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Rocket is a moderate barker. He barks when he is outside and wants in. He barks if he gets really, really riled up (i.e. the kids are running around the house screaming and yelling).
And, rarely, he will switch to his "big boy bark". That is the one that makes me sit up and pay attention, and fast. A couple weeks ago, he was outside before it was light out when all of a sudden he let loose with a deep, growly "back off" kind of bark and was running from the fence that faces the street to the back door where I was. I let him in and he kept up the same bark running toward the front windows and door. I locked up all the doors real fast, let me tell you! He very clearly had seen or heard something that didn't belong on our street.
But overall, I can leave him out in the back yard and he will rarely bark. Even when he plays with other dogs, it's more of a silent wrestling match.
It's a refreshing change from our collie who could never be left outside alone because he would bark incessantly. To the point that the neighbors complained.
I love that Rocket will notify us clearly when something isn't right, and keep quiet the rest of the time.