15 Dog Breeds That Don’t Bark

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Believe it or not, there are some dogs that are generally calm and don’t bark much at all! They are more than happy to lounge quietly by your side and keep you company. These are the dog breeds that will be perfect for your cozy condo or apartment, as they will not be a bother to your neighbors.

Dogs That Don’t Bark; Labradoodle; Pixabay

While it is often true that smaller dogs bark more, and also that larger dogs tend to be calmer and quieter, this list will prove that’s not always the case. Included in the details for each dog breed is their size and their grooming requirements, in case you’re looking for that perfect blend of a quiet dog breed that doesn’t shed much – a very low-maintenance dog.

Please do keep in mind that this list is just a general guide, and that not all dogs of any specific breed will act exactly as expected. Their individual temperaments will be unique, as each of them is a product of their breeding and their surroundings.

Read on to see the list we’ve compiled of the (potentially) quietest dog breeds!

16 dog breeds that don’t bark

1. Afghan Hound

Size: large / Grooming: frequent, sheds significantly

The Afghan Hound is most well-known for its long, silky & beautiful coat – the reason they are frequent competitors (and winners!) in dog shows. Less well-known about the Afghan Hound is its gentle nature. This breed barks infrequently, and generally only at strangers they perceive to be a threat. Despite their large size, they can be quite comfortable in smaller abodes such as apartments or condos.


2. Akita

American Akita; Pixabay

Size: large / Grooming: infrequent, sheds moderately

The Akita is a spitz-type dog, one of the oldest native dogs of Japan, originating from the Akita Prefecture. As with all things Japanese, the Akita is very polite and reserved – this includes not barking unless with good reason to do so. The Akita is an independent breed that maintains strong, affectionate ties with its owner-family and small children. However, without early & proper obedience training, they can be somewhat aggressive with strangers and with other dogs.

Perhaps the most famous Akita in popular culture is Hachiko, known as the “world’s most loyal dog” for waiting daily at the train station for his master to get home, and upon whom a movie was based.


3. Basenji

Size: small / Grooming: infrequent, sheds little

The Basenji is a spitz-type, sighthound from Central Africa (Congo). Commonly known as the “barkless dog“, the Basenji technically does not bark because it produces a yodel-like sound instead, attributable to the unique shape of its larynx.  The Basenji is historically a hunting dog, bred to be silent, quick and athletic in order to chase its prey successfully. They are also a curious & independent breed, which is what makes them good hunters; however, this does make them a difficult breed to train. They tend to get attached to a single member of their household (owner), are particularly wary of strangers, and may not get along with other, non-canine pets in their household.

4. Bolognese

Bolognese; Pixabay

Size: small / Grooming: infrequent, sheds little

The Bolognese is a bichon-type dog of Italian origin. Bred to be a companion dog, this breed loves attention and is very sociable with both humans & other pets alike. They are known to be intelligent, playful, loyal dogs, and they develop a particularly strong bond with their owner. They are watchdogs in the truest sense of the word, in that they are quick to notice changes or something new in their surroundings, but are non-aggressive and are not quick to bark.


5. Bulldog

Bulldog; Pixabay

Size: medium / Grooming: infrequent, sheds moderately

The Bulldog is of English origin and is known for its distinctive appearance of thick folds of skin, short upturned nose, pronounced underbite and wide body. They are a peaceful, non-aggressive breed, preferring to sit quietly in a warm corner of the house, snoozing most of the day. They are friendly and gentle, making for excellent family pets, as they get along swimmingly with children and other household pets. Notably they are also stubborn and not very easy to train.


6. Bullmastiff

Bullmastiff; Pixabay

Size: large / Grooming: frequent, sheds moderately

The Bullmastiff is an English working guard dog, a breed known for being gentle giants – large and strong, but quiet, calm and perceptive in nature. They will, however, need early obedience and socialization training to reach their greatest doggy potential, as they have a tendency to become somewhat stubborn without this. They thrive when given enough attention at home, and make great companions for growing children. Some caution for households with younger children, as the Bullmastiff’s sheer size can be overpowering – they reach an average weight of 110 to 120 pounds (50 to 55 kg).


7. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel; Pixabay

Size: small / Grooming: frequent, sheds significantly

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a hunting dog that can trace its history to 18th century England. Later on they were appreciated for their diminutive size and were kept as lap dogs. This breed is very playful and sociable, exhibiting friendliness with all they encounter, including small children, large dogs,  even strangers. Additionally, they are quickly able to adapt to their surroundings – small apartments or larger country houses, single-pet or multi-pet households. They are currently quite a popular breed in the US, the UK and elsewhere in the world.

8. Collie

Rough Collie; Pixabay

Size: medium to large / Grooming: frequent, sheds significantly

The Collie, which is the Rough Collie in the case, is a Scottish sheep-herding dog, most popularly known as the breed of Lassie, a fictional dog character. The Rough Collie is a very calm, non-aggressive, sometimes-shy breed of dog, making it a great choice for family pet. They thrive in larger homes with open spaces and are sociable with small children. They also respond quite well to obedience training, and readily learn to reduce the frequency of their bark.


9. Great Dane

Great Dane puppy; Pixabay

Size: large / Grooming: infrequent, sheds significantly

The Great Dane is a giant-sized hunting dog of German origin. averaging 150 pounds (68 kg) in weight. This breed is another great example of the “gentle giant” because they are very affectionate with their owners, and are also generally sociable with other humans and animals. They are sometimes jokingly described as lazy, attributable to their peaceful nature and frequent snoozing throughout the day. They easily adapt to physical spaces, small apartments and large houses alike, and make great family pets.


10. Golden Retriever

Size: large / Grooming: frequent, sheds significantly

The Golden Retriever is a Scottish breed dating back to the 19th century. This breed’s hallmark is its gentle nature, eagerness to please and easy sociability with humans and animals of all sizes. They are also known to be hard working and bear a sense of responsibility, making them a frequent choice of working dog for various functions, such as disability assistance dog or police dog. Furthermore, they make an excellent choice for family pet, known for spreading good cheer wherever they go.


11. Newfoundland

Newfoundland; Pixabay

Size: large / Grooming: frequent, sheds significantly

The Newfoundland is a giant-sized working dog of Canadian origin. This breed is placid, thoughtful and affectionate, as many larger-sized dog breeds tend to be. Their tendency to bark is easy to suppress with early training. They socialize well with other pets and children, but should be watched around smaller children, not due to their temperament, but because of their sheer size and the inherent clumsiness that comes with it.

12. Pug

Pug puppy; Pixabay

Size: small / Grooming: infrequent, sheds moderately

The Pug is a toy-sized dog that originated from China. They were brought over to Europe in the 16th century and gained popularity as companion dogs in the 19th century, after Queen Victoria of England took an interest in this breed. They are very affectionate, and have often been described as charming, making them a great family pet. They also get along very well with children, being the perfect size for play with smaller children. They are quite playful and love attention from their humans, but are also obedient and eager to please.


13. St Bernard

St Bernard; Pixabay

Size: large / Grooming: frequent, sheds moderately

The St Bernard is a giant-sized dog originally from Switzerland. They were bred to be working dogs, serving many functions in this respect; as such they are an obedient and easy to train breed. They are typically affectionate, peaceful, and even-tempered. Obedience and socialization training for this breed, as with most large-sized breeds, should begin early.


14. Shar-Pei

Shar-Pei; Pixabay

Size: medium / Grooming: infrequent, sheds little

The Shar-Pei is a Chinese-origin breed known for the plentiful folds of skin (wrinkles) covering its body, which do lessen as it ages. Bred to be a guard dog, the Shar-Pei is fearful of strangers, but extremely loyal and affectionate with its family. Early socialization training will temper this mistrust of strangers and make this breed friendlier in general. They are sometimes stubborn, but repsond well to training with a simple command-and-reward method.


15. Whippet

Whippet; Pixabay

Size: medium  / Grooming: infrequent, sheds moderately

The Whippet is a sighthound of English origin, and, sadly, frequently used in dog racing up to this day. This gives you an idea on how agile Whippets are – they reach speeds of 35 miles per hour. They are a quiet breed, and are generally content to lounge around their houses for most of the day. They will, however, require regular, daily exercise, as all dogs do.

That concludes our list! A final word on the barking patterns of dogs, including the ones on this list: dogs that belong to a multi-dog household will develop pack mentality, and that comes with problems of its own. Simply put, dogs that live in packs will generally bark more than dogs in single-pet households, often due to compatriotism or some (mostly harmless) intra-pack aggression. More about that in this article and this article.

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