Top 10 Quiet Dog Breeds

Kate Barrington
by Kate Barrington
SHHHHHH! Be very, very quiet. You don’t have to worry about these quiet dog breeds making a ruckus. If fact, we’d be surprised if your heard a peep (much less a bark) out of them.

Who doesn’t like peace and quiet? If you live in an apartment building with close neighbors, or you’re sensitive to loud noises, there are quiet dog breeds that will keep barking to a minimum. These dogs only bark in certain circumstances, so for the most part, they’ll keep their woofs to themselves. If you’re looking for a silent companion, take a look at our Top 10 Quiet Dog Breeds list. (Photo credit: Zuzule/Bigstock)

Collie: In addition to being one of the most intelligent dog breeds out there, the Collie is also one of the quietest. This breed does not tend to bark except when he really needs to. Because this breed is so smart, training is easy so, if barking does become an issue, you can just teach your dog a “hush” command. (Photo credit: Koljambus/Bigstock)

Irish Setter: This medium-sized breed does have a good bit of energy but, with proper exercise and mental stimulation, barking is rarely a problem. Irish Setters don’t tend to expend their extra energy by barking – they would much rather play a game or run around the house with your kids. That makes him an excellent family pet and a good listener! (Photo credit: Rebec/Bigstock)

Bullmastiff: Large and loveable, most of the noises that come out of the Bullmastiff are snorts and snuffles. Sure, he may not get along with cats (thanks to his high prey drive), but this large breed is loyal with his family, fairly low-maintenance and saves his barking for special occasions. (Photo credit: Inna Astakhova/Bigstock)

Chinese Shar-Pei: Quiet and confident, the Chinese Shar-Pei doesn’t need to assert his dominance with constant barking. That’s because he looks tough… but it’s just for show. This breed makes a good watchdog because he only barks when he is worried or during play. (Photo credit: Rixie/Bigstock)

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: This small breed is playful and friendly – he tends to form strong bonds with family and does not like to be alone. As long as you give the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel enough attention, he will remain calm and placid at home, not prone to barking. One thing to be wary of with this breed is that he can be a little stubborn at times. (Photo credit: Mashiki/Bigstock)

Saint Bernard: This giant breed is the definition of “gentle giant” – despite his size, he is sweet and friendly. The Saint Bernard can be a little aloof around strangers and he may have a bit of a stubborn streak, but barking generally isn’t a problem. These dogs are particularly well suited to families with children and they make great therapy dogs. (Photo credit: raduga21/Bigstock)

Golden Retriever: You may that that the Golden Retriever’s friendly personality may give way to continuous barking… but that’s generally not the case. This gentle spirit likes to channel his energy through exercise rather than barking. (Photo credit: Life With Zeus/Bigstock)

Bernese Mountain Dog: Sometimes, all you need is size to make your point. And size works in the Bernese Mountain Dog’s favor. This large breed is friendly and tranquil, and loves to take part in social activities. But he knows that its quality, not quantity, that counts when it comes to barking. That’s why he’ll only bark to alert you of important matters. (Photo credit: Zuzule/Bigstock)

Great Pyrenees: Another large breed, the Great Pyrenees is known for its long white coat. This breed was developed for livestock guarding so he is protective and independent by nature, but with proper training he isn’t much of a barker. (Photo credit: fotografie4you/Bigstock)

Whippet: This small, sleek breed is known for its slim profile and athletic build. Whippets can be fairly active when it comes to play time or chasing the family cat, but he is generally calm and gentle by nature, not prone to barking. (Photo credit: dave1980/Bigstock)

Kate Barrington
Kate Barrington

Kate Barrington is the loving owner of two cats (Bagel and Munchkin) and a noisy herd of guinea pigs. Having grown up with golden retrievers, Kate has a great deal of experience with dogs but labels herself a lover of all pets. Having received a Bachelor's degree in English, Kate has combined her love for pets and her passion for writing to create her own freelance writing business, specializing in the pet niche.

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