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Quiet Small Breed Dogs:  Your Top Ten List

Quiet Small Breed Dogs By Janice Jones |Updated January 17, 2020

Ask a large dog owner, and they may tell you that quiet small breed dogs are an oxymoron—they simply don’t exist.

Many people love small dogs.


You would not be here right now if you didn’t have some affinity for smallness. And, many small dog owners live in apartments and condominiums where a barking dog could be construed as being a nuisance.

There are many small breed dogs that don’t bark much and to prove it to you; I have researched and located ten breeds of small dogs that are quiet.

By quiet, I mean they are not considered yappy—barking every time a leaf falls from a tree two miles down the street.

Do They Bark?

Of course, all dogs bark with perhaps the exception of the Basenji who makes other types of communicative sounds.

Barking is one way that dogs communicate. Most dogs will alert you to someone at your door or wandering on your property.

The difference between these barks and those that are just plain annoying is in degree and purpose.

The worst offending barkers can’t help themselves. They bark and bark. A purposeful bark alerts the owner to something out of the ordinary.

Many on my list of quiet small breed dogs still make excellent watch dogs. I equate yappy dogs to the boy that cried wolf. It is too easy to tune them out.

Isn’t Barking Just a Training Issue?

Some trainers say that barking is all a matter of training. People who have dogs that bark are somehow responsible for training them and encouraging them to bark.

There is some truth to that, but it does not tell the whole story. Some breeds are just more excitable and impulsive than other breeds are.

Barking is part of their nature. Not all quiet small breed dogs calm and lazy. In fact there is a wide range of temperament types in these dogs.

Top Ten Quiet Small Breed Dogs

First, let’s look at the top ten quiet small breed dogs. There will always be people who know at least one example on our quiet dog list that were noisier than #%^&*!

There will always be exceptions to the rule. but, here is my recommendation for the quietest small breed dogs.

The Basenji is a primitive type dog originating in Africa. Mischievous and energetic, these dogs are known as the barkless dogs of Africa.

Rather than bark, these guys like to scream, growl, even yodel in a canine sort of way.

They need plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, but require little in the way of grooming.

Not the smallest of the small breed dogs, but probably the one least likely to bark. If you are a first time dog owner, this may not be the breed for you. An experienced dog owner who wants one of these quiet small breed dogs will find this dog to be very special.

Sweet and docile, these dogs get along well with everyone. They are one of the larger of the toy breeds, weighing in at between 13 and 18 pounds. But they are still considered a quiet small breed dog.

Fiercely loyal, they will follow you everywhere.

Some think of them as lazy, lounging around in your most-comfortable chair, but they are also playful and enjoy walks and activities as long as it involves their owners.

If you are looking for small, fluffy, and quiet, then the Bolognese might be a perfect match for you.

They are related to the other little white dogs of the Mediterranean (Coton, Maltese, Bichon) but certainly more quiet than their cousins.

Easy to love and spoil, if you do not watch out with these dogs, you might have a problem with Small Dog Syndrome on your hands. Training and socialization will be needed early on, but you will not have to be worried by an overly yappy canine.

Italian Greyhound

The Italian Greyhound (IG for short) may need a few reminders from time to time that he is a small dog and not the same as his bigger cousin the Greyhound.

Energetic and playful, he will keep you going and happily amused for years to come. His grooming needs are minimal, but extra effort might be needed when training. You will need to convince him that what you want him to do is what he wanted to do all along.

Japanese Chin

Smart, mischievous, and playful are just a few words that describe these entertaining dogs. They don’t need to be extremely vocal to get your attention, so they make a great choice for someone who prefers quiet dogs.

They are tiny, weighing in at less than 9 pounds, but are very athletic, and almost cat-like in their antics. Even though they do not bark much, they have been known to “Sing” and even carry on conversations with their owners. Overall, though, they are definitely one of our quiet small breed dog choices.

Sweet, charming, and clever, the French bulldog is increasingly becoming more popular each year. They are an excellent choice for apartment living, as they don’t bark much.

They do just as well in the country or suburbs. They are comical and will keep you entertained, never bored, but don’t do well when left alone for long periods of time.

If you are looking for a quiet breed, with low grooming needs that will keep your couch warm, then this could be the perfect choice for you.

Related: Why is the French Bulldog so Popular?

The Shiba Inu looks almost like a fox in appearance and does equally well as a jogging partner as an indoor companion. He is clean, easy to groom, and loves his people.

While he is quiet, he has a very strong prey drive which means he should never be off leash.

They are intelligent and independent, making them very attractive to people who want a small dog, who is quiet, but not necessarily one that is “in their face.”

Here is a very distinct look that you can’t confuse with any other dog. The Chinese Crested comes in two varieties, the Powder Puff and the Hairless.

They are not known to be barkers, but early training and socialization will prevent any inappropriate behaviors from becoming established.

They are happy, playful, snuggly dogs that prefer to be close to their owners. As highly sensitive dogs, they don’t like being left alone for long.

Related: Chinese Crested Powder Puff

Similar to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, but a separate toy breed, the English Toy Spaniel is calm and quiet. They are a loyal companion, but not as well-known as their cousin, the Cavalier.

They are affectionate and adaptable to all lifestyles, but do best when they are near their owners.

They are an excellent choice for those living in an apartment or condo.

Norwegian Lunderhund

Norwegian Lunderhund

The Puffin Dog as this breed is sometimes called is relatively rare in the US. Bred initially to climb cliffs and catch puffin birds on the Norwegian islands, his anatomy is somewhat different from other dogs.

He has six digits on his paws and neck that is so flexible that he can almost bend it backwards. He is loyal and energetic, curious and stubborn. These dogs are probably not a good choice for a first-time dog owner.

Small Dogs, Big Barkers

Your favorite breed not on our list of quiet small breed dogs?

Some big barkers can be trained and conditioned to bark less. In all fairness, I thought I should let you know which breeds I think are noisy, perhaps yappy? With that said, here is my list of noisy but extremely lovable small breed dogs.




Shetland Sheepdogs

West Highland White Terriers


Toy Fox Terriers


Miniature Schnauzers


Cairn Terriers

Stories about Quiet Small Breed Dogs From Our Readers

Willow is a miniature Yorkipoo

From Karen Sayers, (Newport UK)

She is adorable, very loyal and loving. She can run and run and really likes a good exercise. She loves cuddles and being close to you, is protective and territorial and very intelligent. Unfortunately this breed tends to be a barker for the slightest sound, if anyone passes the house or there’s a sound in the distance. She is still the most wonderful dog.

Sarge, a 13 year old Lhasa Apso

From Susan Buslett from North Carolina

Sarge is a 13 year old Lhasa. Over the years I have owned several. They are not yappie dogs. He lets me know if someone is outside, but otherwise doesn’t bark for the sake of barking. They do require a firm hand but are definitely worth it. They are extremely loyal.

Midge is now 8 years old and we have had her since 8 weeks old. She is not a barker, or tapper like our neighbor Terriers but does like to carry on when the neighbor’s dog comes to the fence and barks at her. The other time she barks is when someone comes to the door.

She is definitely part of the family and reminds us of that when its bedtime as she goes back to the bedroom and gives us one bark to remind us of that. By nature, she would like to take charge of the household if we would allow, but that’s only because she likes to be with us. Loveable and currently the only pet we have in the home having lost our Lab a couple of years ago.

Gene from McAlester, OK

Perfect lady who never barks and loves everyone. At 76 I have had many dogs and she is the best.

Dennis from Dayton, Texas, USA

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    SHHHHHH! Be vary, vary quwiet! We’re hunting for small quiet dog breeds (insert Elmer Fudd laugh here).

    We all know what it’s like to encounter a little dog with a big bark. It’s not good. In fact, it’s horrible. You might even say it’s one of of the worst atrocities that can ever be inflicted on the human ear. In fact, yappy dogs are so annoying that they’ve ruined the reputations of little dogs everywhere. Some people have even convinced themselves that all little dogs are yappy dogs. Thankfully, true dog lovers know that isn’t not the case. There are many types of small dogs out there and not just ones who are determined to rupture your eardrums.

    While some dogs certainly do love to hear the sound of their own bark, others are more of the strong and silent type. Despite the interminably yappy reputation of small dogs, there are many quiet breeds of small dogs. There are little sweetheart pups out there who can get your attention and affection without alerting the neighbours. They are worth seeking out. That’s why we’ve delivered this handy=dandy guide to our Top Ten Small Quiet Dogs. These are the quiet little bundles of furry joy that you’ve been seeking all of your life. Perfect for people who have to worry about noise complaints, these pooches will keep their barks to themselves…unless they have something important to tell you! So what are you waiting for?! Keep your eyes glued to this page to find the tiny and quiet little pupper of your dreams.

