Least Barking Dogs

What are the least barking dogs? – 11 dog breeds to know

We all know that all dogs bark, but some dog breeds have a tendency to bark more or less. I have already covered the most barking dogs in my previous post, so now let’s look at the least barking dogs.

Read about most barking dogs here.

Obviously, there are some other breeds with low or medium barking, but the eleven I listed below are well known or common dog breeds.

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#1 Basenji

Basenji is a well presenting, barkless dog originating from Africa. It has a muscular body, short coat and erect ears.

It is a highly intelligent dog with a bit of a stubborn attitude. Teaching him many different commands is not a problem, but whether Basenji would perform depends on the situation. He would rather think first, and check if there is a good reason for it, and if he can get anything out of it.

Basenji likes chewing on everything so, you may learn quickly to hide all your precious items and belongings in the house.

Also, they are escape artists, so leaving the dog unattended in the backyard may result in getting out and exploring the world around them.

They love to play but they are not frisbee or tennis ball runners. Instead, chasing a lure is a perfect activity for them. Simply, a white plastic bag attached to a line over a course in a field.

In regards to barking, Basenji doesn’t bark much, but they are not necessarily silent either. They rather growl, whimper or whine.

Least Barking Dogs - Basenji
Least Barking Dogs – Basenji

#2 English Bulldog

English Bulldog is an affectionate, easygoing and lovable companion. They are quiet dogs, good with kids and other pets, outgoing with a friendly personality.

Their body build cannot be mistaken from any other breeds. It is a medium-sized dog with a thick, low body and short legs and its short-muzzled head is massive and square. Because of bulldogs’ stocky legs and wide bodies, they rather move with a waddle than a walk.

Bulldogs are excellent guard dogs that are courageous and dependable. They can adapt to a wide variety of living conditions.

Instead of barking, they do a lot of snorting, shuffling and wheezing noises and they even snore.

Least Barking Dogs - English Bulldog
Least Barking Dogs – English Bulldog

They can get overweight very quickly if not exercised regularly.

Interestingly, bulldogs have difficulty giving birth and most of them require caesareans to deliver their puppies.

Also, bulldogs don’t tolerate heat and humidity – something to consider if you leave in a hot country, but they are sensitive to cold weather too.

They are definitely house dogs and should not be living outside.

#3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier is a beautiful, small, affectionate, undemanding and easy to train family dog. It is known to have its tail in a constant motion while moving. It loves to be with people and should not be left alone for a long time.

They have large, dark round eyes and overly warm and lustrous, sweet expression, that forces people to pat them constantly and give them unlimited supplies of food.

In training, they are quite intelligent and willing to perform.

Cavaliers are also house dogs and should not be living outside.

Because they are spaniels at heart, they like to chase birds, rabbits and other small animals.

They are not excessive barkers, but will announce strangers around the house.

Least Barking Dogs - Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Least Barking Dogs – Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

However, they are no guard dogs, as they rather greet most people warmly and will get along well with other animals including cats.

#4 Irish Setter

Irish Setter is a good-sized dog, that is tall and elegant in appearance with fairly long legs and a long neck. Its ears hang and the muzzle is moderate.

It is a very active dog that needs at least one hour of exercise daily, thus this breed will not suit all families. A large, fence backyard would be perfect as a place to run.

Irish Setter is good in many other activities including obedience courses, rallies, tracking or agility competitions.

Setters are very social dogs and they like to be included in any activity that families do. Because they have a lovely temperament, often, they are used as therapy dogs, so you might see them in retirement houses or children’s hospitals where they spread humour and love.

If they are left to themselves, they may develop separation anxiety and become destructive with chewing, barking or digging.

Least Barking Dogs - Irish Setter
Least Barking Dogs – Irish Setter

They are no guard dogs, but they may alarm you with barking, but don’t count and more as setters are friendly.

#5 Rhodesian Ridgeback

Originated from South Africa, the name of this breed comes from a characteristic ridge that runs down his spine. It is actually hair that grows in the opposite direction to the rest of the coat. 

The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a strong, muscular and athletic dog. Normally coloured from light wheaten to red wheaten. It is a very clean breed with little odour and minimal shedding.

They possess many features that are associated with Hounds, but this breed is a bit tougher.

The Ridgeback has a quiet, gentle temperament and rarely barks, thus winning many admirers for his innate qualities. They are not barkers but will give you an alert if something unusual is happening.

Least Barking Dogs - Rhodesian Ridgeback
Least Barking Dogs – Rhodesian Ridgeback

Because of their size, intelligence and power, they are not recommended for first dog owners.

#6 Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever is an easy to please, playful, sociable, beautiful and loyal dog. This breed is one of the top ten most popular dogs in the United States, often serving as a disabled, search or rescue dog.

Least Barking Dogs - Golden Retriever
Least Barking Dogs – Golden Retriever

It has a heavy coat that sheds profusely, especially in spring or fall. Daily brushing is recommended to minimize the dog’s hair in the house, but having this dog you better get used to it.

It is a slow maturing dog, that behaves like a puppy even up to four years old in age, which can be pleasing or annoying.

They are family dogs that live indoors and like to be active in any family activity. 

By nature they are bird dogs, so they love a nice game of fetch and swim.

Physical and mental exercise is a must and 30 to 60 minutes of running every day and other canine activities would please the dog.

Golden Retrievers like to eat and if food is given uncontrollably they tend to become overweight.

Golden Retrievers are not barkers and they lack guard instincts. This makes them unable to be watchdogs. Some will let you know if an intruder is approaching.

