When I got my Lottie the vet said he thought she'd been "de-barked" because he had to use TINY tubes when he put her to sleep to do the dental work on her. We were both terribly upset - and for almost 2 weeks there wasn't a sound out of her. One night I heard a "strange" bark and went to see what was going on - Lottie was sitting in the chair by the window BARKING at her reflection! It was the most beautiful sound I'd ever heard - I CRIED! She found her voice - and is quite vocal now! I wouldn't worry too much about her yet!
Jersey is pretty quiet too. There are days that will go by without her giving us a real bark. She may grunt at me and makes this cute little grumbling kinda' thing when she wants something and we're ignoring her. I wouldn't worry. When she finally starts barking you may wish she'd never started.
Duke doesn't bark too often, when there's someone at the door or once in a while he sees a phantom that sets him off for a minute, but rarely. When he's outside and neighbor dogs bark, he lets Cassie do all the barking.
We're used to quiet dogs, Roscoe only barked a handful of times in his life until we got Duke and now Duke can annoy him enough that he barks!
When we adopted Summer, she was a VERY quiet girl. No barking or baying at all. She grew out of it. She barks, growls, howls and can be VERY vocal when she wants something. Murphy on the other hand, has been a woofer and howler since we go him.
/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/sleep.gif I do agree! Enjoy it while it last. My Henry barks at everything. I can't get him to shut up to save my life. My Rusty on the other hand is hardly a barker. Enery now and then you will here him.
I think everyone's right - some dogs are quiet, and some are just barkers. Spock almost never barks; the only time he really barks is when I'm vacuuming or my boyfriend has the leaf blower. Bones is a chatty dog who is very upset if she goes into her kennel before she wants to be there and will let you know about it for at least 15 minutes. I will relay a conversation my boyfriend and I had the other day.
Bones (who is in the yard): BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK BARBK
Me: Oh, Bones. Honey, why is she barking now?
Boyfriend: The sun's out.
Both dogs will growl and yelp and make grunting noises when they're wrestling.
The Bagel isn't quiet, he will arroooo when he gets a scent or spies another dog and talks to me when he wants something but he reserves his barks for very special occasions like when the police chased a prowler through the back yard. I’ve heard him bark exactly five times in ten years, a bark every other year isn’t much! His Bark is a deep hearty “big dog” bark and commands my attention when he does bark (Woke me up from a solid sleep when the prowler came by). Some dogs are like some people, they only says something when something needs to be said.
Sometimes I wish my Beagles could not bark. Mine get on wild barking, baying scent trails in the back yard in the early mornings. Running, sniffing, yipping, yowling on a scent that a critter left in our yard overnight.
Sadie is much more verbal than Pooh Bear. They are all different.