11 Quiet Dog Breeds That Rarely Bark

Would you like a dog that doesn’t bark?

Just like humans, all dog breeds are different and have unique personality traits, temperaments, and behaviors that can be influenced by the way they have been raised by their owners.

For example, if you don’t socialize and train your dog properly from an early age, then your pet will be more likely to develop problematic behavior. However, if you provide them with enough exercise, good food, regular vet check-ups, and regular training sessions, you will have a loyal and happy friend for life that can get along well with other pets and people as well.

Nevertheless, according to animal experts, there are actually some standard characteristics that can describe your dog but can’t be completely influenced by you. Before adopting a dog, you should educate yourself about the desired dog breed, because this way you will know what to expect.

For instance, if you are allergic to pets, but still want to adopt a dog, then try to choose a non-shedding breed. The truth is that the standard features of a dog breed can tell you a lot about the problems you may face.

In addition, one of the most important things that you have to take into consideration before bringing a pet home is where you live and if you are busy most of the day. If you live in an apartment and work all day long, then a dog that barks a lot may not be a good solution for you, because your neighbors may be disturbed and you don’t want to be fined by the police.

So, if you want a dog that doesn’t bark too much, you should avoid these breeds that have been developed to protect sheep and cattle and choose a companion dog instead. That being said, here are some quiet dog breeds that rarely bark. Read on for more info!

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To bark or not to bark?

The Basenji dog breed was originally developed to flush small game into hunters’ nets and to control village rodent populations, but nowadays, they make excellent pets for any kind of family, especially for those who don’t want a dog that barks a lot for no reason.

According to animal experts, this dog breed can adapt to apartment living and can be the best option for novice pet parents because they are easy to train. The breed is known for not barking, but of course, they are not silent. To be more specific, they emit a yodel-like sound (commonly called a “baroo”) instead of a traditional bark.


The Newfoundland dog breed was initially developed as a working dog to pull nets for fishermen and haul wood from the forest, but this is not their only skill – the breed is really good at swimming and makes an excellent family companion as well. So if you’re looking for a pup that doesn’t bark, there you go.

The Newfoundland is a sweet, loving, smart, and loyal dog that loves to spend time with children. They are protective, gentle, and friendly with them. Fans of this breed say that they are not only quiet but also good at rescuing people from the water thanks to their swimmingskills.

In addition, they are easy to train, as Newfies tend to quickly learn new tricks and commands. Moreover, the socializing and training process should begin at an early age, otherwise, you will have a large dog breed with problematic behavior.


The Greyhound dog breed was originally bred to chase hares, foxes, and deer, as they can reach speeds of 40 to 45 miles/ hour. Nowadays, Greyhounds also participate in many dog sports and make excellent companions for any type of family. Also, they can get along well with other pets.

Even though they are large dogs, they are not aggressive towards strangers. Although they are quiet and rarely bark, they let you know when a stranger is approaching your house. Designed as sprinters, not distance runners, they don’t need  moderate exercise, so they will be satisfied even with a daily walk. However, it is important to remember that Greyhounds do fine in apartments or homes with small yards as well.

Coton de Tulear

The Coton de Tulear dog breed is known for being very quiet. They are sweet, loving, cuddly, and very smart creatures that love to spend time with their favorite people. In fact, they can get along well with everyone, whether we are talking about kids, strangers, other dogs, or animals.

Moreover, the best part is that they can live in apartments, are considered low-maintenance dogs, and maybe the best option for novice pet owners as they are easy to train. So, if you want to adopt such a lovely and quiet breed, then Coton de Tulear may be perfect for you.


The Chinook is a very sensitive and gentle dog breed that doesn’t like to bark too much, making them perfect for people who don’t want a pet that barks a lot for no reason. If you want a jogging or hiking companion, then the Chinook can be perfect for you.

As you probably already know, this dog breed is not aggressive, but their size can scare people around you when you take a walk in the park. But even though they aren’t aggressive, you still have to socialize and train them properly from an early age to help them develop a good temperament and behavior.

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Chinese Shar Pei

According to animal experts, the Chinese Shar Pei will only bark to alert the presence of a real danger, but in essence, they are quiet and gentle dogs. The breed was developed to guard, hunt, and later on to fight, but nowadays, they can make wonderful family companions.

The Chinese Shar Pei is calm enough that they can live in an apartment. Just like any other dog breeds out there, they need proper training from an early age, otherwise, they tend to develop problematic behavior. Like the Chow, this dog breed has a dark tongue, which is considered normal, so you don’t have to worry about that.

