A Guide to the Quiet Dog Breeds
Barking is one of the natural and indispensable characteristics of dogs. If you’re wondering whether there’s any dog breed that doesn’t bark—all dogs bark for various reasons. Although you can control your canine pal’s excessive barking with proper training, quiet dog breeds may be first on your list as they make it easier to live in communal living spaces like apartments or condos, and even in workplaces.
5-Minute Crafts prepared this guideline about our quieter furry friends that are suitable for environments where barking is a no-go.
Why dogs bark and how much barking is too much
Barking is one of the behavioral problems that dogs experience and it’s a dog’s natural and intuitive way to communicate vocally to tell you about what they want. It’s a healthy activity to express emotion, frustration, excitement, mood, etc. Barking might also be a call to play, a way to intimidate, a warning of danger, an indication of some underlying health issues, or be a defensive gesture.
Some poorly socialized, solitary, and insufficiently educated dogs that are getting no attention or inadequate exercise can have issues with barking. It could be a problem if repeated more than 4 times a day, lasting more than 5 minutes, between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., especially for those living in quiet neighborhoods in apartments or condos.
Origins: hunting dogs from Central Africa
Breed specifications: short shiny fur that doesn’t shed and a tightly curled tail. They’re known as barkless dogs because their larynx is not the correct shape, and they make tiny unique sounds in a low volume, that sound more like yodeling. They do cat-like self-cleaning by licking. They can grow up to 24 pounds (10.8 kilograms) and 17 inches (43 centimeters). They need plenty of exercise.
Personality: affectionate, family-friendly, extremely energetic, active, playful, calm
Breed specifications: cute wrinkly dogs with wideset eyes, dark masks, and short fur that doesn’t shed much. They’re small, only growing up to 14-18 pounds (6-8 kilograms) and under 14 inches (35.5 centimeters) in height.
Personality: intelligent, playful, loyal, gets bored quickly, not very mobile, friendly toward other animals, easy-going but can be jealous. They enjoy food.
If they bark, they want something: food, walks, playtime, or attention.
3. Rhodesian Ridgeback
Origins: lion hunters from South Africa
Breed specifications: short-haired, yellowish-brown to reddish-brown, athletic, bred initially to hunt lions and are also called African lion hounds. They can reach up to 85 pounds (38.5 kilograms) and 27 inches (68.5 centimeters).
Personality: intelligent, affectionate, even-tempered
If they bark, they’re frustrated, excited, bored, or need attention.
4. Golden Retriever
Breed specifications: color changing black noses, wavy or straight-coat in different shades of gold, males can grow up to 24 inches (60.9 centimeters) and 75 pounds (34 kilograms), and females can reach up to 22.5 inches (57 centimeters) and 65 pounds (29.4 kilograms).
If they bark, they’re intrigued, curious, or need attention.
5. Saint Bernard
Origins: the Great St. Bernard Pass, Swiss Alps
Breed specifications: search and rescue giants with muscular bodies and floppy ears, resembling Bernese mountain dogs. They can reach up to 180 pounds (81.6 kilograms) and 30 inches (76.2 centimeters).
If they bark, they feel threatened.
6. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Origins: the United Kingdom
Personality: affectionate, graceful, gentle, athletic, happy, loving, can develop separation anxiety when left alone
If they bark, they feel alone, need attention, feel ignored, need protection, or are giving you a warning.
7. Great Dane
Personality: friendly, loving, known as the gentle giant of the canine world
If they bark, they feel alone, bored, on alert, or their protective instincts kick in.
8. Chinese Shar-Pei
Origins: hunting dogs from China
Breed specifications: cute with a wrinkled coat. They can grow up to 60 pounds (27 kilograms) and 20 inches (50.8 centimeters).
Personality: calm, independent, loyal
If they bark, they are bored, on alert, or need attention.
9. Irish Setter
Origins: hunting dogs from Ireland
Breed specifications: noble appearance with their dazzling silky red fur. Due to their high metabolisms, they need to exercise a lot. They can weigh up to 70 pounds (31 kilograms) and 27 inches (68.5 centimeters).
If they bark, they are alarmed, annoyed, or threatened.
10. Bernese mountain dog
Origins: working dogs in the Swiss Alps
Breed specifications: long-haired, giant, outdoor dogs. They can grow up to 115 pounds (52 kilograms) and 28 inches (71 centimeters).
Personality: gentle, affectionate, intelligent, tolerant, attach themselves to one person in particular
If they bark, they feel underexercised.
11. Chow chow
Origins: East Asia
Personality: independent, protective, stubborn
If they bark, they’re on alert, want to play, and want to take a stroll.
Origins: Scotland and Northern England
Breed specifications: requires plenty of exercise. There are different types — the most common ones are the Rough Collie (the classic Lassie), with a long coat, and the Smooth Collie, with a short, dense, and flat coat. They shed a lot, so their long coats require regular brushing. They can reach up to 75 pounds (34 kilograms) and 26 inches (66 centimeters).
Personality: quiet, reserved, good with people, sensitive
If they bark, they feel alone.