101 + Reasons for Great Pyrenees Barking
As pyrents, we all know that pyrs bark. During the daytime, I can normally tell what is causing the Great Pyrenees barking. At night, I can only assume they’re barking at ghosts or zombies outside the house–I’d rather not know.
Sometimes, what they’re barking at *could* be considered a true threat. Other times, well… not so much.
Below are 101+ reasons Mauja and Atka have barked and why they are probably barking right now. Be sure to check back because I will continue to update this list in the future!
Related: I Thank My Great Pyrenees for Barking
A person is walking on the sidewalk behind our backyard.
A dog is walking on the sidewalk behind our yard.
A cat is sitting out front of the house.
The blanket that was on the ottoman is now on the couch. Pyrenees disagrees with this change.
A Christmas tree ornament is making sounds.
There’s a bird on the tree in the yard.
A kid is screaming outside the house.
A grasshopper landed on the patio where Pyrenees is napping.
A plastic bag just blew past the backyard.
A person is wearing very large sunglasses.
A person is wearing an overly large hat.
A leaf fell off the tree.
The doorbell rang.
The doorbell on TV rang.
A dog is barking on TV.
TV characters are fighting loudly which Pyrenees does not like.
The cabinet is overly squeaky.
A bike is knocked over on the edge of our front yard.
There is a large box in the middle of the walkway.
A squirrel just leaped through the tree branches.
I wore a hoodie with the hood up.
A woman was wearing too many metal bracelets.
The vacuum is sitting in the middle of the room where Pyrenees wants to be.
There is a kid wearing a bike helmet with a mohawk on it.
The wine cork popped.
The neighbor dog was barking.
There was thunder rumbling in the distance.
I turned on my space heater.
I moved my photography lighting while Pyrenees was nearby.
A toy that Pyrenees felt wasn’t supposed to squeak squeaked.
A dog 18 billion miles away barked.
The wind blew some papers on the counter.
The food bowl tipped over.
My stuffed bear is on the floor instead of the bed.
The FedEx guy dropped off a package.
The FedEx guy drove away.
There’s a chance the FedEx guy could still be in the vicinity so Pyrenees continues barking.
The FedEx guy is definitely gone but Pyrenees continues to bark just to ensure the entire neighborhood heard the message.
A bird is getting a snack from the bird feeder outside the window.
The neighbor moved his RV from the driveway to the backyard.
The Starbucks barista took too long to serve Pyrenees a puppaccino.
A dog is most definitely in the car behind us and Pyrenees is displeased.
A very tall man wanted to pet Pyrenees.
A guy was shoveling his driveway.
Nick decided to play his drums.
A bag of dog treats is sitting on the floor rather than on the counter.
I FaceTimed with a friend.
I had a Skype interview and the random man in the computer was not okay (according to Pyrenees).
I was jogging in place with a workout video.
Nick was doing pull-ups.
Nick was doing push-ups.
I turned on the air conditioning unit.
Nick is using the weed whacker.
Nick is mowing the lawn.
The neighbor is mowing their lawn.
Someone in our massive neighborhood is mowing their lawn.
We walked past a sprinkler.
The woman watering her lawn moved the sprinkler.
The window creaked when I opened it.
There is a dog in a different room of the house that Pyrenees cannot keep an eye on.
There is a cat in a different room of the house that Pyrenees cannot keep an eye on.
There is a person in a different room of the house that Pyrenees cannot keep an eye on.
There is a treat in a different room of the house that Pyrenees cannot get to.
The gate to the backyard was open instead of closed.
There’s a piece of wood leaning against the fence.
The other dog didn’t want to play with Pyrenees.
The hose fell out of the baby pool.
I was blow-drying my hair.
An airplane flew over the house.
A neighbor was shooting off fireworks.
A neighbor was shooting off fireworks two hours ago.
I was wearing a headband.
There’s a new potted plant in the house.
The trash bin was moved.
I was running on the treadmill.
There was a statue of a dog.
The river made a sound.
I was using small gardening tools.
There was a video playing of a baby crying (however, Pyrenees will not bark at an actual crying baby).
There are new rocks under the tree in the backyard.
Favorite ball is just out of reach and Pyrenees would have to get up to get it.
The curtains blew shut.
We were playing foosball.
Someone eight blocks away is using their leaf blower.
