Prospective Owner FAQs
Do Frenchies bark a lot?
Based on our experience and research, Frenchies are very moderate barkers and tend to bark only when they feel something is really worth getting excited over, such as when a stranger comes to the door, or they hear loud, strange noises. Once they know that there are no threats, they will stop their barking and immediately try to make new friends. They are certainly not excessive barkers, such as our Yorkies and some other breeds were.
We have observed that there is also a big difference between our various Frenchies in this regard. None are excessive barkers, and some we have never heard bark, although we assume they can if they wanted to. Some bark at things that our other Frenchies will ignore. For example, there are several large animals on our property. A few of our Frenchies will bark at them a few times, just to let them know they are there. The rest of our Frenchies will completely ignore them or go to the fence to try to make friends, but not make a peep in the process.
We also have chickens, ducks, and rabbits on our property (we practically have a petting zoo), and some of our Frenchies will chase them and bark at them, some will give a halfhearted chase while not barking, and some will slowly approach them and try to make friends. They are all a little different, and it is funny to watch how each of them will react to various situations.
We also had a funny experience a while back when we heard one of our female Frenchies barking in our bathroom. We had thought she might be mute because we could never remember hearing her bark before; but, here she was barking her head off. It turns out that what she was barking at was her reflection in our shower door. The sun light was just right so she could clearly see herself and she knew there was a dog in her domain that she did not recognize. We laughed like crazy. When we opened the shower door and showed her there was no one there, she finally calmed down.