Whether you’re renting an apartment that has restrictions on barking dogs or you simply hate that 5 a.m. baying, we’ve got you covered. Here are 14 of the quietest dog breeds you should not miss.
1. Bernese Mountain Dog
Bernese Mountain Dog is originally a working breed on Swiss farms. Thanks to their gentle and quiet nature, they play well with young families. They rarely bark unless there is a due cause.
2. French Bulldog
One of the quietest dog breeds is the French Bulldog. They’re ideal choices for apartment dwellers as they don’t need much exercise and won’t disturb the neighbors with loud barking, either.
3. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
This toy breed is friendly, cute and quiet. With such a happy disposition, they are born to be perfect companions. One thing is sure, whenever they see an empty lap, they will jump into it without hesitation.
Borzoi is described as “quiet and catlike” by the American Kennel Club. Although they are excellent at running, they make some of the worst guard dogs. This breed will keep its elegant poise without barking - even if your apartment is being robbed.
5. English Bulldog
How can a list of the quietest dog breeds lack the English Bulldog? They like nothing better than just snoozing on the sofa. Perfect!
Basenji is famous for being a barkless dog breed. However, don’t be fooled, it doesn’t mean they’re completely silent. Occasionally, you may hear them making odd noises that sound like yodels.
7. Australian Shepherd
With an active and bright disposition, Aussies are a popular breed in the U.S. When they see something suspicious they will try to alert their owners in other ways, rather than barking loudly.
8. Scottish Deerhound
Despite standing nearly 3 feet in height, the Scottish Deerhound is elegant and calm. With a loving disposition, they are friendly to everyone they meet. These gentle giants love taking naps at home and rarely bark.
9. Shih Tzu
The name “Shih Tzu” translates to “little lion”. However, it does not mean your shih tzu will bark constantly. On the contrary, this breed stays silent most of the time and typically allows their owner to enjoy a quiet life. Being affectionate and good-natured, they win over owners of all ages.
10. Rhodesian Ridgeback
The Rhodesian ridgeback has a nickname - African lion dog. With an even temper, they will never bark up a storm. If you’re looking for a running buddy, this is one of your best choices as they are great athletes too.
11. Irish Setter
Hunting dogs are always thought of as quiet dogs, as they have that instinct not to alert their prey. In this way, the Irish setter can be thought of as a perfect hunting dog, and as a result, is an excellent companion as well.
12. Shiba Inu
The highly intelligent Shiba Inu has arrived! Native to Japan, the Shiba Inu is quite small. They will never drive you and your neighbor crazy by barking all day long, unlike so many other smaller breeds.
Friendly to people and other dogs, the Whippet is not prone to unnecessary barking. The only thing that you need to be careful of is that they’re so friendly they may even make friends with those who break into your house!
All of the dog breeds on our list are quiet, but this one is the most independent, which can also mean it might be the hardest for you to train. However, if you manage to train a Saluki well, it will be your most loyal companion.