I'm hoping to spend a few months in northern Spain and have just read a book about the Camino de Santiago in which the (Norwegian) author remarked that Spanish dogs bark "a lot" because they are for protection rather than companionship. Obviously it's a subjective judgment, but I am pretty sensitive to ambient noise, so I want to know more about Spanish norms.
Is there in fact more dog barking in Spain than in other countries? Can I expect to hear them in Spanish cities, or only in the countryside? Can I do anything to not end up renting a place next to a barking dog? (Staying in a high-rise does come to mind.)