Our neighbors put a Direct TV satellite on their roof.
There’s a new carpet in the house.
I dropped an empty soda bottle.
The wind was blowing too loudly.
Our neighbors put up canopy.
The wind slightly shifted the outdoor water bowl.
Our neighbors had a fire going in their yard.
There was a baby gate within ten feet of where Pyrenees wanted to relax.
The crate was moved from one side of the room to the other.
Birds were chirping early in the morning.
Someone gestured to another person in a way Pyrenees was not okay with.
Nick made a weird sound (the sounds he has made could be an entire list itself).
Our neighbor laughed too loudly from inside his own home.
A fly came into the backyard.
The Pyrenees is very excited to see you.
People are talking in the cul-de-sac out front of our house.
I am talking to someone on speakerphone.
Barking is fun.
I was standing on a chair to change a lightbulb.
And the most important reason of them all – The Pyrenees simply wants to bark.
Related: 10 Tips for a Happy Great Pyrenees
By all means, this is not a comprehensive list 😉 As I continue to remember barking incidents and new ones occur, I will add them here.
Now I want to know – what are some reasons your Great Pyrenees is barking?
Jen Gabbard says
This made my day 🙂 The plastic bag, the trash bin being moved – it’s all so familiar.
Lyn mayo says
My pyr barks when I am cooking & bang the spoon on the side of the pot, or when the microwave beeps or when dad is turning the corner to come home (2 miles away) when dad turns on our street, when dad turned into driveway….shall I go on?
Franklin barks when we won’t share what we are eating…when he is tired…when someone is taking up too much of his space on the couch…when the heater comes on…when he wants cuddles❤
An ant farted
But I must add a major one: my GP barks any time he sees a shadow, doesn’t matter if it’s his own, he will bark and bark at it! Lol
Linda Mullins says
The horses walked past the porch.
The horses were drinking at the pasture watering trough.
A door slammed.
A squirrel is at the riding rink.
The cat jumped off the counter.
The doorbell rang.
The mailman drove by.
The paper was delivered.
The neighbor just got home from work.
Trop vrai! Et trop cute !!!!
My Gyspy Rose barks at her o
Older brothers and sisters, they are 7 border colliess, who always have something in their mouth that she wants she will bark until she gets whatever it is ball, toy, empty water bottle she, walks away with it then drops it and starts barking at the next one
My personal favorite, someone holding a pillow. Any kind of pillow. The pillow itself was completely fine as long as it was on the couch or bed but once it’s in your hands it’s extremely dangerous. Or if you don’t open the door quickly enough when he wants to go outside. That bark is combined with him slamming his backend against the door to emphasize his demand.
Buzzards are flying overhead, and I must be saved from them. Buzzards will never Carry Me Away. Neither will FedEx.
Yep…the buzzards are the reason for alarm here too!
Laura Treutlein says
Scout arks at the turkey vultures, turkeys walking through the yard, the bears in the yard, hates the coyotes. The washer and dryer. Husband in hallway with shop vac, anyone with sun glasses, Antonella’s oner 5 foot 9.
This is hilarious!!!! And ohhhhhh so true!!!! My Pyr Chance agrees too! He’s barking to agree!! Thanks for the humor! I so needed it tonight!!!!
Because it is bedtime. Daisy starts the routine by barking, then Justice starts howling, then all four Pyrs (Daisy, Justice, Merit and Honor) howl. Honor howls a soprano aria as a grand finale. Then we are all allowed to go to sleep. Until, you know, a leaf falls. 😉
Lol..we have Liberty, Justice, Honor & Glory.
Diana Crudeli says
How wonderful that you have 4!
Mine too!!! Bedtime is when HE wants to go to bed and has sufficiently monitored the entire backyard several times to his liking, or maybe wants to dig and lay in the cold, or the vermin wandering the neighborhood has been chased sufficiently then he thinks about chasing the vermin in the house and wants to go back out, then snores very loudly for the first few hours, then we can go to sleep LOL.
April Linville says
This list is hilarious and accurate. Our first Pyr barked at everything! I saw someone on FB post that their Pyr barks when a butterfly farts in the forest. LOL Rosie, who is almost six months, barks at emergency vehicle sirens, people walking down the road, the cat that likes to sit on our porch, birds in the trees, cats across the street, a new package in the house, dogs barking in person and on the TV. She’ll probably add to that list as she grows. Haha!
