He does make gutteral yowels very regularly and at times he manages to express his delight, or greetings via them. These are the ancient canine communicaes usually associated with wild breeds such as wolves.
However at about 1.00 AM on Saturday morning Whippet Boy barked, affirming I was not alone in hearing several loud and unusual bangs, not far from, or perhaps even within my yard.
I got up and double checked outside the doors to ensure we were intruder free in the garden and went back to sleep, feeling uncharacteristically uneasy.
Whippet Boy's bark was loud and assertive. He was alert and ready to protect me if necessary.
The following day I had a knock on the door from my neighbours whose shed had been entered and a number of items stolen.
Whippet Boy's aggressive bark had not been in vain. I only wish I had called the police in response, so that the thieves may have been caught in the act. Instead I trusted my own judgement that all was well in my own backyard, neglecting to consider my neighbours may well be in peril.
Next time I will give Whippet Boy the benefit of the doubt. Both of us sensed something was happening to make us uneasy. I assured myself the police would think me a panic merchant had I called. Is it possible to convince police that your dog wants the area checked out?
Clearly Whippet Boy was on guard to protect, not just me, but our neighbours, whom he both knows well and adores. Usually he is at my side at night and I didn't even think to let him outside to investigate and harass these intruders. Again, had he done so I would most definately have called in the police urgently.
Though whippets are not a breed associated with guarding duties, they are extremely loyal and will protect their human when necessary, as gallantly as any of the purpose bred guard breeds. Indeed most dogs will do their utmost to protect and guard the human, or humans, they love. This includes their property. As a big and very strong dog, Whippet Boy could easily bring down a human if he needed to in defense of me. He is also smart enough to discriminate friend from foe.
Our previous whippet also once got his heckles up and began growling as I walked past a group of men, who were behaving in a threatening manner. We passed without incident, but had my " aggressive dog" not been at my side and ready to defend me, things may well have been different.
If your dog rarely barks, make sure you do take notice if he suddenly finds full voice. He or she is using their bark for good reason.
Even a dog that barks regularly will likely use a different kind of bark if something is seriously amiss.
The moral of the story is listen to your dogs and observe their reactions. Sometimes, dogs truly know best. Never forget their hearing and sense of smell is way superior to our own!