    10. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

    Not only is the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel one of the most people-loving breeds out there, but he is also quiet. These little dogs have plenty of love to give and they get along well with everyone. They are one of the most social dog breeds you will come across. These smart canines also respond best to training that uses positive reinforcement to encourage good behavior. Plus they only have moderate exercise needs, they don’t require a lot when it comes to grooming, and they are great with other dogs and strangers. Affectionate, adaptable, and apartment friendly: what more could one ask for? These little sweethearts are the perfect solution for anyone seeking a tiny dog without all of those unpleasant yaps. (Photo credit: funkmania/Bigstock)

    9. Basenji

    Though the Basenji may not be one of the most common dog breeds, they like to stay tight-lipped. This breed hails from Africa, and although he’s been known to make yodeling or screaming sounds on occasion, you won’t hear much from him. He likes to keep his voice to himself and expressive his affection and desires in other ways. Described as energetic, these dogs need to get in a lot of activity every day. They will show loads of affection to their family and be protective of those they love. However, Basenjis will be a little shy around strangers until they get to know them, so properly socializing them while they are young can be helpful. It is also worth noting that these clever dogs can be difficult to train, especially if you are new to training dogs. Thankfully, even though training and socialization may prove to be a bit challenging with the Basenji, when it comes to grooming, this is an easy breed. Small victories, right? (Photo credit: Grisha Bruev/Bigstock)

    8. Italian Greyhound

    Similar in activity level and appearance to the larger Greyhound, the Italian Greyhound is a small and mercifully quiet dog breed. These pups have minimal grooming needs and they can be a bit stubborn at times (you might even say that he’s the silent and stubborn type!), so routine training is required. Also, although these dogs are known for being high-energy canines, they also can make great lap dogs (tucker them out and they will crawl into your lap to recover!). Overall, the breed can be described as social and friendly (although they can be aloof when they are around people they don’t know well). Plus, they are gentle and sweet. They even get along well with other small dogs as well as cats (if you can believe it!), so they can make great family pets. However, they can act out if they do not get the attention that they crave, so be sure to have plenty of time to spend with your pet. The key to an Italian Greyhound is to smother them with attention, exercise, and affection. Do it right and they’ll bond with you for life, while also keeping quiet. (Photo credit: bonzodog/Bigstock)

    7. Bolognese

    Not only is the Bolognese a small-breed dog with a soft, fluffy white coat, but he’s even soft spoken! The Bolognese is a people-oriented pooch who will want to stick close to you. In fact, he’ll never want to be separated from you. So, it’s a good thing that he’s compact. You’ll be able to take him everywhere you go. Although, before introducing one to your family, it’s important to be aware that these dogs can be territorial. So early socialization is important. This breed is considered high maintenance when it comes to grooming needs (Look at that big furball! That mane of fluff won’t tame itself.). However, these affectionate and adaptable dogs are great with other pooches, and they are also social with people, including strangers. They can even make good watchdogs and they do not require high amounts of exercise either. These are eternally lovable pups and they know how to keep quiet too. (Photo credit: stieberszabolcs/Bigstock)

    6. Japanese Chin

    The Japanese Chin is similar in appearance to the equally quiet Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, even though it has a smaller frame and a shorter snout. This breed is playful and mischievous but it generally doesn’t bark to get your attention (his mischievous tendencies will reveal themselves in other ways). This breed is also surprisingly athletic and has some cat-like personality traits. Although these little dogs don’t need a lot of activity, they do love going on walks and playing in the backyard. Spending plenty of time with them can help keep them quiet, as they might become increasingly more talkative if they feel lonely. Lots of attention is key to ensuring the Japanese Chin doesn’t develop any yappy habbits. Nevertheless, this breed is a good choice if you live in an apartment, and these dogs are also extremely loving as a welcome bonus. (Photo credit: percent/Bigstock)

    5. French Bulldog

    The French Bulldog is a stocky small-breed dog known for its friendly and charming personality. These dogs are rapidly increasing in popularity, especially among apartment-dwellers because they require little exercise and they are fairly mute (an ideal apartment dog combo that doesn’t come along every day!). This breed does require plenty of human interaction, though. He doesn’t do well when left alone for long periods of time. So if you want to ensure that your French Bulldog stays quiet in your apartment, it’s important to never leave them alone for too long. Lots of love, attention, and affection is important to keep this pup as quiet as a lamb. (Photo credit: kadmy/Bigstock)

    4. English Toy Spaniel

    The English Toy Spaniel is another breed similar to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in a number of ways, including its quiet tendencies. This breed has long, soft fur and an affectionate personality. They love to spend time with people and make a good apartment dog. There’s a reason this pup ranks so highly. The English Toy Spaniels stay quiet under almost any circumstance and are almost offensively cute. (Photo credit: Lori Branham/Flickr)

    3. Havanese

    He’s so quiet, you won’t even know he’s around (well, until he demands attention by climbing into your lap, of course!). The Havanese is popular choice for apartment and condo dwellers for many reasons. He’s popular for his size, his lower energy needs, and because he won’t bother the neighbors with constant barking. He’ll let you know when someone comes to the door, as he’s a vigilant watchdog, but other than that, expect your Havanese to keep his barks to himself. A perfect little pup to bring into any small home with nosey neighbours. (Photo credit: mdorottya/Bigstock)

    2. Chinese Crested

    Not only is the Chinese Crested one of the quietest dog breeds out there, but he is also one of the most unique-looking dogs you’ll find. These dogs have mostly hairless bodies with long feathered fur on their ears, face, and feet. They look like they are ready to start a New Wave band at any moment! Meanwhile, the powder puff versions are covered with a downy-like coat. Either way, this pooch likes to keep his barks on the down-low. These little dogs are cute, loving, and alert. They often make wonderful lap pets. They adapt well when living in an apartment, and they’re affectionate even with other canines and strangers. Great family dogs, they will get along with kids. PLus they aren’t high-energy, so they don’t need a lot of exercise either. Playtime and walks are a great way to keep this pooch active and happy. However, these dogs are also sensitive, so care should be taken to maintain a calm, quiet, and low-stress environment. Provided you can provide that type of living space, your Chinese Crested will never even make a peep. (Photo credit: irontrybex/Bigstock)

    1. Norwegian Lundehund

    Still fairly rare in the U.S., the Norwegian Lundehund is a particularly quiet dog breed. Other than his tendency stay calm, cool, and collected, the Lundehund has six toes on his each foot and he can tip the top of his head to his backbone. These dogs can be described as curious, alert, watchful, and full of cheer. They are also playful and intelligent, curious little pups always up for adventure. They can be independent and stubborn, which means they might be a bit of a challenge when it comes to training them. However, once you make it through those tricky training years, Norwegian Lundehunds get along great with other animals and children, so they can make good family dogs. However, be prepared to make time to let this dog get plenty of activity in the great outdoors. Playtime and exercise are necessary for this active, energetic, and agile breed. But as long as you keep them happy and well exercised, they’ll never let out a single yip or yap. These quiet and friendly pups just might be the small and silent doggo that you’ve been seeking all of your life. So make sure to look into them immediately! (Photo credit: Imfoto/Bigstock)

    Dogs That Don’t Bark: 5 Quiet Dog Breeds

    Dogs bark for a reason, although we don’t always appreciate their motives. A dog may bark to say he’s alarmed, frustrated, scared, happy, protective or excited. Some breeds, such as those in the Herding and Terrier groups, are notably vocal. Others, like the Basenji, are especially noiseless. And while there are no dogs that don’t bark, let’s hear from five generally less barky breeds, or quiet dog breeds. No guarantee given: All dogs are individuals and some love to prove generalities wrong!

    1. Whippet

    Whippets are known to be quiet dogs! Photography courtesy Mary Huff, tailsindesign.com.

    Extraordinarily speedy and yet cuddly as kittens, we Whippets are gracious, gentle and appreciative of a quiet environment. We’re small sighthounds with ancient origins. Over time, we became companions (and an economical race horse of sorts!) to the British working class. We could race up to 35 mph, and help keep food on the table. Today, we’re calm on the inside, exuberant on the outside. Natural athletes, we enjoy lure coursing, agility and running for the pure joy of running. Although we’re capable of barking, we rarely bother. Indoors or out, if you’re looking for an alarm dog, keep looking! We Whippets aim to keep the peace. Well, maybe not with rabbits, but that’s a different story….

    2. Gordon Setter

    Irish Setters aren’t the only Setter dogs who have a reputation for being quiet. Photography courtesy courtesy Barb Meining DVM and Mary Ann Leonard.

    I lobbied hard for this spot. The Irish Setter almost always wins the “quiet Setter” spot, but maybe that’s because they’re so well-known? I’m not typically on the dogs that don’t bark list since I do have a watchdog gene. I’m energetic and aware, but usually not inclined to uncalled-for barking. I was developed to find quarry, pursuing pheasant and quail. No good comes from barking all day when hunting, of course. The Gordon in my name nods to the 4th Duke of Gordon, the Cock o’ the North. Although my ancestors existed before the Duke, we bear his name since he helped establish my breed in Scotland. Today, if I’m well exercised and included in your daily life, I’ll likely only bark when necessary. But yes, I prefer my own interpretation of “necessary.”

    3. English Toy Spaniel

    English Toy Spaniels, and their cousins, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, are pretty quiet dogs. Photography courtesy Sharon Wagner.

    My nickname — the comforting spaniel — sheds light on my personality. Although I appreciate plenty of activity, I’m mainly a companion breed, known for my gentleness and kindness. I’m also upbeat, affectionate and eager to please. Developed centuries ago from Toy and Spaniel breeds, I share a history with my cousin, the equally gentle and usually quiet Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Characteristically, I’m not a barky breed — how could I cuddle and comfort you if I were yipping and yapping?

    4. Chow Chow

    Chow Chows are among dogs that don’t bark too much. Photography by .

    An ancient breed with a lion-like appearance, we were developed in China as all-around working dogs. We hunted, guarded, herded and pulled carts to help our families. Queen Victoria’s interest in my forefathers contributed to our admiration in England. Today, we’re dignified, noble and mostly noiseless. We’re confident, capable and loyal to our owners, but rather skeptical about the outside world. I view newcomers approaching my home with skepticism, but I don’t typically bark at any little leaf blowing by the house.

