We all love dogs, but constant barking is a sure-fire way to upset your neighborhood and get yourself in trouble. And let’s face, incessant barking drives us insane too! So if you’re looking for a dog but don’t think you’ll be able to curb a barker’s noise, or perhaps just don’t want to deal with the possibility at all, we’e compiled a list of some of the most silent dog breeds.
#1 – Basenji
Basenjis are actually known for their inability to bark! But that doesn’t mean they don’t make noise. Bred as hunting dogs in Africa, they make a yodeling sound instead of barking. However, they typically only do this when they feel there is a reason, and are not known to make noise often.
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#2 – Bernese Mountain Dog
This giant breed consists of mostly silent dogs. They are a very docile breed, and although they’d love to meet new people and spend time as social butterflies, they’re large size is often a deterrent for strangers.
#3 – Borzoi
This large, Russian sighthound is a relatively ancient breed of dog. Fortunately for those looking for a quiet dog, the Borzoi is relatively complacent around the home and cannot be trusted to alert to any strangers. So while they’re a fairly silent breed, you should look elsewhere if you’re in search of a guard dog.
#4 – Chinese Shar Pei
These wrinkly dogs originated as guard dogs in China. This might make it sound like they bark a lot, but they rarely bark without true purpose. If they feel worried or threatened, they’ll let you know. Otherwise, they’re a relatively silent breed.
#5 – Collie
These beautiful dogs are very rarely nuisance barkers. In fact, even Lassie only barked when she really had something important to say. So if you’re looking for a herding breed that’s relatively quiet, the Collie might be your answer.
#6 – Italian Greyhound
The smallest of the sighthounds, Italian Greyhounds are a nice small breed that is not known to be a nuisance barker. In fact, Italian Greyhounds are somewhat easily stressed and prefer a quiet household themselves.
#7 – Newfoundland
Newfoundlands are another giant breed that is known for his calm, collected temperament. These qualities also result in a dog that doesn’t bark very often, and never without reason. If you’re looking for a friendly dog that can still act as a deterrent due to it’s large size, the Newfoundland may be for you.
#8 – Saint Bernard
St. Bernards are very social, affectionate dogs, although they may bark at strangers. However, as long as they are properly socialized as young puppies, Saints will typically grow to love everyone they meet and have little need to bark.
#9 – Saluki
These beautiful dogs are also sighthounds. Although they remain fairly reserved with strangers, they are a social and affectionate breed that does not look for reasons to bark incessantly.
#10 – Whippet
This medium-sized sighthound is very intelligent and rarely barks. Bred mainly for hunting and racing, they’re quite the couch potatoes and really feel no need to expend any unnecessary energy – and that includes making noise.