Having a dog that barks a lot can be very frustrating. When many people are searching for a new addition to their family barking is usually a trait that is considered. Do Pomeranians bark a lot?
Pomeranians are known for being vocal little dogs. A Pomeranian often becomes very attached to its owner a can express itself with cheerful barking at greetings and defensive barking at signs of threats. Although Pomeranians are prone to barking they are very intelligent and can be trained.
In this article, I cover all things concerning barking Pomeranians. Why do dogs bark, what are the different types of barks, and how to deal with a Pomeranian that barks too much?
- Do Pomeranians Bark A Lot
- Why Do Dogs Bark
- How Do Pomeranians Use Barking To Communicate
- What Are The Different Types Of Barks
- What Causes A Pomeranian To Bark Excessively
- What Can You Do When Your Pomeranian Barks A Lot
- What Determines A Dog That Barks A Lot
- 15 Dog Breeds That Bark The Most
- 7 Dog Breeds That Bark The Least
- Final Thoughts
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Do Pomeranians Bark A Lot
Pomeranians are suspicious by nature with larger-than-life personalities, this can lead to a dog that is prone to barking. Don’t fret, Pomeranians are very intelligent and can be trained to be perfect little angels.
Why Do Dogs Bark
Dog use barking as one of their main ways of communicating with people and other animals.
Barking is just one of many ways dogs communicate vocally. They also communicate vocally through growling, whining, howling, whimpers, yips, pants, and sighs.
Besides vocal communication dogs also use many physical cues.
- Head position
- Mouth shape
- Ear position
- Tail position and movement
- Body stance
The last way that dogs communicate is through scent and pheromones.
Dogs will use vocal communication, body language, and scent alone or in combination to communicate.
How Do Pomeranians Use Barking To Communicate
In a moment I will dive deep into the different types of barks that dogs use to communicate but first I want to share my experience with Pomeranians and how they specifically use barking to communicate.
The Most Common Types Of Pomeranian Barks
The “Excited” Bark
Pomeranians will often have energetic high-pitched barks when they are excited to greet you at the door.
My Pomeranians will greet me with cheerful barks whenever I return home. This greeting only lasts for a few moments.
Pomeranians will also bark excitedly when playing.
The “Guard Dog” Bark
Although Pomeranians are small in stature they are mighty in spirit. Pomeranians will bark in a rapid manner to warn you of any threats.
The “I’m The Boss” Bark
Pomeranians think they are the boss. They may try to boss you or other animals around in your house with a friendly little bark.
The “I Want Your Attention” Bark
My little Pomeranian Williow is the perfect example of the “I want your attention” bark. She will casually walk up to you and stare while grabbing your attention with little barks.
What Are The Different Types Of Barks
In this section, I discuss the different ways a dog can differentiate their bark and what common dog barks mean.
What Are The Ways A Dog Can Vary It’s Bark
Dogs can change the way they bark or vocalize in order to communicate more effectively.
What Does A Dogs Barking Frequency Mean
There is a difference between a dog that is barking frantically at someone or one that is casually barking. The frequency of a dog’s bark indicates the level of urgency and excitement that the dog is feeling and is trying to communicate.
What Does A Dogs Barking Pitch Mean
A dog will use the pitch of its bark to communicate. An excited high pitched bark may come from a dog happily greeting you at the door while a deep growl-based bark can be a sign that the dog is sensing a threat and could become aggressive.
What Does A Dogs Barking Duration Mean
A long-drawn-out growl or deep bark can be a sign that the dog is thinking about how it’s being perceived at what its next move is. A dog that barks in quick bursts may be trying to tell you that something is urgent.
Dr. Stanley Coren is an expert in dog behaviors and psychology.
Breakdown Of The Most Common Types Of Dog Barks
- Rapid Mid-Range Pitched Barking
- Rapid Barking With 3-4 Barks, Pausing Inbeween At A Mid-Range Pitch
- One Or Two High Pitched Barks
- Continuous Barking At A Low Pitch
- A Prolonged String Of Random Barks
- Single Low-Pitched Bark
- Single Mid-Range Bark
- Mid-Range Stuttering Bark
What Does Rapid Mid-Range Pitch Barking Mean
A dog that is barking at a rapid pace at a mid-range pitch is using this bark to signal an alarm.