    5. Newfoundland

    Newfoundlands don’t usually bark — but when they do, it will be loud! Photography courtesy Newfoundland Club of Seattle.

    Ever try swimming and talking at the same time? Now you know why I’m not typically vocal while I swim! Developed to work with fisherman in ice-cold waters, I’m celebrated for my courage, amiable nature and swimming strength in the water. My feet are even webbed and my coat is water resistant. We’re normally better lifeguards than house guards; we may rush to a water rescue, but we’re more likely to welcome strangers into the house than chase them off. Now for a caveat: If we do bark, it’s going to be loud. We boys weigh about 140 pounds; the ladies about 115 pounds. We don’t bark often, but when we do, you’ll surely hear us!

    Tell us: What do you think? Do you know any dogs that don’t bark? What quiet dogs do you know? What breed(s) are they?

    Thumbnail: Photography courtesy Sharon Wagner.

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    Gabe the Dog Remixes are a series of YouTube Poop Music Videos (YTPMV) which typically feature various music tracks dubbed over footage of a miniature American Eskimo and Pomeranian dog named Gabe.


    Gabe the Dog was owned by the Canadian YouTube user deathtrips, formerly known as gravycp. On January 8th, 2013, a video Gabe barking titled “The New Dog Source” was uploaded onto the gravycp account, where it gained over 60,000 views in the next three years. On November 1st, 2014, deathtrips posted the video “Newest Dog Source” of Gabe (shown below, right).


    One of the most popular remixes was created by the YouTube user shaliek, which featured the Herp Alpert song “The Midnight Tango”; this remix has been viewed nearly 400,000 times since its January 27, 2013 upload. On February 6, YouTube user Lewdachris uploaded a remix featuring the song “Time to Air” by 青龍, which was viewed over 130,000 times. On June 14, YouTube user skylark uploaded a remix featuring “I Am A God” by Kanye West, which has been viewed over 160,000 times. On July 4, 2014, YouTube user widddddd uploaded an edit which swapped Gabe’s bark with the word “fuck” taken from a video of a teenage boy, which received over 150,000 views.

    deathtrips himself created several popular remixes, including a remix of “We No Speak Americano” by Yolanda Be Cool, which was viewed over 200,000 times, and a remix of “The Next Episode” by Dr. Dre which was viewed over 175,000 times.


    On January 20th, 2017, the Gabe the Dog Facebook page posted an announcement that Gabe had passed away the previous morning due to heart complications. The post received thousands of reactions and comments within an hour of being published, with many expressing their condolences and honoring Gabe’s memory.

    “It is with condolences that I must tell you Gabe passed away yesterday morning. He had been struggling with his heart for quite some time, and it very suddenly became worse. He went peacefully, being loved with his family with a smile on his face.”

    That day, threads dedicated to Gabe were created on 4chan. and Reddit.

    Various Examples

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    Editor’s note: The interest spike in August of 2012 is due to the release of the movie Gabe the Cupid Dog. Anything after that may be interpreted as relating to the meme.

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    External References

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    As you search for dog-friendly apartments you will find that many leases have restrictions against barking dogs. Barking is a dog’s natural way to communicate many things including: greetings, warnings, happiness, annoyance and fear. There are some breeds that have a tendency to vocalize more than others but even the best apartment dogs will bark occasionally. You can curtail your apartment dog’s barking to some extent with loads of patience and lots of training!

    1. Basenji

    The Basenji is probably one of the oldest breeds of domesticated dog, and perhaps that’s why he’s not a barker. Read more about Basenjis.

    2. Bulldog

    This is a good apartment dog who does not bark a lot. Read more about Bulldogs.

    3. Bullmastiff

    Bullmastiffs were bred to be silent watchdogs, so it’s unusual for them to bark. Read more about Bullmastiffs.

    4. Chinese Shar-Pei

    This is another good apartment dog that does not bark a lot. Read more about Shar-Peis.

    5. Chinook

    The Chinook’s temperament is described as calm, eager to please, and friendly. Read more about Chinooks.

    6. Coton de Tulear

    Cotons may bark once or twice if the doorbell rings or they see something interesting, but they don’t generally bark just for the fun of it. Read more about Cotons.

    7. French Bulldog

    This is a smart, loving dog who wants and needs to spend lots of time with his people. Read more about Frenchies.

    8. Greyhound

    Greyhounds generally have a wonderful temperament, being friendly and non-aggressive, although some can be aloof toward strangers.
    Read more about Greyhounds.

    9. Maltese Shih Tzu

    The Maltese Shih Tzu is an adaptable, intelligent dog. Read more about Maltese Shih Tzus.

    10. Newfoundland

    The Newfoundland is known for his sweet disposition. He’s like a big, loveable Teddy Bear. Read more about Newfoundlands.

    This is just a small list of dogs that don’t bark a lot and could make good apartment dogs. If you are considering getting a dog please check your area for shelters and breed specific rescues.

    These Are the Dog Breeds That Never Bark

    Like humans, dogs all have their own distinct personalities, and some are simply more relaxed than others. But a dog’s breed can also tell you a lot about what problems you might face before you take on the joyous task of bringing them to their new forever home. Corgis, for example, were bred to her sheep and cattle, and they’re excellent guard dogs, so barking is in their blood (as is, apparently, chasing down people who are jogging and barking around them in circles). Frenchies, however, were bred as companion dogs, and are therefore much more content to simply sit on your lap and provide you with quiet affection.

    While barking can certainly be managed through proper training, if you live in an apartment and are worried about getting complaints from the neighbors, it might be worth considering a dog breed that doesn’t feel a primal urge to make his or her presence known. So read on to learn about dog breeds that are known for keeping the barking to a minimum.

    1 Basenji

    The breed, which originated as a hunting dog in Central Africa, is also known as “the barkless” dog, as they emit a yodel-like sound (commonly called a “baroo”) instead of a traditional bark.

    2 Newfoundland

    Originally bred as working dogs for fisherman in Newfoundland, Newfies are not only quiet but also excellent at rescuing people from the water due to their swimming abilities, muscular build, and thick webbed feet.

    3 Greyhound

    Greyhounds are believed to go as far back as ancient Egypt, and their quiet, aloof demeanor made them a favorite among the aristocracy throughout history. While their unique build make them great at racing, they also don’t actually need more than a moderate amount of exercise, as they were bred for sprinting rather than endurance.

    4 Coton de Tulear

    Named for the city of Tuléar, Madagascar, as well as the cotton-like coats that make them resemble stuffed animals, these playful lap dogs are known for being very quiet.

    5 Chinook

    This rare breed of sled dog was developed in New Hampshire in the early 20th century, and continues to be the state’s official dog.

    6 Shar Pei

    The Shar Pei originated as a guard dog in China, and is therefore very devoted to its human but apprehensive of strangers. Due to its noble lineage, the Shar Pei will typically only bark to alert the presence of real, immediate danger.

    7 Bullmastiff

    Bullmastiffs were bred in the mid-1800s with the express purpose of guarding estates in Britain, and they have not forgotten that a good watchdog is a silent one.

    8 Bulldog

    Bulldogs are essentially a national symbol of Britain, and were frequently compared to Winston Churchill back in World War II thanks to their pluck and determination.

    9 Borzoi

    You only need to take one look at this dog—which originated in Russia and resembles a greyhound—to know they are way too aristocratic to bark unless it’s absolutely necessary.

    10 Bernese Mountain Dog

    Having been bred as working dogs on farms in the Swiss Alps, these gentle giants prefer curling up at your feet by the fire to causing a ruckus at the dog run. That being said, they’re not very well-suited to apartments, as they’re outdoor dogs at heart.

    11 Saint Bernard

    While they resemble Bernese Mountain Dogs in appearance and temperament, Saint Bernards were bred to rescue people in the Great St. Bernard Pass located in the Swiss Alps, and lived in a hospice for travelers named after Italian monk Bernard of Menthon. There’s at least one recorded instance of one of these dogs carrying a small barrel of brandy around their necks to give to avalanche victims to help them stay warm as they waited to be rescued, and this adorable image has often appeared in portrayals of them on television and in movies.

    12 French Bulldog

    Frenchies came around in 1800s France as a mix between an English bulldog and small dogs that were used for hunting vermin in Paris. They quickly became very popular in high society as loyal companions who didn’t make much of a fuss.

    13 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

    In the early 18th century, John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, kept these dogs on his estate for hunting purposes, and they have not shed (no pun intended) their regal demeanor.

    14 Scottish Deerhound

    As the name suggests, these dogs were bred in Scotland in order to hunt deer, and, like most sighthounds, are fairly quiet by nature.

    15 Shiba Inu

    Shiba Inus were originally bred for hunting in Japan, and they have a dignified, aloof demeanor. While they are not known for barking, they can emit a high-pitched noise known as the “Shiba scream” when they are handled in a way they deem unacceptable.

    16 Irish Setter

    Irish Setters were bred to help hunt game-birds in Ireland, and are therefore more likely to stop and point at their prey than bark them away.

    17 Glen of Imaal Terrier

    They were originally used as family dogs on the farms of Glen of Imaal in County Wicklow, Ireland, and are more than happy to simply relax by your side as your nurse a glass of whiskey after a long day.

    18 Rhodesian Ridgeback

    Originally from the South Africa region, these dogs are also known as the African Lion Hound for their unique ability to keep a lion at bay while awaiting the arrival of their master.

    19 Great Dane

    These enormous dogs were often used to hunt bear, boar, and deer at princely courts, before retiring to the bedchambers of their lord and master.

