Have you recently seen those funny dog videos where dogs talk back to their owner? Well, believe it or not, some dog breeds like talking and chit-chatting with you more than others.
Some say that they are sassy, others say that they are spoiled, but I believe that they just like the interaction and giving you feedback on everything you do.
Recent research |1| shows that there are evolutionary things, such as a better understanding of each other’s emotions happening between human and canine interaction in the last 10 years. Also, it is suggested that communication between us and dogs will prosper in the future!
Having the experience of being a dog walker and working with dogs for years, I present to you my list of the most talkative dog breeds!
1. Siberian Husky, The All-Time Winner
Based on my experience, the Siberian Husky is not only the most talkative dog, but also the dog that will motivate other dogs to talk, too.
Sometimes, they feel the need to respond to everything that you say, and add a little bit of spice to it. Their sassiness is often over the roof, and I firmly believe that they hide a little diva alter-ego behind those dark brown eyes.
I was walking a Siberian Husky for 10 months until its owner moved across the country. In those 10 months, Fiona would start howling, and then the other dogs would go off and follow her lead.
Trust me… it was a bit awkward to walk with 8 howling dogs at 7 AM. But, Fiona was having the time of her life, especially because she was doing something that I didn’t really like.
2. The Alaskan Malamute Is A Runner-up
Alaskan Malamutes come as second on my list since they are the 2.0 version of a Siberian Husky. These dogs like the pack-talk vibes even more than the Siberian Husky, but they are not as sassy as Huskies.
Often, if you have an Alaskan Malamute in a group of other dogs, he/she will tend to be the pack leader. And, that is displayed, as the research |2| says, by which the dog barks first and the most, when, for example, a new dog comes by.
These dogs won’t be afraid to show dominance, and all of the typical behavior that goes along with it.
Other than that, they get uncontrollably talkative when you stop petting them. I swear, these dogs are one of the most spoiled dog breeds when it comes to receiving affection.
They will talk back very angrily to you if you DARE to stop petting them, as you can see in the video below.
3. The Chihuahua Is Small, But Definitely Loud
These small dogs are known for their feisty attitudes that they like to show to the whole world. However, compared to the Alaskan Malamutes, Chihuahuas won’t be talkable only when they need your attention.
Chihuahuas are usually very anxious dogs that are alert at all times. They aren’t the type of dog that likes to ‘talk back’ to you. Chihuahuas are the ones that will talk on their own since they don’t need to be motivated to do it.
They will bark at you if you do something that is different than the usual things you do, they will bark at unknown people, they will bark at cars that pass by, they will bark at a loud noise… They will bark at anything.
From my personal experience, I can tell you that I was barked at for the first 3 months until my friend’s Chihuahua got used to me.
4. Basset Hounds Just Want You To Be Notified About… Everything
I had the opportunity to walk a Basset Hound on a daily basis for 4 years. Together with the Bloodhound, the Beagle, and the Boxer… the 4Bs as I always call them, they are the dogs that are the most vocal when they have too much energy.
As you probably know, Basset Hounds are bred to be working dogs that alert their owner whenever there is prey that needs to be tracked down.
Therefore, these dogs can, just as my dear Basset Hound that I walked, feel obligated to track down every smell that comes their way, and ALERT us that they are tracking it.
And, believe me… Boogie’s alerting skills were on a high level, and they don’t sound like regular dog barks.
Their barks are much deeper, and this particular Basset loved talking back to me, even with regular commands, such as ‘sit’ or ‘stay’. Scroll a bit lower to see the Basset Hound talking back!
5. Bloodhounds Are The Loudest Out Of These 10
Bloodhounds, another working hound, have a deeper, richer bark (some even say a howl or a yodel) than Beagles and Basset Hounds. As I have had the experience of walking this dog breed, too, I can confidently say that Bloodhounds are talkative.
From my experience, they make great family pets because they are loving, compassionate, and cuddly, and they frequently show a preference for children. Just as other hounds, these dogs enjoy being near their owner, and they may cry in sorrow if left alone.
