Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.
Dog Breeds That Don't Bark Very Much
This is a group of dogs who don’t bark much. This list does not promise to provide a guaranteed solution to all of your problems as it is much easier to get a breed that will bark, and then train the dog to fit your needs. Well, almost always easier. There are a few breeds that will bark a lot no matter what you do!
5 Dogs That Bark Very Little
- Shiba Inu
- New Guinea Singing Dog
1. Shiba Inu
This breed is not going to be quiet, just because she does not bark much. The Siberian Husky and the Beagle also make the list of breeds who do not bark much, but both breeds of dog are vocal. If you watch the video, you will see a well-trained Shiba Inu puppy vocalizing.
They are great dogs though, and they are small enough for an apartment and easy to housebreak. If you want to train them for other things, though, it will take some experience and patience. If you want a clean and playful dog that won´t bark much, this is the dog you should choose.
This dog has the supermodel look down almost as much as a Saluki. Actually, the Borzoi is more of a long-haired Greyhound, and like those dogs, they have been selected to chase down game animals. They have never been selected for their abilities as a watchdog and will usually ignore visitors and sometimes even their owner.
Plenty of Borzoi owners will dispute this, of course, and all dogs are individuals. Not all of them will fit the breed stereotype.
Some dog fanciers think the Borzoi is not intelligent since he usually does not listen to commands. It may just be that this dog chooses not to obey. The dog is tall, comes in many colors, and, as long as you have a large area, you can release him in every once in a while, (like an enclosed dog park) does fine living in a small home.
If you need a dog who doesn’t bark much (and don’t mind a tall dog who sheds everywhere), this is a pretty good choice.
This dog is more likely to take over your couch than bark. Greyhounds are skinny but who knows how they stay that way, since most of the time they just eat, sleep, read about dog racing on the internet, and work on their blogs. Like the Borzoi, they might want to go after your cat or any other small animal in the house, but with a little training, the coursing habit can usually be worked out of them.
Although this dog may not be good with young children or overactive iron men, this is a great breed if you are looking for a companion who will keep your lounge chair warm when you are out of the room and doesn’t bark much.
Like all sighthounds, he should be exercised in an enclosed space, like a dog park.
More on Greyhounds
- Five Great Dog Breeds for an Apartment
Are you thinking about getting a dog but need a breed that will fit into your apartment? These five breeds are all great and can do well in a small area.
4. New Guinea Singing Dog
This is a non-barking dog, but since they are so rare it is not an animal you are likely to find for your apartment. The breed is wild and really only available at a few zoos; in fact, the video I´ve added here is shot at a zoo. The dog is not howling, definitely not barking—it really is kind of singing. Even in New Guinea there aren´t many around anymore, though, since they have been crossed with domestic feral dogs.
Even if you could buy one of these dogs you probably would not want to. They are difficult to socialize, have a high prey instinct so would probably kill other little pets around your house, are aggressive with other dogs, and would probably not be affectionate, even if you could handle the other issues.
I think I´d rather have a dog that barks.
This dog is the champion of this category. He might bark if he could, but nature did not make him that way, so all he can do is make a “yodel” sound. (As well as a screech, a howl, and a bunch of other odd noises.) Some Basenji owners claim that their dogs can bark, but they usually choose not to. If that is true, it makes me like these dogs even more. It would take a special dog to resist a bark.
The dog is known to be playful, but he also likes to sit around. So not only are they barkless, but they are also slacker dogs that do great in apartments. They are kind of small, about 25 pounds, but since they are fairly wild they need a lot of exercise, as much as you would consider normal for a big dog.
Just about any dog will bark. This is just a list of dogs that bark less. If your dog is barking a lot, you need to look at several options before choosing one of these breeds. Read my article on barking and discuss this problem with a good dog trainer.
If you do not have a dog at the moment, and are interested in finding one of these breeds, your first step should be to check the internet and find the local breed rescue in your area. You should also contact your local animal shelter and find out if they have the dog you might be searching for, and check Petfinder.com to find dogs available in your area.
