October 08 2019

Pugs do not generally bark a lot and are usually a relatively quiet dog breed except for the occasional yodel, snort or reverse-sneeze.

When choosing a dog breed for a companion it is important to know how much they bark.  Our living situation as well as those around us, and our ability to handle excessive or unusual noises will impact our decision in selecting a dog.

pug enjoying being groomed

Will a Pug Bark a Lot? If So, How Much?

No, a pug won’t bark a lot.  They are not known for being constant yappers, but they do bark from time to time when there is a need or want to do so.  When they do decide to bark it can be quite loud and they have a variety of unusual sounds that will come out from time to time.  There barking can sound like tiny yip-yaps and a slight yodeling sound.  The yodel can be more evident when they are excited or if a strange person or visitor comes to their home. 

Every dog will bark as a form of communication with those around them.  It might be a welcoming bark, scared bark, or even a bark of excitement.  Whatever the bark, it is a normal and important part of a dog’s ability to communicate their needs, wants, thoughts and feelings.

While every dog will bark sometimes, excessive or continual barking can be an indication that a dog’s needs or wants aren’t being met.  The basic needs of love and affection, bathroom breaks, exercise, playtime, food and water and sleep are the first areas to check.  If all these areas are being taken care of on a regular basis then investigation into other areas, such as what is going on in their immediate environment can sometimes help resolve this issue.

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What Other Noises Besides Barking Doe a Pug Make?

They snort regularly and almost always snore when they sleep.

These sounds as well as their unique yipping and yodeling bark are the result of the structure of their face and how it effects their respiratory tract and breathing.  Most people know them as the dog that has a pushed in face, but this cute and adorable face structure changes the sound they will make to be different than other dogs.

There is also another unique sound that most new owners find surprising.  It’s known as a reverse-sneeze that is described as combining a sudden gasp and a snort that is then followed by a clear honking sound.  This reverse-sneeze is also a by-product of their special face structure.

This sound and the physical action that comes with the reverse-sneeze helps clear the mucus from their airway so they can continue to breath properly and will happen from time to time.   This is a normal process for a pug and shouldn’t be cause for concern.  It should be noted however that if this happens often the pug should visit their veterinarian for a check-up.

pug licking

Can a Pug Be Trained to Not Bark?

Yes, a pug can be trained to bark less but since they don’t bark much it shouldn’t be necessary.

All dogs will become vocal sometimes, each breed and individual dog is unique in this regard.

Obedience training is always a good for every dog teaching them what is acceptable indoor behaviors.  This training can help reduce barking, scratching, digging, eating off the table and other unsavory behaviors.

Unfortunately, the pug can be difficult to train whether it is decreasing indoors noises or eating off the table.  This breed is easily distracted and sometimes a bit of a rebel, if they get bored it is best to take a break or switch up the training.   They will need lots of praise and the owner must be hard working and consistent with them.

Showing a pug who is the one in charge and that their difficult behaviors don’t belong in the home are the important first step to properly training them.  Be consistent and only offer praise and rewards when they behave properly.

With the reward of treats (who doesn’t love those?), the pug will likely need extra activity.  We offer a variety of ideas for activities that you and your pug can do together such as Kayaking with Your Dog – A Guide for Active Dog Owners.

Dog Obedience Hut has a great article about teaching dogs not to bark How To Train A Dog Not To Bark by Chris Smith

Barking and Dog Breeds

There are certain questions to consider about barking before selecting any breed of dog that include:

  • Will excessive barking effect neighbors?
  • Is anyone in the home sensitive to the noise of barking?
  • Is there time to address issues related to excessive barking?

These are just a few questions that can start the process of selecting the right dog.  When combining these questions with other about physical traits, emotional temperament and mental strengths, they can help determine which dog breed it the right one to choose.

Will Excessive Barking Effect Neighbors?

This question is important to the overall well-being of the dog and their human family.  If they will be living in an apartment or close quarters with others it might be best to select a dog that doesn’t bark very much.  If they will live in a large country home with lots of acreage around them, this won’t be such an issue.

Is Anyone in the Home Sensitive to the Noise of Barking?

This question is necessary to assisting the human family select the right breed based on how each family member will handle the noises a dog might make.  If someone in the family doesn’t handle excessive or continual noises very well it is best to select a dog that barks very little.  If there are children in the family, it is likely that a barking dog will fit right in.

Is There Time to Address Issues Related to Excessive Barking?

This question is vital to helping a busy family or individual select the right dog breed.  Dogs who tend to bark a lot might need more training than others, meaning investing more time and energy into their obedience.  If the individual or family doesn’t have that much time, selecting a breed of dog that doesn’t bark much or require a lot of training will be best.

In Conclusion

Communication is important in life, even for a pug.  Thankfully these lovable cuties don’t bark too much, but they do have some unusual and endearing sounds that an owner can have mixed emotions about.

When it comes to barking, training might be necessary for some dogs but not the rebellious but affectionate pug.  Plenty of love and attention are all the communication they need to feel satisfied and happy!

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