#7 Whippet

Whippets are gentle, non-aggressive and pleasing dogs. They are often called the perfect all-purpose dog that like agility courses, lure coursing and flyball.

Least Barking Dogs - Whippet
Least Barking Dogs – Whippet

Whippets have very independent character, which can be challenging in obedience training, but they are intelligent so with enough patience they can successfully compete in obedience trials.

Interestingly, they don’t like to be cold and they hate hard surfaces. They are suitable for apartment living or house and they are definitely not outside dogs.  

Daily exercise is important with activities like romping, running and chasing a ball.

This breed is very social and if whippets don’t have enough contact with other people and dogs, they may become timid and stressed.

A well-socialised whippet is a polite, and undemanding dog that is friendly with strangers and other dogs alike.

Whippets are friendly to everybody and they rarely bark, making them not good watchdogs.

#8 Great Dane

Great Dane is one of the biggest dog breeds. They are considered gentle giants, moderately playful and good with kids. However, anyone wanting this dog must be willing to accommodate its size and feeding requirements.

The size of this breed could be a problem in small apartments are they tend to knock over a lot of things. On the other hand, they are not very energetic which is an advantage. However, the obedience course is recommended when they are young.

In general, Great Dane is a sweet affectionate companion that loves to play and is good with kids.

Great Danes are not particularly vocal but they are known for their killer power bark that can scare a burglar.

Least Barking Dogs - Great Dane
Least Barking Dogs – Great Dane

They like to be pleased and like great attention from humans. Often, they demand petting by nudging people with their big heads.

Interestingly, Great Danes don’t eat that much and they don’t require a big backyard to play.

#9 Saint Bernard

Saint Bernard is famous for acting in commercial ads on the screen saving people from the cold.  In fact, it is actually true, as this dog rescue travellers from the chilli winds and snows of the Alps.

Also, this breed is very well known from the Beethoven movie that everybody perhaps saw.

In appearance, it is a big, kind, gentle, intelligent, a good nature dog that needs a bit of space, thus they are not suitable for apartments. They are heavy shedders and shed or blow their coats twice a year.

Saint Bernards mature longer and they may have a puppy brain for several first years.

Due to their origins (Alps) they don’t tolerate heat very well and they usually live between 8 to 10 years.

Saint Bernards are not aggressive and don’t bark unless there is a cause. They have protective instincts and will defend your family.

Least Barking Dogs - Saint Bernard
Least Barking Dogs – Saint Bernard

#10 Greyhound

Greyhounds originated in Egypt, are sprint dogs. Due to their aerodynamic build, narrow head, long legs and muscular rear end, they are perfect racing competitors.

Considering, most people know Greyhounds from racing, they don’t actually have high energy levels and their favourite pastime is sleeping.

They are fine to suit any house or apartment, as they don’t urge for a lot of activities – a daily walk is enough. However, the backyard has to be securely enclosed to avoid the dog chasing animals.

Greyhounds have a very thin coat so if you live in a cold climate, buy a coat for your poor dog.

An important thing to remember is that Greyhounds have a very strong prey drive, so allowing them off-leash should be only done in a fenced enclosure.

Also, they like to be socialised with people and other dogs, otherwise, they may become timid and have problems adapting to the environment.

Least Barking Dogs - Greyhound
Least Barking Dogs – Greyhound

Considering, most people know Greyhounds from racing, they don’t actually have high energy levels and their favourite pastime is sleeping.

They are fine to suit any house or apartment, as they don’t urge for a lot of activities – a daily walk is enough. However, the backyard has to be securely enclosed to avoid the dog chasing animals.

Greyhounds have a very thin coat so if you live in a cold climate, buy a coat for your poor dog.

An important thing to remember is that Greyhounds have a very strong prey drive, so allowing them off-leash should be only done in a fenced enclosure.

Also, they like to be socialised with people and other dogs, otherwise, they may become timid and have problems adapting to the environment.

Greyhound is not aggressive to strangers and is loyal to his family, but don’t worry it will let you know by a short bark or subtle pricking if someone is approaching the house.

#11 Newfoundland

Newfoundland is a big, friendly and intelligent dog that can happily adjust to any house. It needs a reasonable yard to exercise and access to water. They are very similar to Labrador Retriever as they come from the northeastern shore of Canada.

When young, they need a lot of food for the first year until their metabolism slows down.

It is a watchful and trustworthy breed that is tolerant of the behaviour of children. They are protective and will defend your family.

Newfoundland will not bark but will show themselves if there is a nearby intruder.

Least Barking Dogs - Newfoundland
Least Barking Dogs – Newfoundland

In terms of training, Newfoundlands are great learners and there is little this dog cannot do. However, the training has to start early as commanding a 100 pounds dog off the couch can be difficult at an older age.

Newfoundlands are known for their heroism. There were many recorded cases of rescuing people from the cold waters of the Atlantic following a shipwreck.

Is it good to have a non-barking dog?

Choosing a dog is not an easy task and have to be done cautiously considering your living place, family and your daily schedule.

One of the many reasons people buy a dog is to protect their home and barking is one indication your dog is truly involved. However, some dog breeds don’t bark much or they are too friendly to strangers making them unable to be watchdogs or guard dogs.

Many dogs, however, will not bark, but they still protect your home by standing between you and the stranger. 

There are many dog breeds to consider when you buy a dog, and knowing about different dog breeds beforehand will make your and your dog’s life easier in the future.

Your choice should be based not only on the dog’s barking capabilities but mostly on all positives and negatives of each dog bread that can affect your life.

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