Do not go to a pet shop to find a dog that does not bark much. Pet shops usually sell dogs from puppy mills, and although your new dog may not have barking problems, he may have many other problems that will complicate your life.
More on Barking Issues
- How to Train A Dog when to Bark and Stop
This article will give you instructions on how to teach your dog to bark on command. You can use this command when playing games or when training your dog for personal protection. Learn more here.
© 2012 Dr Mark
GOKistler on October 26, 2017:
I agree with the other poster about Beagles. I had a friend that had one and OMG the dog would not stop barking! It drove everyone nuts so the only remedy was a bark collar.
Lily14 on January 06, 2017:
so cute I have a yorkie. Barks
Audrey Selig from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on December 07, 2014:
Dr Mark I like your dog articles, and you are a vet. We used to have Golden Retrievers, and our last one lived for fourteen years, the longest of all. I have a picture of her on a hub, and maybe you could see her. The non barking or least barking dogs was very special. I will comment on another article tomorrow. Sharing, Blessings, Audrey
Laura on October 21, 2014:
I have a shiba inu and she is not a quite dog,she barks if someone or something is on the property and she talks, a lot and loudly when she wants something.
Ed Palumbo from Tualatin, OR on February 21, 2014:
Both my dogs (a dachshund and a rat terrier mix) are normally quiet, but they have their moments. A friend's basenji is remarkably bright and well-behaved. I'm pleased to see that breed recommended with others.
Michelle Dee from Charlotte, NC on December 14, 2013:
DrMark you got me again with that cutie face puppy photo at the beginning, and Yuki is adorable! Voted up and across!
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 17, 2013:
Guess what, me? Dogs are individuals. Some dogs, even from a breed that does not bark much, will bark. Beagles do not bark much but they are vocal and like to howl--they are not quiet.
me on October 05, 2013:
I grew up with a Beagle & it was the loudest dog I've ever witnessed and I've been around many dogs throughout my life. He'd bark all the time for all different reasons, so saying that a Beagle is a quiet breed inaccurate.
Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on September 07, 2013:
Thanks, I'll look it up.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on September 07, 2013:
DzyMsLizzy, there is an ultrasonic device to reduce barking. You can buy one that looks like a birdhous and put it up by your neighbors house. It does not work for all dogs, but may help. You can see it at my hub on "How to train your dog not to bark". Some breeds bark a lot though, but this may help!
Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on September 05, 2013:
I wish my across-the-street neighbors had one of these, instead of the FIVE little YAPPERS they do have! It is so aggravating, they get left out in the front fenced area most of the day all weekend, and yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap in unison if a flea so much as walks down the street.
It is not harmonious, and we've asked politely to have her please bring them inside when it gets really bad...since hubby isn't well, he doesn't need that. There's no way to train someone else's dogs.....
But I did enjoy the article, and laughed at the Shibu Ina..which breed I've never heard of before.
Pamela Dapples from Just Arizona Now on September 05, 2013:
I enjoyed this. I hadn't heard of three of the breeds you have talked about here.
I don't really mind a barking dog -- especially if the dog is with me and if the house needs guarding. Voting up, interesting and sharing.
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 25, 2013:
Hi Sue they are lovely, but I do not know if I could put up with the screams and whines. I guess I prefer barking!
Susan Bailey from South Yorkshire, UK on March 25, 2013:
I just love the red Shiba Inu's. If I was to have a dog it would be one of these. They often 'scream' if they are threatened which is a bit of a weird noise. Thanks for a lovely informative hub.
mya on March 14, 2013:
i so sad i need a dog no one play with me. can you help me
mya on March 14, 2013:
i need a dog
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on September 12, 2012:
Thanks for the comment. It is a cute little puppy, isn't it? I really appreciate your visit.
iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on September 12, 2012:
The shiba inu is adorable! It just kind of yelps. :)
Dr Mark (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 05, 2012:
Thanks for the comments. That waterdog sounds like the ultimate solution in bark control!