    20 Golden Retriever

    There’s a reason these dogs are so often used as therapy animals. Having originally been bred to retrieve shot waterfowl, they have a natural need to please and are very easy to train. And to learn more about man’s best friend, check out the 20 Amazing Facts You Never Knew About Your Dog.

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    30 Small Hypoallergenic Dogs That Don’t Shed

    If you’re living in an apartment that you would like to keep clean and hairless, and you might even be allergic to dogs, so there’s no point in even thinking about getting a dog, right?

    Wrong! Just because you’re not a fan of cleaning up hair after a dog or have a dog allergy doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy being a dog owner! There is actually a huge number of small dogs that don’t shed.

    Read more and discover 30 small hypoallergenic breeds that don’t shed and could be the perfect companion for you.

    Being a dog owner is wonderful. However, not all aspects of it are equally nice, such as cleaning up your dog’s hair in your apartment. But who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? Have you heard about non shedding small dogs?

    While it may be true in some other other categories, it doesn’t have to be the case when it comes to this! Check out these breeds and see for yourself.

    Hypoallergenic Small Dogs That Don’t Shed:

    Click on the desired breed, or scroll to read the whole list.

    • Affenpinscher
    • Shih Tzu
    • Bichon Frise
    • West Highland White Terrier
    • Chinese Crested
    • Maltese Terrier
    • Brussels Griffon
    • Havanese Dog
    • Scottish Terrier
    • Border Terrier
    • Cairn Terrier
    • Australian Silky Terrier
    • Bedlington Terrier
    • Bolognese
    • Coton de Tulear
    • Yorkshire Terrier
    • Toy Poodle
    • Miniature Schnauzer
    • Lhasa Apso
    • Biewer Terrier
    • Dandie Dinmont Terrier
    • Basenji
    • Xoloitzcuintli
    • Peruvian Inca Orchid
    • Italian Greyhound
    • Norwich Terrier
    • Australian Terrier
    • Norfolk Terrier
    • Sealyham Terrier
    • Lagotto Romagnolo

    1. Affenpinscher

    The name of this breed literally means “monkey-like terrier” in German and is one of the oldest toy breeds. This cute, black dog is bold and curious and isn’t aware of its small size at all.

    This is a very loving dog that cares for its family very much and is very protective of its family members. Being as fearless as he is, he won’t back down due to confrontation or if someone is being hostile to him. This can even end in an injury, either to him or the other dog. Thanks to these characteristics, the Affenpinscher is often called a “Rottweiler wannabe”.

    Apart from being alert, curious and stubborn, the Affenpinscher is also known for shedding very little. Its wiry coat sheds next to nothing and on top of that has no odor. Brushing is usually enough every few weeks, with a slicker brush and comb. When it comes to its coat it’s also easy to maintain – it should be clipped every couple of months.

    2. Shih Tzu

    This is definitely a dog with an interesting history. Images and paintings of the “Lion Dog”, as the name says in Chinese, can even be traced back to the 7th century! It descended from the oldest and smallest Tibetan holy dogs and was the favorite court dog during the Ming Dynasty.

    The Shih Tzu is a real family dog-loving, friendly, playful and loyal. He really loves people and enjoys spending time with its family. Giving and receiving love is part of being a Shih Tzu owner. He requires a lot of attention and love and is one of those dogs that hate being left alone.

    Besides the love and attention, this is an easy dog to maintain. It needs minimal exercise and it sheds very little, in spite of its long coat. It only needs to be brushed from time to time and clipped every couple of months.

    3. Bichon Frise

    This fluffy, white dog is the perfect family dog, but also the perfect pet if you live in an apartment! This is also the ideal breed for people with allergies.

    This breed is very playful and affectionate and loves spending time with its family. It wants to be around people as much as possible, so being home alone isn’t something Bichons enjoy for longer periods of time. It’s not too “outdoorsy” so playing inside is perfectly fine with Bichons – as long as you’re there and he can feel your love!

    Apart from being friendly and great with children, its non-existing shedding is one of the main reasons people who like it neat and tidy choose this breed for their apartment. The coat only needs to be brushed occasionally and clipped short every couple months for easy maintenance. Furthermore, Bichon Frise is common representative of small dog breeds that don’t shed.

    4. West Highland White Terrier

    This breed is more known under the name “Westie” and is also one of the most popular indoor dogs. Just like the Shih Tzu and the Bichon, it makes a great family dog that loves kids, but it’s much more active than these two breeds.

    The Westie is very playful, feisty and strong-willed. It seems that it’s very busy and always has something to do. However, this can also be undesirable as it will do anything it can to entertain itself if it’s alone for too long, including chewing and barking noisily.

    He loves to be in the center of attention, more precisely the center of your life. But – he won’t be satisfied with just lying next to you. This is a very active breed that needs its walks regularly and would much rather play outside than resting inside.

    While being high-maintenance when it comes to exercise, Westies are very low-maintenance when it comes to grooming. They shed almost nothing and their coat only has to be brushed from time to time and clipped every few months.

    5. Chinese Crested

    It’s believed that the Chinese Crested descended from the “African Hairless Terrier” when Chinese explorers discovered this breed and bred it to be smaller. As the name and the photo say this is almost a hairless breed and as expected the shedding is virtually non-existing.

    This interesting breed is very polite and gentle and it loves cuddling and snuggling. It needs to be around its family but can be suspicious toward strangers even if it’s well-mannered and sensible in general.

    The Chinese Crested loves children, as long as they remember it doesn’t have hair and that they have to be gentle with it. Because of its lack of hair, it will need a sweater during winter and a t-shirt during summer to avoid sunburn.

    Needless to say, it doesn’t shed at all and the hair only has to be brushed and trimmed occasionally.

    6. Maltese Terrier

    The Maltese is one of the most popular miniature hypoallergenic dogs. The Maltese dog is probably most known for its little shedding traits. This ancient dog of Malta has been around humans for three millennia and hasn’t changed much ever since.

    They are great lap dogs for people with allergic and their long, white coats shed very little. However, in order to maintain his fur soft and silky, their owners have to brush them regularly.

    Maltese Terriers are great dogs for families with children as these toy breeds enjoy every contact with humans. They are very playful and love to be around people.

    7. Brussels Griffon

    Brussels Griffon is also known as Griffon Bruxellois. It is a toy breed that is named after its city of origin, Brussels. A Brussels Griffon comes in four colors, varying from red, nuances of brown, tan and black. They can have smooth or rough coats, but however, they come they are still hypoallergenic dogs that are allergy friendly.

    They are also nicknamed “bearded dogs” for their funny whiskers and muzzle. They have this cute and funny appearance that will provide you with years of love and laughter.

    The Brussels Griffons are very sociable and are very easily trained. Little Griffs love playing with their dog owners and are very energetic. However, they might not be the perfect choice for households with little children. They are very sensitive and do not handle well rough play.

    8. Havanese Dog

    Havanese dog is also known as Havanese bichon, and as you can guess it’s a national dog of Cuba. This dog was bred as a companion dog for Cuban aristocracy in the 1800s and he has also been nicknamed ‘Velcro dog’ for his strong attachment to his owner’s side.

    This small breed will provide you with a lot of moments of joy thanks to their playful and sociable nature. Havanese dogs can come in different colors. They can be completely white, white and black, or even brown or grey. Their coat is hypoallergenic, smooth and can be very long. They shed very little, but require regular grooming as well as frequent bathing.

    However, this dog does not tolerate being alone and can often suffer from separation anxiety. So if you’re a busy person that would have to be away from home for more than 6 hours, better find a dog that is able to enjoy some time alone.

    9. Scottish Terrier

    Scottish Terrier dogs are excellent watchdogs. They usually have an independent character and can sometimes be stubborn. They are very intelligent and their serious attitude will be a great source of laughter for years.

    He is a perfect walking companion, but he doesn’t really enjoy running. So, don’t expect him to go jogging with you. It’s their short legs to blame! They also have a passion for digging, so don’t get surprised if he suddenly finds it interesting to dig holes in the park or your yard.

    Scottish Terriers can be black, grey, brindle, or wheaten in color, and their coat is composed of two layers. The topcoat is rather hard and wiry, while the undercoat is soft and dense. They don’t shed much but require a significant amount of grooming.

    10. Border Terrier

    Border Terriers were primarily bred to assist in foxhunts, so they still have the drive to hunt. Because they needed to keep up with hunters on horseback, they are very energetic.

    So do not fall for their small size, these dogs really love to spend their time outside and to get a lot of exercise. However, they have a really good nature and are very loyal, loving and fearless. But, these dogs are not for everyone, as they can be pretty aggravating.

    Border Terriers’ coat is rather rough and needs regular brushing. They don’t shed much, but these terriers definitely need periodic stripping too. You’ll have to remove the dead hair by hand or with a stripping tool.

    11. Cairn Terrier

    If this dog seems anyhow familiar to you, it might be because you have seen the movie The Wizard of Oz. Toto dog that appears in the legendary movie is a Cairn Terrier!

    These small and sturdy dogs are very intelligent and independent. Cairn Terriers are always alert and ready for action! Their curious nature makes them constant explorers that learn quickly.

    Like all terriers, they can be stubborn so early training and socialization are crucial. Cairns also have a double coat, a wiry, shaggy top coat, and a soft undercoat. Grooming the coat of a Cairn is very easy as they do not shed a lot. A weekly brushing might be more than enough.

