Barking dogs can be a real nuisance, especially if you live in close proximity to your neighbors. It's possible to train a dog to bark less, but you can improve your odds of having a quiet dog by selecting a breed with a low tendency to bark. Although it's important to remember all dogs will make some noise, here are 10 generally quiet dog breeds.
Dogs vocalize out of excitement, anxiety, boredom, and more. It's their natural way to communicate, and owners must understand the reasons behind the barks before they can address the behavior.
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Afghan hounds are generally quiet and independent, though they can be playful and affectionate around their favorite humans. They are intensely loyal to their families. Their silky coat requires ample grooming, and some Afghans can have a stubborn streak. They're also fairly energetic dogs, so they're not right for every home.
Height: 25 to 27 inches
Weight: 50 to 60 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Long neck; silky coat; colors include blue, cream, and more
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Akitas can make excellent guard dogs and will typically only bark to alert you of danger. They are intensely loyal and often form strong bonds with only a few people. Otherwise, they tend to be aloof around strangers. Consistent training is a must, as many Akitas have a stubborn streak.
Height: 24 to 28 inches
Weight: 70 to 130 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Triangular head; curled tail; thick coat; colors include black, fawn, red, and more
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The basenji is commonly referred to as the dog breed that doesn't bark. Instead, the breed makes a kind of yodeling sound when vocalizing. These dogs are not especially vocal, but they are also not silent. When excited, expect the occasional yodel, squeal, or whine out of these energetic dogs.
Height: 16 to 17 inches
Weight: 22 to 24 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Curled tail; wrinkled forehead; colors include red and white, brindle and white, and more
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The chow chow is a stoic, independent dog breed known for its bear-like appearance and bluish-black tongue. Chows are generally not barkers unless they sense danger. Even then, they're not especially vocal. They sometimes have a reputation for being aggressive, but this is mainly because they want to protect themselves and their families.
Height: 17 to 20 inches
Weight: 45 to 70 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Ruff around head and shoulders; blue-black tongue; colors include red, black, blue, and moreContinue to 5 of 10 below.
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Intelligent and athletic, collies are typically quiet until they have something important to say. This gentle breed can make an excellent companion for many types of homes. Coat care is essential with a brushing a few times per week. Exercise needs also are fairly high, but training is generally easy.
Height: 22 to 26 inches
Weight: 50 to 75 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Rough or smooth coat; colors include sable and white, blue merle, and more
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The greyhound is one of the few hound breeds that can be considered quiet. Although they need a moderate amount of exercise, most greyhounds are easygoing couch potatoes. But some develop very close bonds with their families and will vocalize their displeasure when left alone. Behavioral training can help to correct this.
Height: 27 to 30 inches
Weight: 60 to 70 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Long, narrow body; short, smooth coat; colors include black, blue, red, and more
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The Newfoundland is an affectionate dog that's intensely loyal to its humans. Barking is not common unless your Newfie needs to warn you about something. It takes the right home to accommodate these gentle giants. They need plenty of exercise but not as much grooming as you might think. Most are responsive to training.
Height: 26 to 28 inches
Weight: 100 to 150 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Broad head and body; flat coat; colors include black, brown, and more
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Saint Bernards are generally quiet unless they feel they must warn you of danger. In general, they are highly loyal and affectionate dogs that are eager to please. Take the time to train this breed, as they can be easily distracted and must be controllable at such a large size.
Height: 26 to 30 inches
Weight: 120 to 180 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Muscular body; colors include brown and white, red and white, and moreContinue to 9 of 10 below.
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The shiba inu is typically a quiet dog that might seem reserved or standoffish at first, especially among strangers. The breed tends to be stoic but devoted to its family. These dogs have minimal grooming and average exercise needs, but training can be a challenge due to their independent nature.
Height: 14 to 17 inches
Weight: 17 to 23 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Curled tail; thick coat; colors include black and tan, cream, and red
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Like its greyhound cousin, the whippet is a generally quiet dog. Exercise is important, as the breed's activity needs are moderate to high. And because whippets can be stubborn or easily distracted, training must be consistent. Some whippets can be reserved around strangers, but they're playful and affectionate with their families.
Height: 18 to 22 inches
Weight: 25 to 40 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Arched back; smooth coat; colors include black, fawn, brindle, and more
Breeds to Avoid
Unlike their quiet cousins, several dog breeds are known for their vocal nature. Many terrier breeds, such as the Yorkshire terrier, tend to be barkers—often reacting to movement around their homes. And hound dogs, including basset hounds and beagles, can be rather noisy with their melodious howls, though they typically aren’t excessive barkers.