DoItForHer on August 04, 2012:
The shiba inu video had a surprising amount of good stuff in it. For a supposedly hard to train dog, it performed amazingly well. A great example of the power of training.
Really enjoyed the noises. Makes me laugh.
wetnosedogs from Alabama on August 03, 2012:
Amazing dogs that have their own vocal thing going.
Jenny is the barker in this family. She has to have the last word.
Pamela-anne from Miller Lake on August 03, 2012:
Thanks for the useful tips on the dogs that bark less thank goodness my waterdog (who is a Red Devil Cichlid Mr.Fish) does not bark thanks for sharing. take care.
healthylife2 on August 03, 2012:
I really enjoyed this and am sure barking really bothers some owners. Although my dog barks especially when someone is at the door at least he doesn't shed.
Ari Lamstein on August 03, 2012:
14 Dog Breeds That Rarely Bark
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.
5 Small Breeds That Totally Disprove the “Little Yapper” Myth
You want a small dog breed, but you don’t want him to bark and be yippy (like many small dogs can be). Then you don’t want my Lola, she is a Chihuahua! She is quiet all day until the doorbell rings, or my neighbor knocks on the door and then she lets the world know she is there. Don’t worry, there are small dog breeds out there that will meet your needs for them to, well, be small, and also quiet.
Small Breeds That Don’t Bark- Much
Norwegian Lundehund: I have not heard of this guy before, and it turns out he is pretty rare to the US. He is sometimes referred to as The Puffin Dog, as he was originally bred to catch Puffin birds in the Norwegian islands (how cool is that?!) Even his anatomy is very different, his neck bends almost all the way back! As you might guess, he has a thick coat to keep him warm is the cold Norwegian climate. He is quiet and loyal but can be quite stubborn!
French Bulldog: This adorable pudge does great in apartment living because doesn’t bark much. He is sweet and charming and doesn’t require much grooming. If you live in the countryside, he will like that too. He will also like to keep the spot on your couch warm while you are away! A daily walk will suit him just fine, and some playing in the house.
Shiba Inu: He looks like a fox, so beware when you are walking around at night! He should never be left alone off leash (or with you off leash!) he has a strong prey drive, he will take off when he spots something. The Shiba Inu will enjoy jogging but also be a great indoor buddy. He is independent, so if you are turned off by a dog who is always in your face and needing attention, he isn’t like that. Bonus, he is easy to groom!
English Toy Spaniel: This black and brown beauty has long floppy ears that make it look like he has long black hair! He is similar to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel but not quite as well known. He is quiet and adaptable to any living situation, as long as he can be near you.
Chinese Crested: Every time I see a photo of a Chinese Crested dog, I laugh, but in a good way. He has such a unique look about him! He is quiet, but he also prefers to be close to his owners at all times. This quirky looking fella doesn’t do well when left alone for long periods of time, he is a bit sensitive. If you fall in love with his look, be sure to have a few sweaters for him, he gets cold easily as he is hairless, unless you opt for his brother the Powder Puff type.
All dogs bark, it’s how they communicate, but there are some (as I have found for you) that are quieter than others. Unfortunately, small dogs have a bad rap for being yippy barkers. Let’s stop the discrimination against small dogs! On a more serious note, if barking does become a problem, there is some training you can do with him to help him to understand when it is ok to bark and when he needs to be quiet.
#7: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Among the small breeds, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel isn’t a big barker. And their silent ease is part of what makes them so gracefully fit for royalty.
This dog was originally bred as a popular dog for the European ruling class. And it’s easy to speculate that royal lords and ladies wouldn’t want their important meetings and social affairs interrupted by a yapping pooch. Exactly how much the wooflessness was bred for isn’t well-known, but it’s clear that potential Owners were looking for an even-tempered, quiet lap dog.
That’s not to say that they can’t develop a barking habit. Many small dogs can be prone to excessive barking as a result of separation anxiety or fear. But, when their Owners take special care to address the signs of Small Dog Syndrome , these dogs tend to settle into their laid-back, friendly selves. Leaving them in the care of a local Pet Sitter can also lower the risk of separation anxiety.