There’s an elderly couple with walkers moving much too slowly down the lane.
This is so true!! I laughed at every post. We’re new to the breed so it’s nice to hear we’re not the only ones. My poor neighbors two miles away and every other house even further.
We thought our jack Russell’s were a handful!!!
Our first pyr was even a “talk barker” He would sit out back and quietly bark like he was talking to himself So we tried a citronella collar- you know it squirts citronella when he barks. Every time we filled that collar he would bark till it was empty. Then he smelled like a candle. At least the flies didn’t bite his nose!
Omg….FEDEX!!!! You’d think Satan’s legion was marching up the driveway… my two bark for minutes before and hours later as the delivery guy cruises the neighborhood and COUNTY!!!
My Pyr is still a pup almost 4 months, and only 50% Pyr. Her barking seems to always be related “Pyr pressure”… if the other dog is eating, if the other dog won’t okay, if the other dog has a chew bone when she just finished hers, if the other dog has the toy, when she wants to play with the human… etc.
*Edit: if the other dog won’t play
Natalie Hottinger says
Addie is not a big barker. She barks at the more common triggers. However, once in a while she walks out into the middle of the backyard and let’s go with a big round of barks as if to make sure everyone in the neighborhood needs to be reassured that she is on duty. Then she lays down and surveys her domain.
Chloe isn’t as bad as some…but the FedEx guy isn’t welcome at all, he talked to the grand baby, the ups guy made the mistake of talking to me, and for some reason…she barks the entire time I’m in the shower!?
Large birds are bad! But this one I understand, her first 4 months she lived in a pasture with her working mom. Never near people….still could care less about treats! And she’s 5 yrs old come December! Lol
Jessica Bowen says
Mine barks at the Law & Order sound effect (gung GUNG). It’s 20 minutes of solid, loud barking for this. Also, referee whistles during tv football games are bark worthy, but usually only a few cursory barks. Also, barking because everyone except one human has gone to bed. Staying up late is scary. All must be warned of its dangers.
This is an amazing list! Too funny! “I was wearing a headband.” 🙂
The garbage truck! OMG They’re stealing our garbage!!
Also, UPS gets a completely *different* bark than FedEx, so I think they should get their own mention.
And mine does a fierce demonstration bark when I pull into the driveway: he looks up and down the street, warns off something imaginary, then finally looks at me like “Oh! YOu’re home—how long have you been there? I was just guarding the neighborhood as I’ve been doing all day and not at all sleeping on your bed.”
Our older Pyr, Ella, has always protected our home from hawks, buzzards, and crows. She has also taught our younger Pyr, Winter, to bark at those vicious birds. They don’t bark at songbirds which is a relief.
My Pyrenees and my ST. Pyrenees bark at sounds made by wildlife. They want to scare away animals that would attack the farm animals. They want all coyotes to know there is a big dog on duty. And not to come by our place.
LOL!! These are all true!! Sometimes I think our pyr barks just to make sure she still can and of course to remind us she is here and needs tending to!
The men with the loud machines came AGAIN to steal our grass. They come every week and despite two fluffies on high alert and barking their heads off, they have the nerve to keep coming back! The same with the men driving the big truck that steal our garbage every week. Fluffies must protect us from all enemies, foreign or domestic, real or imagined! And the crows – don’t even get started on those evil monsters in the air . . .
BOL — we especially loved 49! 🙂 There’s a lot of 12 and 94 going on around here.
Ruth Epstein says
HA HA HA – thanks for the laugh and list, I have a Rescue and the only time she barks is if a bulldog walks past her BOL
Omg this is so true! My pyr, Loki even likes to look at himself in the mirror and bark at himself then run away and sneak back to see if that “thing” in the mirror is still there! He will play that game for hours til he wears himself out lol
Tenacious Little Terrier says
Mr. N will bark if someone is at the door but other than that he’s pretty quiet in the house.
Lola The Rescued Cat says
That was a great list! Mommy is convinced we meow at zombies and ghosts! But we won’t tell her the truth.
I love number 31!!!
