Loud and Proud: 5 Dogs Bred to Bark

Before we brashly label certain dogs as barky, let’s defend the breeds hard-wired to bark. For after all, we humans have fostered some breeds’ barking tendencies for generations.

By | Posted: August 27, 2014, 8 a.m. PST

Before we brashly label certain dogs as barky, let’s defend the breeds hard-wired to bark. For after all, we humans have fostered some breeds’ barking tendencies for generations.

1. Shetland Sheepdog

The historical defense: Bred in the Shetland Islands to work alongside man, herd livestock, and keep a close watch over sheep, the Shetland Sheepdog is predisposed to bark for multiple reasons. Shelties were bred to protect sheep on remote sections of the islands, sometimes barking off large predator birds hoping to snatch a lamb (chop). Shelties also barked and herded unfenced livestock away from gardens. The island residents counted on Shelties as watchdogs, and developed them with the energy to work overtime.

Out of the dog’s mouth:  When a stranger is approaching, I feel an overwhelming desire to tell you, so I bark. I was also bred to be animated, and that means I will occasionally express my enthusiasm vocally.  And yes, sometimes I bark because you’re not keeping up. How am I supposed to pile on my agility titles if you don’t pick up the pace?  

 

Shetland Sheepdog

 

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2. German Shepherd Dog

The historical defense: The Shepherd was developed to guard, protect, and work with man. Captain Max von Stephanitz began developing the Shepherd from sheepdogs in the late 19th century for intelligence and utility. One of the most popular police and military dogs, Shepherds excel in protection, sentry duty, and guiding the sight-impaired as well. Committed to sounding an alarm and keeping intruders out, the Shepherd solemnly -- but not silently -- guards his home and family.

Out of the dog’s mouth: Yes I’m a top service and protection dog. Yes I bark. Get used to it.

 

German Shepeherd

 

 


3. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The historical defense: Bred to take charge of a barnyard, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi worked as heelers and drovers of livestock, kept barns rodent free, and led poultry to market. The Corgi’s keen hearing and work ethic made him a valuable farm supervisor. He kept an eye and an ear on his entire farmyard.

Out of the dog’s mouth: With my super-dog hearing and on-the-job attitude, it’s my job to alert the family (and sometimes the family’s larger guard dogs) of trouble, and then stand back while they take over. My bark is essential; most intruders won’t be intimidated by my appearance (and yes I’ve heard all the short leg jokes …!)

 

Corgi

 

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4. Redbone Coonhound

The historical defense: The Redbone Coonhound was equipped to excel not only in sports, but in sporting his flashy red coat. Master of land and water, the Redbone instinctively tracks and trees prey from raccoons to cougars and bears (oh my!). To inform his hunter of his position and relay the hunt's progress, the Redbone draws from his repertoire of vocal skills. Known for the melodious bay when he trees an animal, the Redbone also employs his vocal talents in the home.

Out of the dog's mouth: I'm a triple threat: I've got the hunting skills, the good looks, and the voice! Aroooo. Do you want to go hunting? Do you, do you, do you? Don't get mad. I'm baying for youuu.

 

Redbone Coonhound

 

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5. Parson Jack Russell

The historical defense: Bred in England as an ideal hunting dog, the Parson Russell Terrier has a tenacious spirit and boundless energy. He can excel in flyball, agility, earth dog competitions, and learning tricks. The Parson Russell, also a devout watchdog, won’t let the slightest happening escape him. Such watchfulness and limitless energy may segway into barking, and more barking.

Out of the dog’s mouth: I was bred to be vigilant and quick. I act quickly, run quickly, learn quickly, respond quickly, and bark quickly. Did I mention that I’m quick?

 

/images/dog-breeds/bred-for-a-reason/redbone.jpgRedbone Coonhound

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chris   International

5/16/2015 2:55:18 PM

My retriever, Barcus, should be mentioned. He barks every time a dog walks at the back of our house.

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