Dogs That Don’t Bark Much- A List Of Quiet Dog Breeds

All dogs bark and barking are part of communication for them.  But when your dog decides to have a lot to say in the middle of the night, or when it is nap time for the kiddies, or incessantly for no apparent reason, well that tends to get on people’s nerves.  But what if there were a set of quiet dog breeds, that doesn’t bark much? Guess what?  There are breeds that are much quieter than other breeds. 

There are certain breeds that are less likely to bark, and that stays quiet most of the time. These types of dogs vary in size. If you are someone who is looking for said breeds, then look no further!  We have that list of breeds for you right here. 

Afghan Hound 

An Afghan Hound lounging in the grass. This breed is fairly quiet and does not bark much
Afghan Hounds are affectionate and loyal. They also tend to bark less than most dog breeds.

This lovely hound is known for its long, flowing, silk-like hair, and very large size.  This breed is fairly quiet, playful and affectionate.  They are highly loyal to their families and would make a great family pet.

The Afghan requires a lot of grooming, a decent amount of exercise every day.  This breed may not be for everyone, especially if you are looking for a low-maintenance pup. 

Akita

Akita- A quiet dog breed
Akita- A quiet dog breed

The Akita is another quiet dog breed.  They will only bark when necessary.   This breed is large and makes a great dog guard.  However, the Akita may not be for everyone.  Do not expect to be begged to play or receive lots of affection from the Akita. 

You can expect a loyal dog as the Akita is one of the most loyal dogs breeds out there.   A strong bond can also be expected as they bond with one or two humans and will protect them with every fiber in their body. 

This breed is somewhat stubborn and requires firm and consistent training, but always keep things positive.

Basenji

The Basenji is a very quiet dog breed
The Basenji does not actually bark, it yodels!

This dog does not bark at all.  That is because it cannot bark like a typical dog.  The Basenji makes a yodeling sound instead.   Basenjis are not very vocal, but they can be.  For example, if they are excited you may hear a yodel, whine or squeal. 

Basenjis are a small breed and are independent.  They need daily exercise as they are fairly energetic.  This breed is known for being stubborn, so expect lots of training daily.

Bulldog 

The bulldog does not bark much.
Bulldogs are great as a family pet, and they do not bark much.

The bulldog would rather lounge around on the couch for an afternoon nap, than barking at everything that crosses its path.   This breed is one of the quietest breeds, as they are calm and composed most of the time.   Bulldogs are also good with kids as they are extremely affectionate, and they are perfectly fine with living in small quarters.  So, if you live in an apartment, you don’t have to worry about your dog not fitting in with apartment living. 

Bernese Mountain Dog 

A Bernese Mountain Dog Another Quiet Dog Breed
The Bernese Mountain dog may be huge, but it is a quiet dog that does not bark a lot.

A HUGE dog with a lovely personality.  The Bernese Mountain dog is a quiet breed unless of course, there is something to bark about.  This breed is eager to please, loyal and playful.  Oh, and did I mention great with children?

They are easily trained and love bonding with the family.   They do, however, require lots of physical exercise, so be prepared for long walks and games of fetch.  

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 

Cavalier King Charles is a small quiet dog breed
Cavalier King Charles is a small quiet dog breed. This dog is great for apartment living as well.

A small to medium-sized dog, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a dog that does not bark that much.  Even though they are not very vocal, they will warn with a bark if they feel there is danger, or to alert you of a stranger.  

This breed is very affectionate and a delight to live with.  They love to snuggle and would do so all day if given the chance!  The Cavalier is easy to train and does not need a lot of exercise.  

Chow Chow

Chow Chow Dog does not bark a lot.
Chow Chow dog breed is on our list of quiet dog breeds.

Known for their bear-like appearance, the Chow Chow is a quiet dog breed.  The Chow Chow will bark if they sense danger.  

They have been known to be aggressive, but that is mainly due to the fact that they want to protect their family.  This breed is loyal, calm and makes great companions.  

Chow Chows needs lots of grooming and exercise.  They are stubborn, so training can be a bit of a quest, but well worth it in the end. 

Collie

Another quiet dog breed.  The Collie.
Lassie was a Collie, a quiet dog breed that does not do a lot of barking

Collies are a very much-loved dog breed, just watch an episode of Lassie to agree.  This breed is very big, but graceful as well.  The Collie is a quiet dog breed that will alert you if they seem to think that something is off.  

They adapt to any living space be it an apartment or a large home.  The Collie makes a wonderful companion.  The coat is high maintenance unless you trim it short, and it needs to be brushed at least two to three times a week to keep it healthy and shiny.   They are easily trained and need lots of exercise. 