Malaika Fernandes says
This really had me in splits it is so true sometimes our dogs just bark for the most ridiculous resons
Pawesome Cats says
Thank you – this list is hilarious, just what I needed. Gotta feel sorry for the FedEx guy.
our Fed Ex guy throws our packages towards the door, we have an insane barking Pyr and a huge English mastiff that is afraid of her own shadow
The Daily Pip says
Really funny! My favorites are the Christmas ornaments and because you were wearing a hoodie! Our dog Ruby almost never barks, occasionally at the mailman, but that’s it. Maybe I should show her this list and give her some ideas of other things she should be barking at.
Great post! I can relate to the hoodie on one! So funny— dogs are so much fun!
A suggestion from our prys: “The FedEx truck is within 5 mile radius of the neighborhood.” I wa sliterally laughing so hard I was crying. My favorite was “barking is fun”!
Oman. D. Reile says
We liove our pyrs. Love their barks So special
My Pyr is still a pup almost 4 months, and only 50% Pyr. Her barking seems to always be related “Pyr pressure”… if the other dog is eating, if the other dog won’t play, if the other dog has a chew bone when she just finished hers, if the other dog has the toy, when she wants to play with the human… etc.
Beth Patterson says
What a great list! My dogs find similar things to bark about. Of course, their barks aren’t nearly as impressive as your dogs’ bark.
Dash Kitten Crew says
I can’t imagine trying to keep a big dog like that quiet. But them I am used to much smaller cats so lack the experience handling a dog of any size. I guess you don’t get many break=ins with a dog and a mighty bark.
Hahaha! There is nothing wrong with being talkative. 🙂 I would have a similar list of reasons for why my cat, Manna, meows. She has something to say about everything! She will even meow because she heard you say her name. Personally, I just look at it as a funny personality quirk. She likes to have conversations with me. 🙂
What is funny is that they rarely meow at each other, just at us.
Tonya Wilhelm says
lol that’s a lot of reasons. 😉
Sweet Purrfections says
That’s so cute. I think they bark because they like to hear themselves talk! MOL
Too funny! I think my 12# and 20# dogs are part Pyrenees BOL
Cathy Armato says
So I’m guessing the Pyr probably isn’t the best choice for someone who wants a quiet dog, BOL!!!!
Love & biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them
Lindsay Pevny says
Love it!Just doing what they do best!
LOL! Great list, and I can especially relate to the FedEx guy! Well, I’d rather hear my loving “Gentle Giant” bark then my mother-in-law‼️ ?
Jenna Hughson says
Hahahaha! This was fantastic!
Betty Gardner says
This is hilarious, but,oh, so true. I laughed all the way through this. Our Max for sure!
Betty Gardner says
I loved this!
Thanks for publishing this. Makes us feel “normal!” One of ours barks when it’s time to feed him..and then when he needs to poop.
Kirsten Landon says
We have a Tibetan Mastiff. From what we’ve learned about Pyrs, they’re basically the same dog but from a different continent. 🙂 I swear I could’ve made this exact list for our Bu. Four years ago, we got the kitchen floor replaced and he wouldn’t come inside for hours! lol! It’s true you can’t stop the bark! You just wait it out as it vibrates your insides. Thank you so much for the good laugh!
This is hilarious! I guess I’m fortunate! My 3 GP, LGD’s only bark when they think something is a threat to their goat herds! Maybe all these chronic “barkers” need some goats to protect! Hahaha
I came out of the house. I went into the house. Goats looked at her funny. Coyote contemplated walking within half mile of yard.
Kevin our Pyr talks about the insane squirrels in the woods, he barks but then walks around grumbling to himself
When we first got our pyr, I wondered, why is he barking at the sky? Looked up, turkey vulture, lazily circling overhead! And now that it is fall, he greets every single falling leaf!!
Keith Lemons says
Haven’t seen this one. After every morning pooh, he lets everyone know that it went well.
Amanda Mac says
Bumblebee fly near the deck.
Someone walked past the door and didn’t acknowledge Pyrenees.
Someone walked past the door and DID acknowledge Pyrnees.
Pyrenees is out and thinks he should be in.
Pyrenees is in and thinks he should be out.
Cat won’t play.
Kid on trampoline next door.
Construction worker nearby. He’s been at that site for a month but today he looked shifty.
Mary Johnson says
Karma, our 2yr. old Pyr, barks at screech owls calling to each other in the middle of the night(of course). She also has different kinds of barks ranging from low and throaty to wildly excited shrieks or a combo of several ranges- depending on the situation.