Here is our list of the top eight breeds who don’t bark a lot:
The Basenji is the only breed in the world which actually does not bark. However, the Basenji still finds ways to communicate that do involve some sounds including yodeling, crying noises, and even screams. The Basenji is a breed that is known for its independence, a trait that was prized by hunters who selected the breed to accompany them on hunting expeditions. They are difficult to train, masters at escape attempts, and have an immense prey drive.
Old English Bulldog
The jovial Old English Bulldog is a charming chap of a pooch. A low energy breed, the Bulldog is not given to much noise making though he certainly does have a lot of fun! Though Bulldogs are not known to be barkers, they do make sounds that are all their own including lots of grunting and snoring. They are excellent family companions because of their gentle nature.
Coton de Tulear
The elegant looking Coton de Tulear is a French breed which is gaining in popularity. The fact that this dog breed is rarely known to bark is only one of its qualities that makes this pooch a wonderful family pet. By nature, the Coton de Tulear protects its property and will alert bark at the detected presence of danger. An extremely affectionate breed, the Coton de Tulear craves the company of his people and does best in a home where he is not frequently left alone.
Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog is known for his steady nature. He is a laidback family companion who is naturally cautious of new people and experiences. This is one dog who is not particularly vocal, making him well-suited to life in a family as well as apartment living. The Bernese Mountain Dog does have moderate activity requirements but requires regular grooming to prevent his coat from becoming matted.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is considered a toy breed though he is not necessarily as diminutive in size as is typically associated with that group of dogs. Though many toy dogs have a reputation for being yappy, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is not among them. Though this breed will bark from time to time, they are most often quite quiet. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is an extremely well-mannered dog by nature, but as with all dogs, will require some training to establish boundaries and house rules.
A comical little gentleman, the French Bulldog is quickly becoming one of America’s most popular dog breeds. The French Bulldog, who is affectionately known as the “Frenchie” by many breed aficionados, will bark on occasion but is better known for sounds more characteristic of the breed such as snorting, sniffling, and frequently…ahem…passing gas…loudly.
The majestic Greyhound is another breed who could be considered one of the strong, silent types. A breed known for their intense intelligence and speed, the Greyhound is naturally very clean by nature, making them the ideal choice for families who would like the company of a dog without a lot of mess to deal with. Greyhounds shed only minimally and do not suffer with any odors that can befall other breeds. They are known for being polite and gentle.
Though many are intimidated by the imposing looks of the Bullmastiff, the breed is actually quite soft-natured. A confident dog with a natural love of children, the Bullmastiff is quiet and steady in his demeanor and temperament. Though the Bullmastiff was intended for guard dog work and can be territorial, he is also easily adaptable to new surroundings and experiences. Fearlessness is a hallmark of the breed. The Bullmastiff’s coat is quite short making it easy to clean, groom, and maintain, another bonus for families looking for a low maintenance dog who does not bark a lot.
Is Your Dog a Barker?
If you are already the proud owner of a dog who thinks barking is the bomb, there are some things that you can do to help curtail the behavior. Since dogs are quick to imitate the behavior of other dogs, it is important to determine ahead of time if your dog is simply mimicking what he hears another pooch doing. If so, it’s time to put some preventive measures in place by removing your dog’s access to the dog that is triggering the barking in him.
But sometimes it is not so easy to separate your dog from the dog that is eliciting the undesirable response. In that case, the best thing to do is to try to determine the source of the trigger. Is your dog a breed with high prey drive? If so, is your dog barking because there is a cat nearby or birds flying overhead? It might be best to restrict outdoor time until a time of day when the neighbor’s cat is safely inside or the birds have flown away to someone else’s street to torment their dogs for awhile.
Does your dog bark at passersby while gazing out your front window? If so, remove Fido’s ability to see out your window or front door. Limiting exposure to a trigger is the best means to help curb undesirable behavior in your dog.
Ready to bring your next family pooch home but need to make sure you don’t purchase a barker?
Check out one of our top eight breeds who don’t bark a lot! You just might find the perfect breed for you.