Doesn't Bark

by Terry
(Smithfield, NC)

After doing much research, we purchased a pure breed great Pyrenees puppy two years ago. Funny we read so much about the annoyance of the barking. Our, Sissy, doesn't bark unless it is a playful bark when I am preparing her food.

I live in the country and my husband is gone a lot. We originally had a Golden Retriever and English Setter that both were 12 yrs old and both have passed in the past 3 yrs.

I read a lot about the protection the Great Pyrenees provides but I'm not so confident with ours. She prefers to be by herself a lot. She will go outside and play with a stick with us but that's pretty much it. What have we done wrong?

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May 18, 2014
what are you doing wrong?
by: Ed A new jersy

Your doing. Nothing wrong! You little girl has not fully matured, while she may look it she still has to mature. I may take quite a while. But you can bet she will protect you right now. Under that calm,playful exterier lays the heart of a lion and an uncanny ability to judge both animal and people. I would say enjoy the silence in a very little while you will wish she would take a break. Mine bark at everything from intruder to butterfly's or even the wind if it is strong. There is. No training need for guarding !

Feb 18, 2015
Not mature
by: Anonymous

You are doing nothing wrong!! Ours is a little over 2 yrs. old now, but was definitely a bit of a loner at that age!!

Mar 17, 2017
Barkless
by: Anonymous

I'm so glad some one else has this issue, my young male only barks as well when I'm cooking , and sometimes when playing. Even when others bark around him, he gives them a funny look.

Apr 02, 2017
2 Great Pyr 12 weeks old
by: Anonymous

I have 2 Great Pyr that are 12 weeks old. They are beautiful dogs and very smart. Mine bark some but mostly at each other right now. I'm reading a lot about them and so concerned I'll mess up in socializing them. They've not gotten the full series of shots til 16 weeks so I have concerns about getting them out to socialize too much right now. I read somewhere it says 8-12 weeks are critical for socialization. I'm so worried I'll mess up.....

Mar 29, 2018
I’ve been worrying myself...
by: Stephanie

I have two sister’s and while one barks at a leaf blowing the other has not made any noise above a slight whine when her sister takes her toys, or a whimper when she’s sleeping hard. They will be a year old in two weeks. This is my first time have Great Pyrs and I have been wondering what I did wrong...

Mar 30, 2018
Doesn’t Bark
by: Mitch

I posted almost a year ago about my 2 GP and being worried about them. They’ve socialized very well. I also have one who barks and one who doesnt. I think it’s just their personalities. My male Taz barks at everything. My female Tuukka only barks once in awhile. I don’t think I’d worry too much...

Jun 08, 2021
8 Month Old Pyr and 5 Year Old Pyr Mix
by: Anonymous

Yeah, I wouldn’t worry- My 8mo doesn’t bark except during play (occasionally) and when she wants to go in/outside. My 5yo Pyr mix does bark when he’s let outside (or if our neighbors yorkie is being super loud) but rarely inside. Seems like some Pyrs (mainly puppies) just don’t bark as much. Odd, though, I’ve read so much about their barking.

Jun 09, 2021
Barking
by: Donna

Many Pyrs don't find their voice until two years old so, no, puppies don't bark except in play.

May 07, 2024
A quiet pyrenees is a rare blessing
by: Anonymous

I feel very lucky to have a pyrenees that doesn't bark.. he is 16 months and the only times he barked were when he saw skunks coming into the backyard. Once he got used to skunks, he stopped barking at all.

I'm crossing my fingers that things will stay the same for the rest of his life...

May 09, 2024
Barking
by: Anon

They were bred to deter predators. Without their bark, they can't do their job. If people don't want the bark, this isn't the breed for them. If the dog isn't barking, it may not be a Pyr.

They usually don't find their voice until two-years-old.

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