    12. Australian Silky Terrier

    The Australian Silky Terrier is also known as Silky Terrier, and as you can probably guess from his name, he was bred in Australia. However, his ancestry comes from Great Britain.

    This short-legged terrier is a small breed that loves being outdoors. A Silky Terrier is active and alert. These dogs are slightly longer than tall and are not really good runners due to their physical stature.

    His coat is long, and silky, and can come in different colors such as white, blue, grey or tan. Their hair is flat, fine and glossy and behaves much like human hair. They are highly spirited pets that like moderate daily exercise. However, due to the conditions of their homeland, these puppies do not handle cold weather well.

    13. Bedlington Terrier

    The Bedlington Terrier is a small to medium-sized breed named after a town in North East England. They were originally called Rothbury or Rodbury Terrier. These pups were bred to hunt vermin but were also used in dog racing and numerous dog sports.

    The Bedlington Terrier has a really specific appearance which makes him one of the best fashionistas in the dog breed world. Their human loving personality makes them great companion dogs for big families with children.

    They are very popular with people with allergic due to their hypoallergenic fur. Their coat is curly and often has a crisp texture with topknots. They shed very little and are therefore allergy friendly dogs.

    14. Bolognese

    This small dog breed comes from the city of Bologna in Italy. It is a small and serene dog. They are not very active dogs and they prefer to stay by his owner’s side. Being so attached to his people, the Bolognese can easily be affected with separation anxiety.
    Sometimes Bolognese dogs can be shy towards new people. But will adapt easily to strangers with proper, early socialization.
    These pups are among noble breeds that were popular among royals even during Roman times. In wealthy circles, Bolognese were given as precious gifts.

    15. Coton de Tulear

    This small and cuddly dog breed is known for having a fun and active personality. Coton de Tulear is a smart dog that will always enjoy making you laugh.

    Coton de Tulear is a dog breed originated in Madagascar and is related to the Maltese and the Bichon Frise. His cottony, soft coat is hypoallergenic and therefore these loving puppies can be owned by people with allergies.

    They are very smart, and will even try to answer you back in their own particular way when talked to. Coton de Tulears will be perfect companion dogs that will always stay by your side.

    16. Yorkshire Terrier

    Yorkies are among the most popular toy dog breeds in the U.S. They are known for their devotion to their owners and their great suitability to apartment living. These small Terrier dogs were developed during the 19th century in Yorkshire, England. Originally, they were bred to catch rats.

    These tiny dogs can be quite yappy if they are not trained on time. Their owners should give them enough attention and affection in order to train them well and control their barking habits.

    Yorkies have soft coats that almost don’t shed at all, so regular grooming will keep your home hairfree. Yorkies can be quite jealous and react badly to strangers or other dogs. They do not make perfect companions for families with children.

    17. Toy Poodle

    Poodles in general, but especially toy poodles, are among the most suitable dogs for apartments. The toy poodle is just like a regular poodle but only in a much smaller package.

    They have all the amazing traits poodles are known for. Their fur is little-to-no-shedding, they are extremely intelligent and have an elegant appearance. What else could you ask from a dog?

    Toy poodles will be perfect companions to just any type of person. They love being challenged mentally and physically, so just provide them with enough adventure in-house and outdoors and they will be the nicest pet there is.

    18. Miniature Schnauzer

    What does the Schnauzer actually mean? Well, schnauze means muzzle in German. The muzzle in Schnauzer is so particular in this dog breed that it had to be named after it!

    They definitely have an unmistakable look, but what’s also great is that Schnauzers also come in miniature size! Because they are so people-oriented, this small breed will be a perfect companion dog and will follow you wherever you go.

    They almost don’t shed at all and their fur is hypoallergenic. That’s why mini Schnauzers make one of the best choices for people that live in apartments.

    19. Lhasa Apso

    Lhasa Apso are great dogs for apartment living. They can do just fine without a yard and will enjoy being active inside their home. They shed slightly more than other hypoallergenic dog breeds, which is why some even doubt their hypoallergenic trait. However, they should not cause allergic reactions.

    Lhasa Apsos are a friendly dog breed that will be loyal to their owner throughout their entire lifespan. They are also very alert and will make a good apartment watchdog.

    His lively nature will make him a great company for all those lazy nights, as he will entertain you with his intelligent games. Although they are a steady dog, they are easily trained.

    20. Biewer Terrier

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    Biewer Terriers are among the most loveable of all small dog breeds. They are known for their charming personality. The Biewer Terrier is a longhaired and tri-colored toy breed that always manages to surprise their owners with how much love they are ready to give.

    They love playing with toys, so you might see them carrying around a couple of their favorite toys in seek of playing time with their owners. But these toy terriers also love spending their time outdoors. They are always in seek of adventures and will always respond well to any activity their owner suggests.

    Even if their coat is hypoallergenic, it still requires daily brushing, which is the least you could do for this loving pup. Biewer terriers are also quite devoted to their owners, so they do not enjoy spending a lot of time alone.

    21. Dandie Dinmont Terrier

    You could recognize a Dandie Dinmont Terrier easily thanks to his large head covered with afro shaped hair. Their big, round eyes are always full of expression and their short legs combined with a long torso make them look comical when they run.

    Their coat usually comes in nuances of two colors: gray and mustard. It is also not very prone to shedding which is why it is suitable for apartment living. They make perfect cuddling buddies and are not as energetic as some other small breeds.

    They are generally more independent than other dogs of their size due to their Terrier traits. Dandies are intelligent and are great watchdogs. The best way to get results in training a Dandie is by having a positive and motivational approach.

    Physical hallmarks of the Dandie Dinmont Terrier include a large head covered with profuse, silky white hair; long, hanging ears tipped with feathering and coming almost to a point; big, round eyes full of brightness and expression; and a long, low torso and short legs. The crisp body coat comes in two spicy colors: pepper (bluish black to silvery gray) and mustard (reddish brown to pale fawn).

    22. Basenji

    Basenji is also known as a Barkless dog from Africa. What makes Basenji different is his short coat combined with a small, muscular body and his wrinkled brow. They are very alert dogs that can be pretty stubborn at times.

    Stubbornness is usually a trait intelligent dogs have, so this is also true for Basenjis. They are very smart and have a unique temperament, not every owner might be ready for.

    They love to spend their time outdoors and are great companions for any sports activity you might want to have. Basenjis barely shed at all, and their coat is hypoallergenic. So, if you’re an outdoors person that loves a dog with an attitude, Basenji might be the perfect choice for you.

    23. Xoloitzcuintli

    Being a hairless dog, it’s no wonder why Xoloitzcuintli is found on this list. They are great for people with allergies, as they obviously won’t shed or make anyone sneeze from their hair.

    These dogs are the ancient Aztec dog of the gods and have been around for 3,000 years. Xolos come in three sizes: toy, miniature, and standard. If you have always wanted a hairless dog, with Xoloitzcuintli, you can surely find the right fit for you, as the height of this breed is very flexible.

    Today, they are known for being loving companions and alert watchdogs. They are very loyal to their owner and like to have moderate amounts of exercise. Don’t get fooled by their calm behavior inside the house, Xolos really enjoy long walks and dynamic times outdoors.

    24. Peruvian Inca Orchid

    The Peruvian Inca Orchid is a dog breed that in a lot of their traits resembles a whippet. They make excellent companions and are very easy to live with. Peruvian Inca Orchids, also called PIOs, have an athlete, agile body and require enough of active time.

    They are born hairless, and usually, have pink or black skin with some freckles at birth. With time, their freckles will get bigger and more numerous. Although you won’t have to worry about grooming when choosing a PIO, their skin requires regular care.

    A sunscreen that is suited for dogs will be required on sunny days, as well as cleaning their skin with a warm, damp cloth every few days. Sometimes PIOs can also have some sparse hair on their body, but they will most likely have a fuzzy tuft of hair in between their ears.

    25. Italian Greyhound

    Italian Greyhounds used to be favorite dogs of noblewomen in the Middle Ages. So if you think you might have seen an old portrait that included this dog breed, then you’re not wrong. They have been painted quite often by famous artists, especially in Italy.

    The Italian Greyhound is an elegant dog that is the smallest of the hounds. Hounds are bred mostly to hunt by sight and chase the prey. So, this pup will only be happy if having enough time to run and exercise. You would be surprised how fast an Italian Greyhound can be.

    They can also be amazing lap dogs that will enjoy cuddling with their owners. Their loving and affectionate personality will make them perfect companion dogs, but still, they often become shy when surrounded by strangers. Italian Greyhound’s coat is very short and smooth and requires very little grooming.

    26. Norwich Terrier

    The Norwich Terrier was originally bred for hunting vermin and foxes, so seeing this dog hunt for insects is not something to be surprised of. This breed is also one of the smallest Terriers and resembles quite a lot the Norfolk Terrier.

    Their fur is composed of two coats: a hard and straight topcoat and a soft undercoat. Their hair is a bit longer on the neck and the shoulders while being short on the rest of his head. They don’t shed much but will require weekly brushing.

    The Norwich is a courageous dog that loves chasing small animals and running around. He is also a great watchdog that will always make sure their owner is safe. Whether you have a large family or not, a Norwich will fit easily into any household environment.

    27. Australian Terrier

    The Australian Terrier is a small terrier with a rough coat. But even though the Australian terrier is small in size, he still has a big personality.

    The Aussie is a very active dog that will often behave silly in order to make his owners laugh. He is a great companion for little kids, the elderly an also he disabled.

