Yes, pugs do bark, but not much. They are one of the quietest breeds according to dog show standards. They only bark when necessary and rarely do it otherwise, outside of play and excitement barking.
However, they can be something called a “yapper”, which means that their bark is rather high-pitched and loud for such a small breed.
Pugs were originally bred as lap dogs that were often carried around by noblewomen. In this environment, they did not need to bark much as their job was to be a companion and not a watchdog.
They were increasingly bred with other toy breeds such as the Pekingese, which only served to enhance their already low barking tendencies.
Pugs are also brachycephalic, meaning they have a smushed-in face with a short nose. Because of this, they often “snort” and snore as opposed to barking.
They also suffer from the brachycephalic syndrome. This is caused by the compression of their airways as the result of how they were bred and can cause breathing issues such as snorty breathing and reverse sneezing.
Many of the pug breeders who have tried to increase their barking tendency have had great success, but these traits are considered by most standards to be outside of what is considered a purebred pug.
It’s thought that some shih tzu blood added into their breeding has increased their tendency to bark.
Most pugs are very vocal when they want something like food or out of excitement but otherwise make little noise. They do not tend to bark at strangers unless their owners are in danger or they feel that their family is threatened in some way.
Some larger male pugs will also bark in defense of their territory if a stranger enters their home.
When a pug does bark, it is usually high-pitched and loud. They often yap when excited or during playtime, but they will rarely do it out of fear or anxiety unless a stranger comes into the house unexpectedly.
A “thoroughbred” pug that has been bred without shih tzu or other breeds tends to be the least vocal and most likely to only bark when necessary.
The one exception is for those who have a pug with brachycephalic syndrome, as they will often yap more than usual due to breathing issues that can cause shortness of breath and pain.
This is especially true if their airways are obstructed by something, such as a toy or pillow.
There are several potential causes for increased barking in pugs. These include anxiety, fear, pain, excitement, boredom, lack of attention or training, and neurological causes such as seizures.
As with most dogs that bark excessively though, it’s important to first rule out any physical causes.
If your dog is barking excessively, it’s best to take them to the vet for an exam to rule out any potential issues that can cause pain or discomfort.
Is a pug a quiet dog?
Yes, a pug is considered to be a quiet dog. They only bark when necessary and rarely do it otherwise, outside of play and excitement barking.
Are Pugs noisy dogs?
While pugs are not considered to be noisy dogs, they will bark when necessary.
This usually only happens when they are excited or playing, and is much quieter than other breeds of dogs.
However, if a pug has brachycephalic syndrome, it may bark more than usual due to breathing issues.