But, what stands apart with Bloodhounds is the strong sound of their voice. Trust me… when the Bloodhound that I was walking talked back to me, sometimes I would just stay quiet for a second or two.
Why? Well, you can see here why. Sometimes, it would be just too early in the morning for a sound such as this one.
6. The Pomeranian Likes Protesting
Oooh, this I write from an annoying personal experience. My co-worker, who works with me on our webpage, our dear Sarah Anderson, the Vet assistant, has a Pomeranian.
We often spend our free time together. And, I kid you not… her Pomeranian, Lulu, is one of the most talkative dogs that I have ever encountered. Sometimes, she barks even when I am petting her. Why? I have no idea.
These dogs are sassy by nature, and just like Huskies, they have an inner diva. They love being spoiled, given baths, cuddled, and pampered. However, none of those things won’t go by without some talkative ‘behind the scenes’ activities.
Sometimes, Sarah and I can’t even talk because of how loud and consistent Lulu’s barks tend to be. It is almost as if she is sometimes mad at me because I am stealing her cuddle time from her and Sarah.
7. The Beagle Could Host A Talk Show
The beautiful, tri-color working and hunting dog is also on our most talkative dog breeds list. Charlie, the Beagle that I used to walk at the start of my career as a dog walker, was a conversation lover.
But, the catch with Charlie was that he used to become talkative only at the end of our walks whenever he sensed that we would reach his home in the next few minutes.
He would start barking, crying, and howling like crazy when we arrived in front of the house of his owner, and especially when he saw his owner.
For some, those would be loving sounds, while for others, terrifying.
8. The Pitbull Is Just Imitating You
From a person who owned a Pitbull for the majority of my life – these little cuddle bugs talk big-time. However, they will talk whenever you stop petting them. That is the catch with these cute little Bully dogs.
American Staffordshire Terriers, or Pitbulls, for short, are dogs that love you so much that they will even try to imitate the things you do. Often, they will try to talk with you, or talk back to you, as a form of showing you love and affection.
I would say that the Pitbull’s love language is definitely words of affirmation.
Needless to say, I have never been happier than when I was in the company of a Pitbull. Sometimes, their nagging when you stop petting them will be a bit boring, but love conquers all!
9. The Boxer Likes Telling Jokes
Boxers are the life of the party anywhere they go. Their goofy personality is something that can make every one of us smile.
When I walk Millie, she will have this half-growl whenever we go in a direction that she doesn’t want to go. Or, more precisely… in any direction that isn’t the one leading to the dog park.
Since she is a high-energy dog breed, she has all the time and energy to tell me if she doesn’t like something. Some days, I find that a bit annoying, but most of the time, whenever I fulfill her wishes, her nagging goes away.
Boxers, in general, like to talk back to their owner on various occasions. Some of those might be during the time she or he is anticipating treats, a walk, or anything that they like. Be sure that these goofballs will let you know that they are experiencing some emotions.
10. The Corgi Has Manners While Talking
As time goes by, it becomes clearer to me why Corgis were the beloved late Queen Elizabeth’s favorite dogs. They are small, but they compensate for their size with their huge personalities.
These cute fellas have distinct personalities that are very colorful, and the least to say, talkative. They love replying to everything and anything you say.
I walk Corgis on a daily basis since, for some reason, they are really popular in my neighborhood. And, what I have noticed is that sometimes, they will get tired and refuse to make an extra step, resulting in a vocal protest.
- |1| Miklósi, Á. Evolutionary approach to communication between humans and dogs. Vet Res Commun 33 (Suppl 1), 53–59 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11259-009-9248-x
- |2| Pongrácz, P., Vida, V., Bánhegyi, P., & Miklósi, Á. (2007). How does dominance rank status affect individual and social learning performance in the dog (canis familiaris)? Animal Cognition, 11(1), 75–82. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10071-007-0090-7