    This small, independent Terrier will make a perfect pet for everyone that is willing to provide him with a fun and challenging environment. His
    coat is very easy to groom as they shed minimally.

    28. Norfolk Terrier

    At first sight, The Norfolk Terrier might look exactly like the Norwich Terrier. Although they are terrier siblings, the Norfolk terrier is slightly longer than it is tall and has folded ears.

    What makes these two breeds similar is that they are both very active and love to hunt vermin and small animals. A Norfolk has a hardy, wiry coat that protects him of any kind of weather.

    The shedding amount of a Norfolk is very small, so this cute pup will be a perfect match for people that don’t want to deal with a lot of hair in their homes.

    29. Sealyham Terrier

    We have yet another hunter on this list: the Sealyham Terrier. They were originally bred to hunt otters, foxes, and badgers, but today they are really great, funny pets that make perfect companion dogs.

    He is definitely one of the most distinctive-looking terriers out there and they are highly spirited. The Sealyham Terrier was bred in Wales and were once considered one of the most popular terrier breeds. Unfortunately, today they are one of Great Britain’s most endangered native breeds.

    Despite being a terrier, a Sealy is not so active as his terrier relatives, but he will always be ready to play with his people. Sealy’s coat is medium long and is usually all white. Although he won’t shed much, in order to look his best, he will need regular brushing.

    30. Lagotto Romagnolo

    Lagotto Romagnolo is best known for being the Italian “truffle dog”. He is rather medium sized than small, but we just needed to include this adorable breed for its lovely appearance and personality.

    They are active dogs that have distinctive wooly curls covering their body. Although they seem like they require a lot of grooming work, they actually shed only minimally and may only leave little strands of hair every once in a while.

    Lagotto does indeed have the teddy bear appearance of other small breeds, but he is much stronger and can endure longer and harder exercise. Is this dog just wonderful, or is it just us?

    Were these 30 non-shedding breeds interesting to you? Check out the video above of more small dogs that don’t shed and read more about breeds that don’t shed.

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    The 15 Quietest Dog Breeds

    Dogs bark to communicate — think of it like their private puppy language. But when your pet has a lot to say at 4AM, or in the afternoon when the kids are napping, or incessantly for no reason at all, it can be incredibly frustrating.

    Almost all dogs bark (except for one totally silent breed on page 5). However, certain dog breeds are more likely to stay quiet most of the time, while others are prone to excessive barking from boredom, loneliness, attention seeking, or playing.

    You can train your dog to bark less often. The easier way? Choose a quiet breed who won’t bark a lot in the first place.

    1. Bulldog

    They’re typically calm and quiet. | White_bcgrd/iStock/Getty Images

    A long nap on the couch sounds much more appealing to a bulldog than barking at every passing squirrel. This breed stays calm and composed most of the time, making him one of the quietest breeds you can choose. He’s also affectionate, good with kids, and perfectly content in small spaces.

    Next: Bernese mountain dog

    2. Bernese mountain dog

    They only bark if there’s a reason. | Foto-front/iStock/Getty Images

    These dogs are incredibly family oriented and are known for becoming attached to one specific person. They’re loyal, smart, calm, and personable, plus they’re not likely to bark without due cause.

    Next: Cavalier King Charles spaniel

    3. Cavalier King Charles spaniel

    They’re thankfully not yippy dogs. | JLSnader/iStock/Getty Images

    Looking for the quintessential lap dog? An adorable Cavalier King Charles might fit the bill. She may be small in stature, but this sweet, good-natured breed isn’t often yippy and annoying. She’ll bark to let you know there’s someone at the door and then settle back down on the couch for a snooze.

    Next: French bulldog

    4. French bulldog

    They’re pretty chill little dogs. | bruev/iStock/Getty Images

    Perfect for apartment owners, a French bulldog doesn’t require a lot of exercise and won’t annoy the neighbors with constant barking, either. This is a rare and popular breed thanks to his excellent companionship. Be prepared to go on a waitlist if you really want one.

    Next: Basenji

    5. Basenji

    Their name actually means “barkless dog.” | Yurikr/iStock/Getty Images

    If you really can’t stand barking but you still want a dog, consider this unique breed for your family. The name “basenji” translates to “barkless dog.” While he doesn’t bark, he does emit strange yodeling and whining noises, and can be a little tricky for a novice owner. You’ll need to show this headstrong and stubborn breed who’s boss.

    Next: Borzoi

    6. Borzoi

    They probably won’t even bark at an intruder. | bruev/iStock/Getty Images

    He runs like a greyhound and he’s quiet like a cat. This sleek, elegant breed has a laid-back personality and a high level of athleticism. They’re excellent hunters, but they make terrible guard dogs. This breed won’t bark very often even if your house is being robbed.

    Next: Scottish deerhound

    7. Scottish deerhound

    They’re calm, gentle giants. | iStock.com/Darren Brown

    Sir Walter Scott once described his deerhound as, “the most perfect creature of heaven.” This calm, elegant, dignified breed is friendly to everyone from family to strangers and has a loving disposition. They’re not recommended for multi-pet homes with small animals because they could see them as prey. But no matter where you live, this gentle giant won’t bark.

    Next: Soft-coated wheaten terrier

    8. Soft-coated wheaten terrier

    They’re pretty easygoing for a terrier. | tripletenphoto/iStock/Getty Images

    Some terriers are high strung — the soft-coated wheaten terrier is decidedly laid-back. This easygoing dog will adjust to any type of living situation and will instantly become a loving member of the family. He’s also less prone to frequent barking compared to other terriers.

    Next: Shiba Inu

    9. Shiba Inu

    They’re not prone to barking. | irontrybex/iStock/Getty Images

    Native to Japan, the Shiba Inu breed is highly intelligent — and not prone to unnecessary barking. You’ll need to show this strong-willed pup who’s boss from the get-go, but once you assert your authority, he’s intensely loyal.

    Next: Whippet

    10. Whippet

    They’re friendly, even with strangers. | Onetouchspark/iStock/Getty Images

    Affectionately known as the “poor man’s greyhound,” whippets won’t drive you crazy by barking all the time. These medium-sized dogs have streamlined bodies made for athletics and usually socialize well with other dogs and people. They’re not very good watchdogs and are likely to make friends with the people breaking into your house.

    Next: Shih tzu

    11. Shih tzu

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    His name means “little lion,” but that doesn’t mean your shih tzu will roar — or bark — all day long. This outgoing, affectionate, good-natured breed is content to just follow you around and curl up in your lap to relax.

    Next: Saluki

    12. Saluki

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    Graceful, sleek, and reserved, a saluki would never tarnish his noble nature with incessant barking. He’s likely to become timid and shy without early socialization, so be sure to get him out of the house and interacting from an early age. Salukis also need lots of exercise.

    Next: Rhodesian ridgeback

    13. Rhodesian ridgeback

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    Rhodesian ridgebacks were originally bred in Africa and even used to hunt lions. They excel in a variety of athletic endeavors, yet they remain quiet and faithful companions who won’t bark up a storm. Looking for a hiking or running buddy? This is one of your best bets.

    Next: Dalmation

    14. Dalmation

    They might be energetic, but they’re not known for barking. | GlobalP/iStock/Getty Images

    These high energy dogs can be exhausting, but at least they won’t tire out your eardrums. Dalmations are not known for barking all the time. Just be aware that if you choose a Dalmatian, you’ll need to provide her with plenty of training from puppyhood. These highly intelligent dogs need rules or they’ll try to run things.

    Next: Doberman pinscher

    15. Doberman pinscher

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    Dobies are intelligent, alert, and loyal. They’re well-known for being sleek and athletic, and they make excellent guard dogs. But unless your beloved pup is alerting you to an intrusion, don’t anticipate a whole lot of barking.

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    Small Dogs That Don’t Shed

    Not everyone enjoys cleaning up copious amounts of dog hair. If you are looking for a small dog with equally small amounts of shedding hair, you are in luck. From small dogs that don’t shed at all, to dogs who shed minimally, here are the dog breeds you need to know about to help you decide which breed is right for you.


    Affenpinscher means “monkey-like terrier,” and this breed’s intelligence and appearance are true to its name. Despite its small size, this Toy breed is fearless, and with an Affenpinscher keeping an eye on things, you don’t need to be afraid of unannounced guests or of finding dog hair in your food. The Affenpinscher’s wiry coat sheds very little and also has almost no doggy odor. A twice-weekly brushing with a slicker brush and comb is all that is needed to keep the Affenpinscher looking shaggy yet neat, and this low-maintenance little canine is famous for its sense of humor.

    If you think this breed is right for you, check out the AKC Marketplace for Affenpinscher puppies.


    For people who love hounds but don’t enjoy their distinctive odor and shedding habits, the Basenji might be the perfect small dog breed. The Basenji sheds very minimally, and its short, fine coat requires little care beyond the occasional brushing. Basenjis are also famously quiet, which makes them an ideal dog for apartments – as long as they get daily exercise and playtime.

    If you think this breed is right for you, check out the AKC Marketplace for Basenji puppies.

    Bichon Frise

    The Bichon Frise is truly a non-shedding small dog breed. These playful and affectionate dogs are an ideal dog breed for people with allergies, but they are not maintenance-free. The Bichon Frise’s hair grows continuously, requiring frequent grooming, brushing, and the occasional bath in order to keep up with their powder-puff looks.

    If you think this breed is right for you, check out the AKC Marketplace for Bichon Frise puppies.


