I really dont get why people say dogs dont talk because all of the dog experts say "oh yeah,thats his way of talking" or "he is talking when he barks"! Dogs talk and when you say that,people always say dogs cant talk! THEY CAN!
My dog Rinoa tries to talk, I think. She makes little snorting noises at me. She does it to my mom and dad also, but mostly to me.
A couple of nights ago, I was asleep and Rinoa wanted back up on my bed (she can't jump up on it in the dark for some reason). So my mom put her up. My mom said that Rinoa went over to my face and was making those snorting noises at me.
All of my dogs communicate with me using different vocalizations, along with facial expressions and body language. I know when Beau is telling me I need to fill the water bowl, or he's hungry, wants to go out to potty, or out to chase some FLB, or is bored, or wants affection, or wants something, but he's not sure what! The same is true for Maddy, Lucia, and Luc. Much of our communication with each other is silent; it's all in the eyes, and then body language.
GSD's are known for being very vocal. Mine have always 'talked' to me extensively, especially my females. One of my past female GSD's would run and jump into my arms and "tell me all about it" whenever her feelings got hurt by one of the boys. (she was such a drama queen! lol) My current GSD female is the most vocal I have ever heard. I guess she's just a chatty female.
My other breeds have never been much for 'talking' though. My Golden/BC just gives me the 'look' when communicating with me. My ACD gets all smiley and hands (paws) on when she wants to communicate. My others I guess are the strong silent types. Absolutely no talking there.