So there is a caveat here.
All dogs will bark from time to time, and even a breed known for being quieter may bark more than expected.
“There is no guarantee that a certain breed will not have nuisance barking concerns,” says US-based dog behavior consultant Megan Stanley, owner of Dogma Training and Pet Services, Inc.
“Barking is best prevented through positive training, adequate physical and mental exercise, and ensuring the dog’s overall well-being.”
That said, the following quiet dog breeds tend to bark less than others.
The basenji is known as the “barkless dog,” probably due to the unusual shape of their larynx that may make it virtually impossible to bark.
But they communicate in other ways—namely, by yodeling.
“These sounds are affectionately referred to as the ‘basenji yodel,’” says Stanley.
Don’t worry; they probably won’t be yodeling non-stop from the heights of your sofa.
But Stanley says this quiet dog breed is smart and energetic and will need positive training and adequate exercise to be a happy companion.
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2. Great Dane
We’re not gonna lie, this gentle giant is huge (males weigh up to 200 pounds), and when it does bark, it’s loud and deep, but that doesn’t happen very often.
“They tend to have a calm nature, which means they don’t bark often,” says Stanley.
“Great Danes are bred to be people-pleasers, so they are great family dogs that are easy to train.”
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It’s hard to fathom this large breed sitting on your lap, but Stanley says this quiet dog breed is known for its inclination to be a lapdog—that is, if there isn’t a body of water nearby.
They are top-notch swimmers and well suited in rescue efforts. Because of their quiet nature, they don’t bark much, a welcome trait if you already have a house with noisy kids.
“They tend to do well with children so have earned the name, ‘nanny dog,” says Stanley.
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