    Like the Bichon Frise, the distinctive fluffy coat of the Bolognese is composed of hair rather than fur. The Bolognese does not shed, although dead hair must be brushed out regularly, and the coat requires daily grooming to keep these lovable lap dogs looking their best.

    If you think this breed is right for you, check out the AKC Marketplace for Bolognese puppies.

    Brussels Griffon

    Despite its small size, the Brussels Griffon is not a dog that requires pampering. Both smooth-coated and rough-coated varieties of the Brussels Griffon thrive with regular grooming and are minimal shedders. Their small size means that a daily walk and indoor play is usually enough to satisfy their exercise needs, and this loyal little dog does best with families who are frequently home.

    If you think this breed is right for you, check out the AKC Marketplace for Brussels Griffon puppies.

    Chinese Crested

    One way to avoid shedding is to select a small hairless dog breed. Chinese Crested come in two coat types: hairless and powderpuff. Hairless Chinese Crested have hair on their heads, tail, and feet, while the powderpuff is covered with a coat of fine hair that sheds very minimally. Hairless dog breeds require extra care and attention when it comes to their skin. Without hair, they need protection from the sun and cold and are more prone to skin irritations.

    If you think this breed is right for you, check out the AKC Marketplace for Chinese Crested puppies.

    Coton De Tulear

    The Coton de Tulear has a distinctive, long, fluffy coat that is considered hypoallergenic, making it a good choice for allergy sufferers and those who want a small dog that doesn’t shed. Coton de Tulear do require daily grooming to maintain their coats, but their lighthearted and gentle natures make the effort worthwhile.

    If you think this breed is right for you, check out the AKC Marketplace for Coton De Tulear puppies.


    These native Cuban dogs offer owners both their patented spunky charm and a coat that doesn’t shed, which means less time spent lint rolling the furniture and more time romping with the playful Havanese. Their coat requires weekly brushing and regular baths to keep them clean and healthy.

    If you think this breed is right for you, check out the AKC Marketplace for Havanese puppies.


    Maltese have charmed their human counterparts for three millennia. This ancient dog of Malta has not changed much over the past 28 centuries, perhaps in part because their long, white coats shed very little, making them an ideal lap dog. Their coats do require regular brushing to prevent mats from forming, and an occasional bath removes any unwanted dirt and debris from their long, silky hair.

    If you think this breed is right for you, check out the AKC Marketplace for Maltese puppies.

    Lhasa Apso

    This small dog breed from Tibet makes an excellent companion. Calm yet playful, the Lhasa Apso enjoys brisk walks and resting in their owner’s lap. Lhasa Apsos don’t shed, but their coats do require maintenance. Many owners keep their Lhasa Apsos clipped in a “puppy cut” to avoid daily grooming and brushing of their long hair.

    If you think this breed is right for you, check out the AKC Marketplace for Lhasa Apso puppies.

    Miniature Schnauzer

    The Miniature Schnauzer is a smart, trainable, and cheerful little dog that strongly resembles his Standard Schnauzer cousin. This Terrier sheds very little, and their adaptability makes them at home in the city or the country, as long as their people are close by. To keep Miniature Schnauzers looking their best, incorporate weekly brushing and regular grooming into their schedule.

    If you think this breed is right for you, check out the AKC Marketplace for Miniature Schnauzer puppies.


    Most people think of Poodles when they hear about small dogs that don’t shed, and with good reason. Poodles are non-shedding and hypoallergenic. Miniature and Toy Poodles offer these qualities in petite, intelligent packages that differ only in size from Standard Poodles. All Poodles are highly intelligent, making them easy to train, and they are an active, proud breed. Their hair does require regular grooming.

    If you think this breed is right for you, check out the AKC Marketplace for Poodle puppies.

    Scottish Terrier

    The Scottish Terrier, or Scottie, is a Terrier breed known for its boldness, confidence, and big personality. The wiry, weather-resistant coat sheds very little, although they do need regular brushing, grooming, and the occasional hand-stripping to keep their coats healthy and to maintain the breed outline. Scotties are clever and independent dogs with strong prey drives, which means owners must take care around smaller animals.

    If you think this breed is right for you, check out the AKC Marketplace for Scottish Terrier puppies.

    Shih Tzu

    The Shih Tzu is another breed with a long pedigree. The favored house pet of the Tang Dynasty, these “little lions dogs” come in a variety of colors and patterns. Their long, silky hair is very low-shedding and looks exceptionally regal when brushed out, befitting their royal ancestry. This Toy breed is sturdy and lively, with a carriage often described as arrogant, due to their proudly held heads and curling tails. Shih Tzu were bred to be house pets, and their gentle, trusting nature makes them exceptional companions.

    If you think this breed is right for you, check out the AKC Marketplace for Shih Tzu puppies.

    West Highland White Terrier

    The coarse, white hair of the West Highland White Terrier, referred to affectionately by fans of the breed as Westies, sheds very little. This sturdy little dog is intelligent, loyal, happy, and highly entertaining. They are curious dogs with moderate energy levels and an independent streak common among all Terriers, that can make training a challenge at times.

    If you think this breed is right for you, check out the AKC Marketplace for West Highland White Terrier puppies.


    Also known as the Mexican Hairless, the Xoloitzcuintli is an ancient and rare breed of dog that can be hairless or coated. Hairless varieties retain a small amount of hair on their heads, and the coated variety has a very short, fine coat that sheds minimally. As with any hairless breed, the Xolo needs a little extra attention when it comes to their skin to protect them from the elements. Xolos make attentive watchdogs and affectionate companions, and while they enjoy physical activities like walks and vigorous play, they are well known for their tranquil personality around the home.

    If you think this breed is right for you, check out the AKC Marketplace for Xoloitzcuintli puppies.

    Yorkshire Terrier

    Sprightly, tomboyish, and affectionate, the Yorkshire Terrier, often called the Yorkie, is a Toy breed full of personality. These spunky lap dogs are the seventh most popular dog breed in America, and for good reason. Yorkshire Terriers do not shed, and their silky coats are beautiful when brushed out daily, which is made easy by their small size. Don’t be fooled by their regal carriage – Yorkies have working-class roots. These fearless terriers hunted rats in English clothing mills, although today they are just as happy to sit on their owner’s lap as they are running down a rodent.

    If you think this breed is right for you, check out the AKC Marketplace for Yorkshire Terrier puppies.

    Other Small Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed

    The Terrier group is full of small dogs that don’t shed or shed minimally. Wiry- and coarse-haired Terriers shed less than other breeds, making Terriers ideal small dogs for people who don’t enjoy excessive shedding. Here are some other non- or low-shedding Terrier breeds:

    • Wire Fox Terrier
    • Dandie Dinmont Terrier
    • Cairn Terrier
    • Australian Terrier
    • Border Terrier
    • Bedlington Terrier
    • Sealyham Terrier
    • Silky Terrier
    • Welsh Terrier

    There are many breeds of small dogs that don’t shed, but just because your dog doesn’t shed doesn’t mean your pet requires zero maintenance. Take the time to carefully research non-shedding dog breeds to find the dog that best matches your lifestyle and personality. To avoid health problems, always purchase a dog from a reliable breeder, feed your dog a high-quality diet, and take your pet to the vet for regular checkups.

    Dog Breeds That Do and Don’t Bark

    Dogs and barking go hand in hand; or, rather, leash in hand. But there are some dogs that are almost certain to bark less than others. The fact is, many people do choose their dog breed in order to control the volume in their home.

    Most of us have experienced that helpless and infuriating feeling caused by a neighbor’s barking dog. The constant yapping of a dog next door is so common that it was even featured in a Seinfeld episode: Frazzled Elaine, leaning – bedhead and all – out of her apartment window, screaming at the dog to, “Shut up!”

    Dogs are masters at fitting into our lifestyles. There are small dogs for small spaces, big dogs for large families, herding dogs for farm work, dogs that can guide the blind or detect an oncoming seizure, and dogs that love to wear sweaters and look cute. Of all the outlandish things we expect from dogs, one of the things we can’t seem to accomplish is getting them to stop barking.

    Barking is deeply ingrained in dogs’ behavior. Our canine companions bark for different reasons:

    • To warn of intruders
    • To call for help
    • To announce a guest
    • To point out the presence of a squirrel, rabbit, or another dog

    It can go well beyond that though and barking out of frustration and boredom is probably the most common reason that the sound becomes a problem. Dogs often mix barking in with a sprinkle of howling and whining, and their loud noises can go on for hours.

    To Bark or Not to Bark?

    To understand how to get a dog to stop barking, it is best to look at what dogs who don’t excessively bark have in common. Dogs who tend not to bark excessively have some common advantages in life:

    • Plenty of aerobic exercises
    • A way to occupy themselves when their owners are at work, such as interactive toys or toys stuffed with treats
    • A companion animal to keep them company
    • No access to windows when home alone

    Although barking is deeply compulsive in the canine species, there are some breeds of dogs that could be considered low-maintenance when it comes to vocalizing. Apartment dwellers should consider these breeds.

    Silent and Barkless Dog Breeds

    There may be no such thing as a truly silent dog, but there is hope for those who are looking for the Holy Grail, ere, a small dog that doesn’t bark a lot. Or perhaps even a large dog that doesn’t bark a lot. Dogtime has shared some ideas for good apartment dogs, with a list of small dogs that don’t bark much, if at all.

    For breeds that tend to bark less than others, here are a few suggestions:

    This ancient breed is a favorite for people who want a non-barking dog. After all, the Basenji is the only dog unable to bark. However, a Basenji can’t be considered “silent.” Many of them yodel and, although they don’t bark, they don’t have a problem getting their point across.


