Sighthounds are they really that quiet?

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Sighthounds are they really that quiet?

Post by ZaraD » Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:04 am

Hi all

I have been spending a lot of time around. Sighthounds and been on a few lircher walks and sighthound walks but especially i have been spending a lot of time around afghan hounds and borzoi's and have been on a few walks with them and have decided that my next dog will defiantly be either a Borzoi or Afghan hound.

I learnt a lot on the walks but one thing stood out to me that i wanted to check is true. Nearly all of the owners on the walks even on the sighthound walks said that all sighthounds are very quiet dogs and they hardley ever bark? Is this true that all sighthounds are the quietest of breeds

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Re: Sighthounds are they really that quiet?

Post by JudyN » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:27 am

Possibly not the quietest of dogs - Basenjis can't bark (though maybe yodel instead?), and I've not spent a lot of time with borzois or Afghans, but yes, in general sighthounds don't tend to bark unless there's a reason. That doesn't mean I can shut Jasper up when he's down the bottom of the garden barking at monsters (a trail camera has revealed them to be cats and foxes), or feels threatened in any way of course. And I dare say if the dog was a cat hater and saw one lurking in the front garden through the window he could have a lot to say about it. But there's no random barking. If he wants attention (door opening, the dirty saucepan in the sink) he tends to give one single bark to summon me. The back-door etiquette is one bark for out, two barks to come back in.
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Re: Sighthounds are they really that quiet?

Post by Nettle » Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:16 am

And the mediterranean branch of the sighthound world does bark when working, so that barkiness can translate into other areas of life if kept as pets. But they are still not overly barky unless there is a reason.

Sighthounds in general do have a range of wowly yowly howly noises, and some of them howl more than most breeds, but it still isn't all that much.
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Re: Sighthounds are they really that quiet?

Post by JudyN » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:50 am

Nettle wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:16 am
Sighthounds in general do have a range of wowly yowly howly noises
Aka conversation :wink: Some can whine all day long, just to let you know that they're there, or that the sun isn't in the exact right spot on the sofa.
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