What Does Rapid Barking With 3-4 Barks Mean
If a dog is barking rapidly in a pattern of three to four barks with a pause in between at a mid-range pitch the dog is trying to alert others of a threat but, is still evaluating what that specific threat is.
What Does One Or Two High Pitched Barks Mean
A dog that expresses itself with one or two high-pitched barks is generally excited and happily greeting someone.
What Does A Continuous Low Pitched Bark Mean
A dog barking continuously at a low pitch is expressing its fear of a threat and is prepared to defend itself.
What Does A Prolonged String Of Random Barks Mean
Generally, a dog that is barking occasionally over time is bored or lonely and is trying to get your attention.
What Does A Single Sharp Low-Pitched Bark Mean
When a dog expresses itself with a single low-pitched bark they are usually communicating frustration.
What Does A Single Mid-Range Bark Mean
Dogs will often use a single mid-range bark when they are startled or surprised.
What Does A Mid-Range Stuttering Bark Mean
A dog that’s using a stuttering bark at mid-range is trying to get you or another animal to play. This bark is upbeat and very playful. It can sometimes rise in pitch during the play activity.
What Causes A Pomeranian To Bark Excessively
A Pomeranian may bark excessively for a variety of reasons. The most common reasons are defending its territory, loneliness, and boredom.
What Can You Do When Your Pomeranian Barks A Lot
There are things you should and shouldn’t do when you have a yappy Pomeranian. Let’s look at both.
What You Should Do When Your Pomeranian Barks A Lot
Communicate with your Pomeranian in a firm but, pleasant manner to “Be quiet”, or say “No barking” when they are barking excessively.
Use treats and voice training to teach your dog when to stop barking.
Make sure your dog is getting enough exercise and attention.
Identify the triggers of the barking and try to reduce or eliminate them.
What Shouldn’t You Do When Your Pomeranian Barks A Lot
You should never yell or physically punish your Pomeranian for barking
Avoid using bark collars, instead, contact a professional trainer for help.
Reduce the amount of time that you are leaving your dog at home alone.
What Determines A Dog That Barks A Lot
A dog that barks a lot is one that is triggered more often than others and responds with excessive and uncontrollable barking. The barking occurs so often that it may cause a problem within your home or community.
15 Dog Breeds That Bark The Most
Besides our fluffy Pomeranian, there are many other dog breeds that are known for being loud and vocal.
- Boston Terrier
- French BullDog
- Siberian Husky
- Lhasa Apso
- Australian Shepherd
- Bernese Mountain Dog
- Alaskan Malamute
- Shetland Sheepdog
7 Dog Breeds That Bark The Least
While our Pomeranian might be on the “naughty” list, there are many breeds that are known for being quiet.
- Italian Greyhound
- St. Bernard
- Cavielier King Charles Spaniel
- Great Dane
Pomeranians are known to experience separation anxiety which can lead to undesirable behaviors like barking, chewing scratching, howling, pacing, and drilling.
Teacup Pomeranians are known to have voices much larger than their small stature. A teacup Pomeranian will have the instinct to bark at perceived threats and a joyful bark when excited.
Pomeranians do not bark all of the time. Pomeranians will often bark in natural situations like territory protection, greetings, and play. If your Pomeranian is barking all of the time seek professional help from a trainer or your vet.
You should never get your Pomeranian a bark collar. It’s best to get to the root cause of your dog’s barking and correct the behavior. If your situation is extreme the best thing you can do is consult with a professional trainer.
Yes, Pomeranians will bark at strangers. To avoid a situation where your Pomeranian excessively barks at strangers proper training is a must along with early and continued socialization.
Even though Pomeranians are known as barkers you need to take that information with a grain of salt.
Every single dog will behave differently regardless of its breed. Depending on your specific Pomeranian or the training that it’s received it may end up being a very quiet and well-behaved or a vocal spitfire.
My Pomeranians have a natural instinct to protect us and our home and will bark to let us know there is a threat. They will also cheerfully greet us at the door with a bark and sometimes vocally demand our attention.
Overall, my dogs are not big barkers and respond well to commands to stop barking.