That's a tough one. Mikey is not a barker and I think the only reason he isn't is because I never had him around dogs that barked
and I was with him 24/7 for the first 3 months so his needs were met right on que
. He was also socialized big time with people of ALL ages, colors and size from the get go
. Also he was around noisy cars and sirens and pounding from building from day one
so he doesn't scare easy. We got him used to cars, bikes, skate boards, scooters, wheelchairs, walkers, you name it from the beginning.
He's the only dog I've ever owned that doesn't bark much. It's GREAT
But, he is only 5 months old and we will be moving soon so we'll see if my luck continues.
I never knew, or took the time with my other dogs like I have with Mikey because my husband wasn't a dog person and I wanted Mikey to be good so I put the work in and so far it's worth it.
I know personality makes a huge difference too when it comes to barkers but I believe if they have confidence in themselves and their surroundings and can experience as much as possible early on it will keep them from being as nervous and have nervous barking at least.
Keep in mind dogs do need to bark once and awhile. It's their job to let you know if they hear something they perseve as a concern or danger for you. I tell Mikey, "thank you Mikey, I hear it too. It's ok" or "let's check it out" and he stops barking. He did his job.
I never let him bark at me if he wants to play or wants my attention. They usually try that sometime in their early development. DON'T LET THAT HAPPEN. Ignore it and turn away so he realizes he got the opposite effect.
Just my 2 cents
Can't wait to see your new little puppy. Post lots of pictures