 barks
Shiba Inu – 8.1 barks
However, the survey should be taken with a pinch of salt, as there are various reasons why a dog may bark, and it’s not necessarily because they’re acting out. Pet WebMD points out that dogs often yell when they’re alarmed, frightened, lonely, or territorial, as well as seeking or attention or simply greeting or playing with you.
‘Once you know why your dog is barking, you can start working on ways to decrease his annoying habit,’ they add. So, if your furry friend is noisier than most, try to understand the reasons behind the barks, and consult with your vet or an animal behaviourist if you’re concerned.
After all, silence is sometimes more concerning, as some pups only go truly quiet when they’re up to mischief…