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Six of the Quietest Dog Breeds

great dane quiet blogSome dogs have a lot to say, while others seem to limit their barking to rare occasions. If you’re looking for a dog that’s on the quieter side, the following breeds might make good options:

1.) Collie: Although by no means a silent breed, collies tend to only vocalize when they really have something to say. If given an appropriate outlet for their energy, these dogs aren’t typically a nuisance with their barking.

2.) Golden Retriever: These lovable dogs are known for making wonderful family companions. They tend to be much more interested in playing and chasing tennis balls than barking.

3.) Mastiff: Mastiffs are known to be incredibly loving and protective. They have a demanding presence and often reach 200 pounds, so barking is rarely necessary to ward off potential dangers.

4.) Whippet: This athletic breed thrives on activity, but is also perfect for quietly snuggling up with on the couch.

5.) Newfoundland: This breed is large, intelligent, courageous, and one of the quietest in the canine world. If you need more of a reason to love Newfoundlands, they’re also fiercely loyal and love children.

6.) Great Dane (pictured): These gentle giants don’t feel the need to express their opinions very often. However, on the rare occasion that they do bark, their voices are deeper and louder than most other dogs.

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  • Al B. May 27, 2014, 11:59 am

    We had two Akitas. Male and Female. I don’t know if they ever barked except as puppies in play. A lot quieter than a few Great danes I know.

  • Sheila June 3, 2014, 3:00 am

    I have a 12 year old male shih-tzu that only vocalizes when he meets another dog he wants to play with (rarely). He is known as the most quiet dog in every neighborhood we’ve lived. We had a female though and she was a barker – we trained her to stop quickly. Her bark was much louder than any sound he has ever made.

  • Marianne F June 3, 2014, 4:52 am

    I totally disagree with the choice of collie. As a pet sitter, I’ve come in contact with many rough and smooth coated collies. None of them are quiet because everything is very important to say. These are the only dogs I’ve worked with that the owners couldn’t even train to be quiet with the citronella bark collars.

  • UncommonSensesc June 3, 2014, 7:23 am

    We have a rat terrier – he’s quiet in the house but when he goes out he starts this loud, high-pitched barking. He rarely has anything he needs to bark at but that doesn’t stop him. I’ve watch him walk around the yard barking at nothing in particular, just barking! I think he just likes the sound of his barks! We keep waiting for Big Foot to come up to the back door one night, holding him and telling us to keep him inside and make him stop the barking!

  • Lisa Warden June 3, 2014, 9:17 am

    I’m amazed you didn’t include greyhounds! I own a pet services business and am a trainer, and I have several as clients. I have yet to hear one of them bark…and I’ve worked with them for years!

  • Jill Workman-Isenberg June 3, 2014, 5:42 pm

    We have a 9 year old Saint Bernard who is an incessant barker. Not protective at all, but loves to hear herself bark at everything passing by in the meadows, rabbits and squirrels, etc. She’s been this way since puppyhood. Tried the citron spray collar. Worked great for 3 days then she decided she loved the spray. Electric shock collar caused her to have a seizure. I don’t know if this is common with this breed or not, but it certainly is with her. Other than that, she’s a very sweet dog. We’ve had 4 German Shepards over the years. They seem to only bark when they mean it and are very protective, sometimes too much so. This is all just personal experience and opinion. I’m no expert. We also have a chihuahua who is also kind of barky and sets the Saint off. The terrier we have seldom barks, although she can be annoying in other ways. I guess you just have to love the dog/dogs you have and take the bad with the good. None are perfect, especially true of people.

  • bearlady June 3, 2014, 6:20 pm

    I also have Akitas. My neighbors love them because they are so quiet unless somebody leaves the side walk and steps onto their property. They scare other people walking their dogs just by standing quietly and staring at them.

  • Nicole June 3, 2014, 6:52 pm

    We have a 8lb. Seidenspitz-“Prince Frosty Paws” whose whole life is a BARK!!!! Of course His Older Brother “Sur Wnter James) a Coton De Tulear taught Him some of it but the rest such as barking at the Birds and Squirrels He learned on His own. These are the only Dogs that I have ever owned that Bark like this. They have just about brought Us to the breaking point of never getting another Dog. It is very tiring and draining to have these kinds of Dogs. Part of it is Dominance and the other as My Husband says it just being a “Brat!!!” Any advice please send My way.

  • teri June 4, 2014, 6:01 pm

    My son has a Beagle that never barks or bays. I’ve only ever heard him make a weird little sound when he wants out….Yes, I know…Walter is a unique Beagle.

  • Gina pastorino June 6, 2014, 9:06 am

    I had Chows and they only barked when something was wrong! Wonderful dogs.

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