Greyhound

A Greyhound
A Greyhound

This hound is one of the few hounds that are quiet dogs.  They love to snuggle up on the couch and just be lazy for a while.  They do, however, need lots of physical exercise.  So, expect lots of walks.  

A lot of these dogs come from the racing world.   These dogs normally live outside and will have to be trained to live indoors.  They may not know how to climb stairs and may need to be trained to not walk into sliding glass doors.   Once they have been trained for indoors, the Greyhound is a quiet, gentle and loyal companion. 

Newfoundland 

Newfoundland dog in the snow
Newfoundland dog in the snow

This gentle giant is a pleasure to be around.  They are very affectionate, loyal and excellent with children.  Pleasing their humans are their number one priority. The Newfoundland will only bark if trying to warn you about something. 

Not ideal for condo or apartment living.  This dog needs lots of exercise and a big yard.  They do not, however, need a lot of grooming.

Saint Bernards Are Quiet Dogs 

Saint Bernard out in the country
Saint Bernard out in the country

If you have the means and ability to take on this friendly giant, then this may be just the dog for you.  This breed is known for being a first aid dog in the snowy mountains of the Alpes. 

Saint Bernard is a quiet dog that barks when they feel that their humans may be in danger.  They are extremely affectionate, loyal and love to please. Dedicated training is needed with this breed, as they get easily distracted.  They enjoy being with humans and eager to please, so just put the time in needed for training and all will be good.  

Shiba Inu 

Shiba Inu dog in the snow
Shiba Inu dog in the snow

Reserved and standoffish at first sight, the Shiba Inu is a quiet and inquisitive dog breed.   Generally independent and stoic, this dog breed is adaptable and loyal to humans. They are very quiet and are not likely to bark. 

Training with this breed is a bit of a challenge, but once the bond between you and the dog sets in, you will have a highly trained dog, and a wonderful companion. 

This breed does not require a lot of physical exercise, and only minimal grooming is required. 

Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier out in the woods
Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier out in the woods

That’s right folks, a terrier that does not bark!  Who knew? This gentle dog is laid-back and easygoing.  They can adapt to any living space, and are very affectionate.  You may find they just want to curl up with you on the couch.

Rhodesian Ridgeback 

Rhodesian Ridgeback are athletic dogs that don't bark much
Rhodesian Ridgeback are athletic dogs that don’t bark much

This breed is very athletic and requires lots of exercise.  They are faithful and quiet dogs, who won’t bark at everything.  They love long walks, so if you are looking for a hiking buddy, then this is the breed for you.   You will find that the Rhodesian is a great companion. 

Scottish Deerhound

Scottish Deerhound By Linda Lindt/Richard Hawkins - Fernhill website, CC BY 3.0, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26513664
Scottish Deerhound By Linda Lindt/Richard Hawkins

Calm, dignified and elegant, the Scottish Deerhound is friendly to everyone from family to strangers and is loving and affectionate. We do not recommend them for a household that has small pets because they could see them as prey. This gentle giant will not bark unless they feel that there may be a danger to their family.

Whippet 

Whippets are from the Hound family
Whippets are from the Hound family

The Whippet is another quiet hound breed, just like the Greyhound.   This breed looks like the greyhound, but a much smaller version. 

They require the same amount of exercise as the Greyhound, and much-dedicated training. Whippets are known to be stubborn, easily bored, and easily distracted.  Training is key for this breed.

Affectionate and playful, the Whippet is great for families with children.

Conclusion

There are many quiet dog breeds that may be a fit for you.  It depends on where you live and what size dog breed you are looking for.   If you live in an apartment or condo, you may want to go for a smaller breed like the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  If space is not an issue then maybe the Saint Bernard would be best for you and your family.

Remember when looking to purchase a dog, do all your research and find a reputable dog breeder who knows what they are doing. 

FAQ

Are Jack Russells Quiet Dog Breeds?

Um, that would be a negative.  Jack Russells will bark at anything that comes within their eyesight.  Not a good breed if you are looking for a quiet dog. 

Are Beagles Quiet Dog Breeds?

No, they are definitely not a quiet dog breed.  Just getting the scent from something outside will set this breed of into a barking storm.   They are very vocal and not shy about it. 

Bibliography

  • Purina- https://www.purina.com/dogs/dog-breeds/collections/quiet-dog-breeds
  • Wikipedia- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basenji
  • Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds-D. Caroline Coile, Ph.D.
  • The Kennel Club UK- https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/breed/display.aspx?id=1030
  • Canada Kennel Club- https://www.ckc.ca/en/Choosing-a-Dog/Choosing-a-Breed/Toy-Dogs/Cavalier-King-Charles-Spaniel

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