Your dog might be your best friend, but that doesnât mean they canât be naughty from time to time.
New research has revealed a list of the ânaughtiestâ dog breeds â based on how often they bark. The more they bark, the naughtier theyâre deemed to be.
Thereâs also a list of the ânicestâ dog breeds â the ones that bark the least.
The data has been collated by Furbo, a company who make a smart-phone connected camera which allows dog owners to keep tabs on their pets.
The company collected the figures from users of their product, and found that Samoyed dogs top the naughty list. SamoyedsÂ bark the most out of all the breeds that were tested, often up 52 times every day.
Right on the Samoyedsâ tail is the Yorkshire Terrier â although they do bark significantly less, they were second on the list with an average of around 23 woofs per day.
But the goodest boys of them all where the Bernese Mountain Dogs, who came out on top of the nice list. The BerneseÂ are the quietest of the dog breeds, and only let out about 3 barks per day.
Hereâs the full list, have a look to see where your pooch falls on the scale.
The naughtiest dog breeds:
TheÂ Naughtiest Dog Breeds (Most Barks Per Day)
- Samoyed â 52.8 barks
- Yorkshire Terrier â 23.6Â barks
- Poodle â 22.2 barks
- Bichon Frise â 20.3Â barks
- Doberman â 19.6Â barks
TheÂ Nicest Dog Breeds (Least Barks Per Day)
- Bernese Mountain Dog â 3.1 barks
- West Highland Terrier â 3.5 barks
- Shetland Sheepdog â 6.1Â barks
- American Staffordshire Terrier â 6.2Â barks
- Shiba Inu â 8.1Â barks
Why do dogs bark?
It might not be totally fair to call dogs ânaughtyâ for barking. In fact, barking is completely natural for dogs â and should only be considered a problem if it excessive.
Barking is one type of vocal communication that dogs use, and it can mean different things depending on the situation. Here are some reasons why dogs bark:
Territorial/Protective: When a person or an animal comes into an area your dog considers his territory, that often triggers excessive barking. As the threat gets closer, the barking often gets louder. Your dog will look alert and even aggressive during this type of barking.
Alarm/Fear: Some dogs bark at any noise or object that catches their attention or startles them. This can happen anywhere, not just in their home territory.
Boredom/Loneliness: Dogs are pack animals. Dogs left alone for long periods, whether in the house or in the yard, can become bored or sad and often will bark because they are unhappy.
Greeting/Play: Dogs often bark when greeting people or other animals. Itâs usually a happy bark, accompanied with tail wags and sometimes jumping.
Attention Seeking: Dogs often bark when they want something, such as going outside, playing, or getting a treat.
Separation Anxiety/Compulsive Barking: Dogs with separation anxiety often bark excessively when left alone. They also usually exhibit other symptoms as well, such as pacing, destructiveness,Â depression, and inappropriate elimination. Compulsive barkers seem to bark just to hear the sound of their voices.