Moreover, they do not need frequent bathing, but when you do this, you have to dry them thoroughly. Although they are purebred dogs, you can find them even in animal shelters, so try to adopt instead of buying, if you want to save an innocent life.


The Bullmastiff is another silent dog breed that doesn’t bark for no reason. They are often regarded as the “silent watchdog,” making them perfect for people who live in an apartment. Although they are large dogs, they are gentle, loving, smart, and friendly souls.

What many people don’t know about this breed is that they don’t really need a lot of exercise, but they will be satisfied with a few short daily walks to meet their needs. In addition, this dog breed sheds little and requires only minimal grooming, so they are excellent companions for people who suffer from pet allergies.

Importantly, you have to take into consideration before adopting such a breed that they can be aggressive towards other animals, especially if they are not properly socialized – but this can be found in any pet, regardless of their breed.


Unfortunately, the Bulldog was originally bred to drive cattle to market, as well as to compete in an extremely aggressive sport called bullbaiting, but luckily, they are now gentle companions that can be your children’s friends for life.

First and foremost, if you want to adopt a Bulldog, try to check your local animal shelter, because even though they are purebred dogs, many people abandon them. Hence, try to save a life by adopting one, instead of buying one.

Moreover, they can sometimes be lazy and tend to eat a lot of food, so try to take them for a walk every day to prevent obesity. Before adopting a Bulldog, know that they can’t tolerate heat and humidity, so take them indoors if they show signs of overheating.

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The Borzoi is another silent dog breed (yey for no barking) that makes a wonderful family companion. This dog breed is more likely to develop abdominal bloating, so you should provide them with frequent small meals and try to avoid strenuous exercise after eating.

If you want them to get along well with your children, you should introduce them to your family from a young age. Of course, they won’t bark unless it’s absolutely necessary. The Borzoi is not a common breed, so if you want one, try to find a responsible breeder or check your local animal shelter.

In conclusion, the Borzoi is a quiet, sensible, intelligent, and loyal breed that loves to spend time with their favorite people, but you shouldn’t leave them alone at home for long periods of time.

Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog was initially developed to herd cattle and as watchdogs, but nowadays they can make excellent loyal companions (and they don’t bark a lot). Animal experts say that if you suffer from pet allergies, the Bernese Mountain Dog may not be a good option for you, as they shed a lot.

Fans of this breed say that they tend to bark only if there is a real danger. They also have a tendency to chase smaller animals, but if you train and socialize them properly, they can be really gentle and loving.

That being said, a well-trained Bernese Mountain Dog makes a wonderful companion that will adore the whole family. Of course, they love to spend time with children, but you need to focus more on their socialization training.

Before adopting a dog, you have to make sure that you have all the essential resources to raise an innocent soul, whether we are talking about money to meet their needs (such as good food, regular vet checkups, treatments, and so on), or other intangible things (such as affection and attention, daily walks, training sessions and so on).

Unfortunately, many people realize, after bringing a pet home, that they can’t keep them because they have to work all day and their neighbors complain about their barking and crying, or for other various reasons, so they abandon their furry friends. Bringing a pet home requires responsibility, commitment, and loyalty, so try to inform yourself before adopting an innocent soul, otherwise, you risk ruining a poor life.

Saint Bernard

The Saint Bernard dog breed was originally developed to rescue people in the Swiss Alps. They are affectionate with just about everyone they meet, whether we are talking about strangers, children or dogs, or other animals.

That being said, even though Saint Bernard is a large dog breed, they are extremely quiet, loving and friendly creatures, but they are not best suited for apartments, because they need enough space to move. Being developed to withstand the cold temperatures of the Alps, Saint Bernard does not do well in the heat. So, bring them inside if they show signs of overheating.

According to animal experts, this dog breed is not known for barking without a real cause. Unfortunately, experts say that they are a short-lived breed, usually only 8 to 10 years. However, if you want to learn more about pets, here’s a good book for you!

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5 Responses

  1. Thank you for all this information. Keep writing about different types of dogs and their personalities. Keeping people informed before they adopt or buy a pet. I really enjoyed reading this.

  2. The sharpei is not a good family breed dog or dog for most people. It was bred to fight and retains that aggression. Training cannot override centuries of breeding for fighting and it’s a liability to attack people or other animals without warning. My neighbor’s sheep were disemboweled by a sharpie that jumped their fence and attached them. Chow is another with too much selection for aggression in the blood. These are both on the uninsurable list for homeowner’s insurance for a reason.

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