Do Pugs Bark: Why Does My Dog Keep Barking?

Have you ever lived in a neighborhood with a noisy dog that barked all day and night?

If you have, then you know how irritating that can be; not to mention the damage it can do to your own dog’s quality of life.

Now that you are considering getting a pug, you may be wondering, “Do pugs bark?”

 Pugs are quiet dogs, but they do bark.

However, their barks are more like yaps and usually aren’t as loud or persistent as other breeds of dogs.

Most pugs only bark when trying to get your attention or when excited.

In this article, we will explore why pugs bark, what kinds of sounds they make, and how to train your pug to bark less.

Do Pugs Bark

How Loud is a Pug’s Bark?

Considering their build, pugs don’t have deep voices, so their bark is higher-pitched than other dogs.

This makes their bark sound less intimidating.

Additionally, since pugs are small dogs, they use less air to produce sound, which means their bark is shorter and not as loud as a big dog’s.

If your home is quiet or you live alone, a pug’s bark is more startling than if you live in a loud household or have other pets.

However, even in a quiet environment, their yap is unlikely to carry far or be heard through walls.

Why is My Pug Barking Uncontrollably?

Barking is normal behavior for dogs, even for those breeds thought to be quiet.

However, if your pug is barking excessively, it could signify something wrong.

If your pug starts barking more than usual, consult your veterinarian to rule out any health issues.

Below are a few reasons why your pug might be barking excessively:

Seeking Attention

Pugs bark when they need or want something, whether that’s food, water, or your attention.

If your pug is barking and you don’t know why try giving them what they want and see if that stops the noise.

Unlike other barks, demanding barks are distinct and usually accompanied by a pawing gesture or other forms of body language.

The barks are short, sharp, and repetitive.

However, be careful not to give in to your pug’s demands every time they bark, or they will learn that all they need to do is bark to get whatever they want.

Boredom or Loneliness

Dogs are social animals and need companionship.

If your pug is left alone for long periods, it may start barking out of boredom or loneliness.

To prevent this, provide them with plenty of toys and attention when you are home.

You might also want to consider dog daycare or dog walking services.


When alarmed, pugs will bark to warn their pack of potential danger.

This barking is usually accompanied by a change in body language, such as hackles raised or ears flattened against the head.

Pay attention to their body language if your pug is barking and you can’t figure out why.

It may give you a clue about what’s going on and how to stop the barking.

However, remember ignoring excessive barking only leads to more barking, so if you can’t figure out why your pug is barking, consult a professional.


Pugs may bark when they are excited, such as when playing with their favorite toy or going for a walk.

This type of barking is usually happy and high-pitched.

While excitement barking is normal, if it becomes excessive, it could indicate an underlying health condition, such as anxiety.


Although Pugs aren’t ideal guard dogs, some may bark when someone comes to the door or enters their territory.

For instance, when delivery people come to your home or when you have visitors, your pug may start barking.

This type of barking is usually deep and low-pitched.

However, train your pug not to bark excessively when someone comes to the door by teaching them to “hush” or “quiet.”

How Can I Stop My Pug’s Unwanted Barking?

Although Pugs make intelligent companions, without the proper training, they may become yappy.

If your pug is barking excessively, you can do a few things to help stop the behavior.

Allow your Pug Enough Rest

Pugs require 10-12 hours of uninterrupted sleep daily, so ensure they get enough rest.

A tired Pug is less likely to bark excessively.

Thus, don’t interrupt their sleep by allowing them to follow you everywhere or keeping them up late at night.

Exercise Your Pug Daily

Pugs are full of energy; if they don’t burn it off, they express their excess energy by barking.

Take your pug on a walk or run daily, and play fetch or other active games with them regularly.

This tires them out both physically and mentally, leading to less barking.

Mental Stimulation

In addition to physical exercise, pugs need mental stimulation.

Bored dogs often bark out of frustration.

To keep your pug’s mind active, give them puzzle toys to solve or teach them tricks.

Thus, engaging their minds helps reduce their barking by keeping them occupied.

Provide a Designated Place to Bark

If your pug must bark, such as when someone is at the door, provide them with a designated place.

This could be a mat near the door or a crate.

Once they are on the mat or in the crate, give them a treat and praise them for being quiet.

By doing this consistently, your pug will learn that barking in this designated spot is acceptable but barking elsewhere isn’t.

Do Pugs Bark FAQs

Do pugs yawn when they bark?

Pugs are among the few dog breeds that often yawn when they bark.

Yawning is a sign of submission in dogs, so your pug may be trying to tell you that they aren’t a threat.

When do pugs start to bark?

Vocalization in dogs starts sooner; for instance, puppies begin to whine and whimper around three weeks old to communicate with their littermates and mother.

By six weeks old, they start to bark.

Do black pugs bark?

It doesn’t matter what color your pug is; all pugs bark.

The frequency and reasons for barking may vary from dog to dog, but all pugs are capable of making this sound.

Do mini pugs bark?

Mini pugs bark just like regular-sized Pugs.

However, they may not be as loud due to their smaller size.

Additionally, teacup Pugs are the smallest Pug variety, and they may not bark as much as other Pug varieties since they are so small.


Pugs aren’t loud dogs, but they do bark.

The reasons for barking vary, but most Pugs bark out of excitement or when someone enters their territory.

If your Pug is excessive in their barking, ensure they get enough sleep, exercise, and mental stimulation.

You can also provide a designated place for them to bark.

Ultimately, all Pugs bark, but with the proper training, you can help reduce your Pug’s barking.

Megan Turner
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