15 Quiet Dog Breeds That Rarely Bark
1. Bernese Mountain Dog
Originally a working breed found on Swiss farms, the gentle giants now work well with young families thanks to their even-keeled nature. They will play favorites though, often becoming attached to one person in particular.
2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
There’s a reason why Charlotte had one in Sex and the City. The toy breed’s attributes fit city living to a T: quiet, friendly and (of course) insanely cute.
3. French Bulldog
Another happy apartment dweller, Frenchies don’t need much exercise other than brisk walks. Their playful nature doesn’t manifest in barking either.
The same goes for the English version. The beefier pups won’t pipe up too often since they’re perfectly content to keep snoozing on the sofa.
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The basenji is literally known as the “barkless dog,” but the breed’s not completely mute. When they decide to speak up, the hounds make odd noises that sound similar to yodels.
The American Kennel Club describes them as “quiet and catlike,” but borzois stand out in more ways than one. The greyhound-like dogs can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour when they start sprinting!
7. Scottish Deerhound
Standing nearly 3 feet high at the shoulder, a Scottish Deerhound won’t fit in your lap, but the tall hound makes up for it with a dignified and gentle personality. Their middle-of-the-road energy levels means they can appreciate a good gallop outdoors, followed up by a long nap.
8. Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier
Wheatens will bark when necessary, but usually make their presence known with what’s called the “Wheaten greetin'”: an enthusiastic hello with lots of jumping.
9. Shiba Inu
While they’re most widely known as part of the popular doge meme, Shibas won’t be saying “much wow” anytime soon. The canines stay pretty mum — until they engage in the occasional “Shiba scream.”
10. Australian Shepherd
Active and bright, Aussies as a breed actually developed mostly in the U.S. The herders will alert their owners as needed, but they’re unlikely to start barking up a storm.
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11. Irish Setter
Setters are hunting dogs, not guard dogs, so their vocalizations tend to follow suit. The red-coated beauties possess lots of energy, but good natures to boot.
12. Shih Tzu
Shih tzus historically lived with Chinese royalty, but they’re more than happy to reside in your humble abode. The joyful pups have over a thousand years experience serving as companions, so they’re expert roommates.
13. Glen of Imaal Terrier
If you love terriers’ spunk but could do with a little less, um, excitability, this gentler breed is for you. Glens still have that strong spirit at heart, but play it a bit cooler (and quieter) when something’s afoot.
They’re independent (i.e. a little tough to train), but one word that does not describe salukis is loud. The quick-footed hounds sprint at top speeds, and their loyalty to their owners ranks as one of their top qualities.
15. Rhodesian Ridgeback
“African Lion Dogs” get top marks for their even tempers, athleticism and affectionate natures. Hair growing in the opposite direction is what forms the trademark ridge along the spine.
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