    Bred to run silently after swift prey, the Greyhound is a surprisingly good alternative for apartment living. Although a large breed of dog and famously fast, they actually like to be couch potatoes. Many are available for rescue from the racetrack so you can save a life and keep a quiet home.

    This mini bulldog is growing in popularity as a small, quiet dog breed, and is an excellent alternative for people who want to live in a small, bark-free space. Besides being friendly, they know they are cute and don’t have to keep reminding you.


    If you want to do dog sports but don’t fancy having a canine cheerleader as a partner, the Chinook may be a good choice for you. They are known for not being excessively vocal but do require lots of physical activity.


    If a big dog is more your style, consider a quiet, calm Bullmastiff for a companion. Warning: they are handsome and imposing, and tend to draw attention when out in public, so they may not be the best choice for introverts.

    Most Vocal Dog Breeds

    At the opposite end, there are dogs who are considered high-maintenance on the barking scale. These dogs have barking deeply ingrained in their DNA and prospective owners must understand that before committing to a life with them.

    Among the winners in the high-yap category are the following:


    They’ve got the corner on cute – after all, Snoopy is the most famous beagle. But the soul behind those brown eyes is all hound. They were bred to chase rabbits and, yes, shout about it.


    The tiny-but-mighty chihuahua has earned a reputation as being one of the dogs that bark the most. Although apartment-sized, they’ve got a spice of hot pepper and a mouth to go with it.


    They may look like a bit of fluff, but they’ve got a big personality and a bark to boot.

    Siberian Husky

    Bred to pull sleds and bark while they work, this Northern breed has the added benefit of howling like a wolf when the mood strikes.

    Their silky fur and bright expression have made them a favorite to dress up and carry around in designer bags – but they’re a true terrier and won’t let you forget it.

    How to Stop A Dog from Barking

    A dog behaviorist can help you with the “quiet” command, but dogs are highly motivated to bark. This article in cuteness describes why some dogs don’t bark.

    The best way to stop a dog from barking is to prevent the habit in the first place. This can be achieved through having a happy dog. Here are a few ways to help your dog have a calm and happy life:

    Aerobic Exercise

    Make sure you get your dog moving. Activity is an important way to vent frustrations that may lead to habitual barking.

    The Brain Game

    Keep your dog’s mind occupied. There are plenty of interactive toys that can help with this. Of course, nothing takes the place of one-on-one attention from you. This article describes training techniques and other ideas to curb barking.

    Check Their Health

    If your dog is having some type of physical issue or ailment, it may not be an easy fix. Don’t forget to keep up to date on their healthcare. Talk to your veterinarian about barking issues if you suspect there might be an underlying medical cause.

    Keep Your Dog with You

    Are you going anywhere that may be dog-friendly? Load them up. Many workplaces are becoming more lenient about bringing your pet to work. Another alternative to leaving your dog home alone is to take them to a doggy daycare facility.

    Monitor Your Dog While Not at Home

    There are convenient home surveillance tools that will help you keep an eye on your pup when you aren’t around. One of them is a Petcube dog camera. It enables people to see, talk, play, and treat pets remotely while keeping pets safe and healthy.

    If you don’t have a home camera, consider getting in touch with your neighbors and asking them to call you if they are bothered by barking. Give a friend your key and have them take your four-legged companion out for a walk if you can’t for long periods of time, or consider using a reputable online service for dog walking. There are plenty of creative ways to check up on your dog and give them outlets for their vocal energy.

    The most important thing to remember is that a barking dog is usually trying to tell you something. If you can figure out the reason, you can fix the problem. Remember that you may have up to 15 years to live with your best friend, and you want those years to be the best ones possible – for both of you.

    About the author: Cedric Jackson is an experienced writer who creates articles on a broad range of topics, from pets to marketing.

    Prefer a quieter and less energetic dog? You’re not alone. There are many dog lovers out there who actively seek out breeds known to be more easy-going and chilled out.

    When it comes to small dogs, there is a general perception that they are more full of energy and tend to make more noise than larger dogs. This isn’t the case across the board. There are certain small dog breeds that are definitely calmer in nature than you’d expect.

    If you want to find yourself a more relaxed small pet pooch, read on for our list of 10 small dog breeds that are on the quieter side:

    French Bulldog

    For those of you who live in apartments, a French bulldog could be the perfect choice. They’re known to not bark much which your neighbours will appreciate. They’re also generally sweet natured but don’t like to be left alone for too long.

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    With their distinctive looks and their playful nature, pugs are a breed that don’t require much work. They’d be happy to lie around with you for hours and don’t need as much exercise. They’re also great with kids and getting along with any other pets.

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    English Toy Spaniel

    Known to be loyal and affectionate, English Toy Spaniels could be a great choice for those living in smaller homes as they are generally quiet and gentle. They love to cuddle and don’t like being left alone for long.

    Very easy to care for, Maltese dogs have a relaxed nature and get along quite easily with other pets. A short daily walk will keep them satisfied exercise wise.

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    Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

    If you’re looking for a slightly larger toy breed dog, a sweet and loyal Cavalier Kings Charles Spaniel could make a great choice. Bred to be indoor dogs, they’re happy to lounge for hours on the couch.

    If you have other pets, this dog breed could be a natural fit as they are known to get along easily with other animals. A short daily walk is enough to keep them satisfied in terms of activity. They’re more than happy to relax indoors for most of the day.

    Japanese Chin

    As long as they’re near their owners, the almost cat-like Japanese Chins don’t require much else. These self-grooming dogs are often used as therapy dogs due to their relaxing nature.


    The easy going Pekingese dogs are equally happy to stay in or go out. They love their sleep, especially when cuddled up to their owners. They do tend to be a little wary of strangers though, so could make a good choice for those of you looking for a quiet small dog that is still capable of being a watchdog.

    Shiba Inu

    With their almost fox-like appearance and independent nature, Shiba Inu dogs are extremely easy to care for. They make great indoor dogs and don’t require much exercise.

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    It’s easy to fall in love with this adorable and delicious-sounding breed. If you’re looking for a tiny dog that doesn’t fit in with the ‘yappy’ stereotype of smaller dogs, a quiet and fluffy Bolognese could be just the pet for you.

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    If you’ve got a baby on the way, apartment hunting, or don’t like dogs who are in love with their own voice, we’ve got you covered. There are dogs who bark the least. There are dogs that yodel (Basenji), dogs that use sign language (Kooikerhondje) and dogs that snort instead.

    Dog Breeds Who Bark the Least

      1. Basenjis
      2. English Bulldogs
      3. French Bulldogs
      4. Great Danes
      5. Bernese Mountain Dogs
      6. Kooikerhondjes

    1. Basenjis

    The Basenji originated in Africa, and its name means “Barkless Dog.” At 17 inches high, they’re perfect for apartment life. Owners report that, this very intelligent, independent graceful dog makes whining and yodeling-type noises when communicating.

    2. English Bulldogs

    Another small dog breed that doesn’t bark (or shed, yay!) is the Bulldog. Their comical face, and sturdy compact body makes them look, ahem, “ruff,” ahem, but they’re sweet-natured, bright, and slightly stubborn dogs. Bulldogs tend to put on weight, so walks are important to them. In warmer months, keep them busy indoors, as their pushed-in noses can cause breathing issues when it’s warm outside. They love lounging on couches, almost as much as the French Bulldog. Barking is a rarity for them.

    3. French Bulldogs

    These tiny dogs are so hawt, there’s waiting lists for pups. Perhaps its their cute bat-like ears, or that they’re a small breed dog that doesn’t bark or shed (much). They love to be cuddled and don’t need a lot of exercise. Here’s some Frenchie trivia, they’re not from France, they originated from Nottingham, England. Frenchies may snort, fart a lot (sorry!), and make silly noises, but they rarely if ever bark.

    4. Great Danes

    Fell in love with Scooby-Doo? Guess what, Great Danes rarely bark. They occasionally “Woof!” GDs communicate more with head gestures and tail wags. These very tall (up to 32 inches) dogs are elegant; have huge liquid eyes that see into your soul. GDS are gentle and placid in nature. They adapt well to apartment living. Just make sure you’ve got an extra-large pet bed in the living room and the bedroom. They’d rather loll around on something fluffy and cushioned then the floor.

    5. Bernese Mountain Dogs

    Nicknamed “Bernie,“ the Bernese Mountain Dog is a member of the “dogs who bark the least” group. Black with rust colored eyebrows and a white bib, these dogs are super affectionate and gentle with children. While they love everyone, be prepared for them to pick one hooman as their person. Bred for farm work, this Swiss breed only barks when there’s something important happening—barking would upset livestock.

    6. Kooikerhondjes

    The Kooikerhondje or Dutch Decoy Dog breed dates to the 1500s. You can see the feathered beauties in Rembrandt’s paintings. This is a frighteningly smart breed; so smart, if they had thumbs, human would be in trouble. Kooikers are hunters; they helped captured ducks in marshes. Weaving in and out of duck decoy blinds, their feathered curvy tail would make the ducks curious, they’d follow them, and eventually, the ducks were someone’s dinner. They rarely bark; if they want your attention, the 25-pound dog will smack you on the leg with their paw.

    But keep in mind…

    Remember, every dog is an individual so even though breed can be a good starting point, positive training is the best way to ensure good behavior! For tips on dog training like how to stop your dog barking, check it out here. And if your type of dog is the kind who really won’t shut up, well, we can also give you a list of those too. 🙂

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