We love dogs, but there are times when constant barking isn’t desirable. Say you live in an apartment or let’s face it, barking can drive you insane. Let’s explore some quiet, cuddly companions. Ten Dog Breeds That Don’t Bark.
Sometimes called the “poor man’s Greyhound” the Whippet is an elegant couch potato, who happens to be able to run at speeds up to 35 miles per hour. He’s intelligent, and rarely barks, as he rarely feels the need to expend the energy. His lack of barkiness and overall laziness makes the Whippet an excellent breed for apartment dwellers.
Like the Whippet, the Saluki is a sighthound. The Saluki is a social dog that doesn’t look for reasons to bark. Sometimes called the Persian Greyhound, he’s quietly reserved with strangers.
Indoors, the Saluki will make himself at home on your soft sofa or bed. He likes his comforts and needs cushioning for his somewhat bony body. Outdoors, well, he’s not to be trusted off-leash. He has a strong drive to chase other critters and at speeds at up to 43mph, your chances of catching him are slim.
8. Saint Bernard – Dog Breeds That Don’t Bark Much
Say ya wanna big dog that feels very little need to bark. The cuddly Saint Bernard might be the social and affectionate dog for you. He may bark at strangers if not socialized as a puppy, but generally, he grows to love everyone he meets. He doesn’t bark much, but you’ll know when he does.
The Newfoundland is another giant breed that is known for his calm, collected temperament and for not barking without reason. The Newfoundland is a large, strong dog breed from — wait for it — Newfoundland, an island off the east coast of Canada, where he was originally bred to pull fishing nets for fishermen and to pull carts.
Sweet-natured and responsive, he makes a wonderful family companion.
If you’re looking for a friendly dog that can still act as a deterrent due to his massive size, the Newfoundland may be for you.
Yet another sighthound on our list. I think we might have a trend here.
The smallest of the sighthounds, the Italian Greyhound is a nice smaller breed that is not known to be a nuisance barker.
In fact, Italian Greyhounds are somewhat easily stressed and prefer a quiet household themselves. Probably not the right dog for my home for his sake.
Despite his mild nature, he has a surprisingly deep, big-dog bark, making him a good watchdog. Although he lacks the size to back up his barks.
5. Collie – Dogs That Don’t Bark Much
The beautiful Collie is very rarely a nuisance barker. In fact, even Lassie only barked when she really had something important to say. “What’s that girl, Timmy fell down the well? I get back with ya on that.”
The Collie is a sensitive and intelligent dog, known for his undying loyalty and amazing ability to foresee his owner’s needs. He is a great family companion and is still a capable herding dog and quite the actor if ya ask me.
4. Chinese Shar-Pei
The wrinkly Chinese Shar-Pei is generally lazy, although he was originally bred as a guard dog in ancient China. He rarely barks without purpose.
If he feels worried or threatened, he’ll let you know. Otherwise, it’s just not worth the effort.
He’s calm enough that he can live in an apartment. He’s not overly affectionate and sometimes aloof.
3. Borzoi – Dog Breeds that Don’t Bark
Ahh, another sighthound. The large Russian Borzoi is a relatively ancient breed of dogs.
Fortunately for those looking for a quiet dog, the Borzoi is relatively complacent around the home.
He can’t be trusted for the duty of barking at strangers, so you should probably look elsewhere for a guard dog.
He also tends to be nervous around children and will chase anything that moves. So he might not be the right breed for those with small children and small pets.
A giant breed, the Bernese Mountain Dog is a mostly silent dog. He’s quite docile. He loves to meet new people and spend his time as a social butterfly. But, his not so small size is often a deterrent for strangers.
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1. Basenji – Dog Breeds that Don’t Bark
Guess there is no better dog to finish this list than a dog that doesn’t bark at all. The Basenji is actually known for his inability to bark. That’s right. He doesn’t bark at all. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t make any noise – he yodels. Yup. But, he only yodels when there is a good reason.
All that sounds attractive, but research the Basenji before acquiring one or you may be disappointed or frustrated when you aren’t prepared for the Basenji’s unique temperament and personality. He’s intelligent, but stubborn – very stubborn and he is not a dog that can be described as “aims to please”. The Basenji is also a notorious escape artist. He is not a dog for anyone less than a highly experienced dog owner.
All this said, most dog breeds can be trained not to nuisance bark. Most dogs that bark for no reason does it out of boredom.
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