Zoey, my pyr, barks and 5 minutes later someone comes to the door!
Our first male, Moses was a prolific barker. His most impressive bark was the one big, bad, and very loud Woof when the coyotes would start howling. His Woof quieted all living critters for several minutes! He also loved to sing along to baby songs. On days that I worked from home I would play baby tunes just to listen to him quietly croon along for hours on end. I really miss that big boy!
Our latest rescue, Eleanor Claire did not bark for more than a year after adopting her. Then one day the new neighbor planted a small tree and she found her voice!!! Gotta love Pyrs!
The time to worry is when Cooper is NOT barking…he could be “playing” with a nest of baby bunnies. Once he wasn’t there at all–got out of the fence (since replaced). Of course, then he started barking at the gate 2 minutes later because he wanted back in and couldn’t figure out how to get there…
What’s with barking at UPS drivers. Our pyr Coke goes crazy whenever a UPS truck is anywhere in the area.
All these are so true and hilarious. Glad to know we aren’t alone.
Sandi catalano says
My rescue Rocco,( not a Great Pyrenees ) barks at the Amazon guy, UPS guy, and mail man. Every single time. Lol
My Pyrenees began barking because I was laughing while reading this list. She didn’t like that I kept pointing to her.
My daughters boyfriend hugged her for too long! ??
BJ ishmael says
Squirrel…in our yard, in the neighbors, trees, in the neighborhood, in the park. Squirrels In the street, at the dog park, on the roof, in the alley. Squirrels, squirrels, squirrels. Driving down the street, on the way to the dog park…omg, a squirrel! Barking really is louder in a car, ya know.
#102 An inflatable Santa Claus decoration in a front yard while on a walk in the neighborhood. Pyrenees thinks the devil resides inside.
Pyr is correct on this one!
Because there’s a car on the highway with its bass cranked up
Marjorie Yonker says
Zeus barked at the Amish, Amish buggies, the owl screeching at night, chipmunk farts, and the list goes on…….
Maybelline barked when I pay too much attention to Zeus.
Deliliah barks because she can, does and has her own opinion.
Sam, he barks, just so he can get a word in once in a while over Deliliah. And all four bark at the sound of a doorbell on TV. Then they run to the door. Funny thing is I have never lived in a home with a doorbell.
Billie Weathers says
I always say this when my Pyr Angel barks (that sets off all the others!!)…. A butterfly flapped it’s wings in China, which made the rain fall in the Amazon, which made the snow fall in Canada, which turned into the wind that blew the leaf off my tree!!!
Pyrenees “Grandad” (my Dad) was wearing a light blue shirt.
I was carrying an umbrella.
I had on a hooded jacket.
There was a new plant in the yard.
The water bowl was too full.
Stephanie Bartlett says
Walter did not bark alot but if he thought someone was bad news you weren’t getting near me or my family or in my house. I was always a cat person until him. Frankly when we reduced his size scared the hell out of me. Truthfully this was supposed to be my ex’s dog well me and the two cats fell in love with him. The day I put him down I lost a piece of my soul. One the up swing I am getting another sweet giant and now I am disabled he will be trained as a service dog too. So excited
Haven’t laughed this hard in quite awhile. Thanks!!!
Jules 7ky says
The neighbors across the street have their television in the front room on at night. Light! Motion! It Must Be Stopped! *WOOOOOOF*
Someone rang the doorbell! *WOOFWOWWOWBARKBARK*
(Actually, it was only a “ding” on Jeopardy…) O..o
A single leaf drifted gently toward the ground. She is barking now.
We have a Great Pyrenees and an Anatolian Shepherd. I always like to say that the Anatolian barks at EVERYTHING (birds, butterflies, etc…). While the Pyrenees barks at nothing –which is to say that she just sits there… barking… at NOTHING!
This made me laugh! I can relate!
I have got to get one of these magical dogs. Just as soon as this home sells and I move to the country. Maybe two of them and some goats.
What is the best food to feed them?
That should be an interesting discussion.
Thanks to all for their stories. I look forward to sharing my own one day!
My two bark at all these things and then some. My make Truman can’t stand Katy perry’s Dark Horse. He barks and barks if this plays on the radio.
