My girls only bark when someone comes to the door. After they are in they settle down. They are calm and stay under my desk during the day while I work, love to go byby and they are the best dogs to be in public. I get compliments from strangers as well as friends. When we go to a restaurant or for drinks outside (only allowed outside in MD). I put a blanket on the ground or in one of the chairs and they will set there for hours. The boss is the 3.5 pound one, she either hates cats or wants to meet them I am not sure, but she goes nuts with a cat or a squirrel. I have trained all my poodles the same and they all act the same including my prior 5. So I think the main thing is the training.