TY so much for this, it made my day. My Pyr barks for all these reasons and more I am sure. The list of course is endless. I remember when we got our first pyr the owner told us to not be surprised if he barked at airplanes at 10,000 feet. LOL Mine barks when the lights go on, when any dog barks on tv, when his toy isn’t where he thinks it should be, when he wants food, when he wants treats, when he wants my food, when the cows moo on Farmville 2, when the garage door opens, when I take a bath, etc… Again thanks for this.
We have 2 pyr brothers and they bark when the amish buggies come down the road. They don’t see them but they hear the click clack of there feet on the pavement a loooong way down the street. How dare them use our road. Lol
Stephen Brown says
Great, funny lists and stories,,all quite true. Our 3 yr old Chloe revs up on things in her mind, puffing out her lips then launches into a howl and barking tantrum til her hallucinations fade. In the service they call it “recon by fire”..haaaa
Our GP Blanca barks at
Birds in the sky ( they are all Hawks to her)
helicopters (daddy Flys one she thinks they are daddy)
Farm trucks going down the road
Neighbors dog (one half mile away)
Barn cat I looking cross eyed at her
North, south, east, and west 2 hours every night to let all who can hear her know she is on “duty”
K. Clark says
Thirty days of barking at nextdoor neighbor’s Christmas lights on second story of house.
Any statue with eyes.
Out on a regular walking route, now barks every time we get to a certain house. I finally realized there USED to be a tree in the yard that has since been removed.
The hardest to deal with is the occasional 5-minute delay factor. He hears a noise, but shows no interest in it. Then 5 minutes later decides it is worth barking at. Scares the bejeezus out of me!
Willow Moon says
My Pyrs. guard livestock…so they bark a lot about things that do need to be barked about but they also bark when a mouse poops in the woods a mile away…just because they think I need to know.
Lindsay Westlake says
102 he saw his reflection in the window ?
Mine barks at the creature in the movie waterhorse
We swear ours hear squirrels fart in the woods!
Our Bella barks because there is a snail on the porch and she saw herself in the mirror!
Kimberly Saucedo says
My Missy barked at the new Christmas wreath I put on the door. And she hates the Amazon package on the neighbor’s doorstep. And we hate the Swiffer commercials, they set her off barking every single time when the doorbell rings! The other day she was in the car in the backseat, and she was growling and staring down the man sitting in the moving truck next to us at the light. She hates men, tall men, men in baseball caps, men in sunglasses and just men period; unless you are Dad, Grandpa or her two teenage boys. I love this breed…
We have a great pyr/border collie mix. We build furniture, wood shop upstairs showroom downstairs, and while it is not a farm maggie is most definitely a working girl and takes her job seriously! She’s just 3 and it is clear that her pyr “gaurding” genes are dominant. Her top triggers: Strangers who try to pet her with two hands. Nice ladies with big purses who bend over to pet her. People with hats, sometimes ok…other times not until they take OFF the hat- “woah, you put that back on”! People who park in the wrong spot. Delivery guys ok since they usually have a treat, but new ones with no treats- nope. Even though it’s a business with daily deliveries- cardboard boxes. Cardboard boxes that have been moved, broken down, propped up, stacked, filled with garbage, and most of all, any cardboard box that falls over, shifts, gets knocked, blows in the wind, or moves in ANY way by itself. So scary and clearly a threat to all of us. And that plastic grocery bag dad takes his lunch in EVERYDAY. Still sacry. Oh and any and all holiday decorations, esp halloween which happens to be her birthday! And teenage girls in general are clearly sketchy.
We live on 15 acres in rural Iowa . For the first 5 years here, our wolf/samoyed cross (or perhaps he was the fluffiest wolf who ever lived), apparently kept the wildlife away. Sadly, he died of old age one summer. Then the wildlife discovered us. Deer started grazing all around the edges of my house and eating my young fruit and shade trees (which weren’t cheap) and on occasion would entertain themselves by watching us through the living room window. Coyotes howling night and sometimes day and coming into the yard. Raccoon moved in under the house and did considerable damage. Have a picture of 12 coon on my front porch at the same time vying for my cats evening supper. Possum on porch to eat anything left. Skunk on porch to eat and spray at anything that disturbs their eating. Rabbits, saw one on the property in 5 years. Now everywhere! (And now eating any unprotected bark on my trees.)
My trees cinched it, gotta get a new dog. Adopted our just weened pyrenees from a local shelter. Within a month, all but the deer were gone. The deer still cross the property and yard regularly but rarely linger.
So yeah, a lot of barking. Our pyrenees is now 6 months old, his name is Tor, short for tornado, (because he is a whirling mass of uncontrolled destruction, and barks at everything previously mentioned (not that tornados bark). But when multiple bark triggers happen at the same time, he circles the house repeatedly while barking constantly.
Oh yeah, he barks when I cough when I’m in my art studio.
Beautiful post, i really enjoyed reading it, thanks for sharing
Neither my past Pyr nor my current one are chronic barkers. Avalondee, my current Pyr barks, on the average, less than 10 min/24 hours when home where she has a large yard. She rarely barks when we are out and about. I am grateful as she is a trained service dog and must have good manners when out and about, especially when staying at a hotel or condo where dogs are not welcome.
She was quite distressed by a pair of neighbors riding their horses. I do not think she had ever seen horses riden before and wanted the neighborhood alerted that these poor horses had humans on their backs. Perhaps she was afraid that large dogs might be next for crazy people to ride.
Pamela Collins says
I do have to say that my Pyr barks because we do have predators in the back. We also have a family of deer that he has to keep at bay, rabbits, birds, all kinds of critters. We don’t have goats anymore so she thinks she has to herd the chickens. Her favorite time to bark is in the morning after her walk outside and snack and after she gets dinner. She thinks it’s time to go to work now and off she goes. It used to be for hours on end, but as she gets older it’s less and less of a duration. My favorite part about her is all the hugging and cuddling we do in the morning. She is such a stickler for routine, heaven for bid I run out of her morning snack. She also have an issue our cat all of a sudden, not all the time but only when it’s coming in to eat. She enjoys chasing her down the stairs otherwise she is fine with her. She never did it to my older cat that has passed, but then again she was just a baby when she entered that cat’s domain. Maybe she thinks the cat ate her goats.
Diana Crudeli says
I called Atlas, the town barker. He would lie in the side yard and let out a WOOF every 30-45 minutes. We have coyotes in the neighborhood and its as if he was telling them “I am here. Don’t come over the ridge. I don’t want to get up.”
My philosophy on the night time barking is that Pyrs are lazy and bark to let predators know they are there so the predators won’t show up, because Pyrs want to just stay comfortable. My Pyrs bark laying down.
I am on Pyrs 5 and 6, all rescues.
My 8 month old barks at the screen saver on my laptop but only when I’m eating lunch and only because he thinks the dog on the screensaver is going to get a bite before he does.
Did I mention that he is the dog on my screensaver?
I was cooking and the steam on the storm door began to look somewhat like a human being. A barking spell ensued.
You can’t make this stuff up.
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Pyr knows the neighbors’ black cat is NOT one our 6 black cats and does not belong in our yard. Oh and there’s a opossum out there too. They must be vanquished!
And…I will add the lions, kangaroos, antelope, and meerkats on National Geo Wild show set him off. Even with the sound DOWN! This all started with one of those shelter pet commercials. He heard the panting dog and saw him on the screen and from that point on…the TV creatures, telephone rings and door knocks must be alerted to.
Panimi | Anypetcare says
Nice post write about Pyrenees barking.
I couldn’t find those reasons in my case. I didn’t notice those activities. But after reading your post I come to know more about that.
Thanks for sharing…
My Pry barks…
…When the steaks go on the grille; not the chicken, fish, sausages etc.. It’s all for the steaks.
…At the UPS truck (this is new so your guess is as good as mine). Yet she loves the drivers.
…When she hears or sees me on the tennis court.
…When we take too long to load the car.
…When we pull up to the beach.
…At 3:00 am (give or take) if a drunk person walks by our balcony. Hence, we started locking the sliding door, it took her just over a day to figure out how to unlatch it. We couldn’t believe it but it was hilarious.
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Great blog and soundly stuff Pyrenees barking they have many reasons for barking and look funny when they bark. Omg, this is so true!
Just came across this blog post! I have an almost 2 year old GP that NEVER barks! Is this weird?? I am extremely grateful for this but everything I read about the breed says they never stop barking!
My Pyrenees mix barked at the neighbors seasonal yard flag that was blowing in the wind. She has also barked at the plastic bag blowing across the yard, the groundhog in the neighbors yard, a suspicious looking bird, the neighbors dog (how dare they go outside!), leaves blowing, the deer that may have been in our yard over night. I’m sure there are more, but flag blowing in the wind in the neighbors yard so far has been the best. It was the neighbor across the street too.
Rogue Moon Farm says
My Belladonna sits in the pasture, with absolutely nothing happening around her and sends out a “I’m here so do not mess with my stock” bark every 30 minutes. Literally, I have timed her. She lets the FedEx guy just waltz onto the porch unannounced but heaven help us if a crane lands in the pasture!!!! LOL
Tommy Blommengren says
Not sure if this is on the list but a filled trash bag with leafs, if you make ears on the bag by grabbing the corners on top, that is a highly supiscious object, she forgets everything else, sometimes even to bark (!!!)
A light came on in the window of the house behind ours.
The window exists in the house behind ours.
A bald-headed man was seen anywhere at all.
Great post! My Pyrenees love to bark and I would love to know why. How do we not have dog translators in this day? LOL
We put a skull mask over the table and Pyr didn’t trust it.
My text alert just went off to let me know I have a new text. lol There’s a car sitting at the stop sign too long!
Oh the news is so great to know. Great post!
He is barking at me because I am reading this!
Martina Smith says
Great blog to read, made me laugh non stop. Keep up the good work!
Percy was laying on his back in the yard and all I can imagine is that a cloud moved in the sky and it wasn’t supposed to. 🤷♀️
The sun came up.
The sun went down.
Mishka will bark and wait to see if another dog answers.
He warches the sky and barks at every bird that flys by.
Linn Salinas says
Pony, (I didn’t name her), is a rescue that I found one summer day, almost 4 years ago. She was all stretched out on the street, starving and almost hairless. She just started barking at everything after she was attacked by a pack of dogs. She made her way home somehow and had bites from the top of her head to her belly and legs. I don’t know how she survived. I DO know that she is NOT aggressive and lets the other animal walk or “run” away. It seems, that her alert button is “stuck” and barks most of the time now. I hope she gets over it soon.
Miguel Hernandez says
My Pyrenees, (Sonia), loved to lay out on the cool grass in the backyard late on a clear night, sprawled out on her belly, with her back legs stretched out directly behind her (I didn’t recall ever seeing a dog lay that way), but yet, she wasn’t exactly relaxing, but alert, with head up, and quite obviously “on guard”, looking across the yard from left to right, pausing briefly, then again in the opposite direction. Then every few minutes she would release only one, deep, Pyrenees bark, repeating this same pattern every few minutes. The first time I saw her do that I was very impressed. By day, a friendly and playfull, yet mischievous ball of fur, and by night, a surprisingly mature guardian with a job to do.
Funny reasons! The great Pyrenees is a wonderful dog! These reasons are so familiar. Thanks for the post. Have fun .. The Pyrenean mountain dog must certainly smile. And if he doesn’t smile, then it’s just some big white dog and not the Pyrenees at all! This is what the French dog handlers say.
Todd Halle says
My Pyr love to lay by an ant path. He barks and blows them off the trail.
A lady bug was here 3 weeks ago…
Every time a buzzard flys over 🥴
Lucy let’s everyone know that a package is being delivered by FedEx/UPS/mail. If we are in the car she barks at said trucks.
Cyotes..of course..good girl.
She rases trucks up the long fence line,barking ..of course..
Horse riding by, slowly🙄.good long bark from that one.
A package that was put over the fence, she cautiously approaches and barks till you get the package.Neighbor getting their mail.. Neighbor getting company, simply unacceptable.of course we could go on and on
Rita B says
This was so much fun to read. Thanks to everyone for sharing. We have a great breed indeed!
My Gracie barks when the lawn guy shows up, she barks while he’s working, she barks when lawn guy leaves, she barks to make sure he’s actually gone.
She barks at large birds of prey- we have blue herons, hawks, and eagles and she barks at them as they fly low down just to annoy her and then pull up and away!
She barks at coyotes yipping close to the house; she barks at coyotes a mile away, she barks at coyotes several miles away that she can still hear, just to make sure they know she’s watching!
And yes! She too barks at the FedEx guy or the Amazon guy, or any delivery guy, even when he drives by our house and goes on down the road (is she calling him back?)
I love this dog!