10 dog breeds that bark the least (And one who doesn’t at all)

barking dog cartoonThis post will talk about 10 dog breeds that bark the least (and one who doesn’t bark at all).

I like a dog who barks. I don’t mean all the time. But, sometimes it’s nice to know that my dog will bark if an unidentified stranger approaches my home because it instills a feeling of safety.

And, for those of you who are old enough to remember, many lives were saved when the highly intelligent Rough Collie named “Lassie” barked (From the Television Show “Lassie”). It was her way of telling someone there was trouble or that a person’s life was in danger.

However, some dogs bark a little too much as I’m sure you’ve heard and few of us like it when they do at inappropriate times.

So, if you’re one of those people that like a dog who doesn’t bark much, read on.

Are there any dog breeds that don’t bark?

Smiling BasenjiYes! And that dog is the Basenji. This is because they are literally unable due to an unusually shaped larynx. However, that’s not to say that they don’t make sounds. As a matter of fact, this dog produces a yodel-like sound called a “baroo.”

This breed originated in Africa and has lived with humans for thousands of years. They are alert, energetic, curious and reserved with strangers. They tend to emotionally attach themselves to a single human and may not get along with non-canine pets.

Basenjis are small with short hair, erect ears, tightly curled tails and graceful necks. Furthermore, they are athletic and deceptively powerful for their size. They also have a confident gait like that of a trotting horse. They come in several colorations that include red, black, tricolor and brindle and they all have white feet, chests and tail tips.

10 dog breeds that bark the least


Originating from the mountainous regions of northern Japan, Akitas are heavy-boned dogs with an imposing stature. They stand 24 to 28 inches at the shoulder and weigh from 70 to 130 pounds. They feature a dense coat that comes in several colors. Akitas also have a broad, massive head and a full, curled-over tail. Their ears are erect and they possess dark, shining eyes that are the hallmark of the breed.

Akitas are quiet dogs who thrive on human companionship. However, they are wary of strangers and intolerant of other animals. But, they do have a silly and affectionate side they will share with family and friends. They are also hard-wired to protect those they love.

English BulldogEnglish Bull Dog

The English Bulldog likely originated in the British Isles prior to the 13th century. This breed is unmistakable because of their loose skin, furrowed brow, pushed-in nose, small ears and jaw with hanging chops on either side. The English Bulldog is a low-slung, heavily-muscled bruiser of a dog. People consider them friendly, calm and courageous. They stand 14 to 15 inches on short, muscular legs and weigh up to 50 pounds.

This breed has a sweet, gentle disposition and is dependable and predictable. They are a wonderful family pet and are generally loving to children. Although they generally get along with family pets, they can be aggressive toward animals they don’t know.

Although they aren’t a frequent barker, they do make sounds in the form of wheezes and snores. Unfortunately, English Bulldogs don’t have a long life-span with a range of 8 to 10 years.

French BulldogFrench Bulldog

“Frenchies” are the result of cross-breeding bulldogs and local ratters in Paris. This is a popular dog to say the least. As a matter of fact, in 2015 they were the 4th most popular registered dog breed in the UK, and the 6th most popular in the US. In 2017, Australia rated them their 3rd most popular dog breed.

They look like a Bulldog in miniature except for their large “bat ears” which are this breed’s trademark feature. Their head is large and square with heavy wrinkles and a very short nose. The body is compact and muscular.

French Bulldogs are bright, affectionate and don’t bark much. However, because of their alertness, they are excellent watchdogs.

Other characteristics of this breed include kid-friendliness, getting along with other dogs and easy grooming.

Drawing of 2 GreyhoundsGreyhound

A Greyhound weighs from 50 to 80 pounds, stands 27 to 30 inches, possesses long, powerful legs, deep chest and a long lean body. They are perfectly created for high-speed pursuit which really has been the bane of this dog for many years. The Greyhound racing industry has been rife with abuse of these lovely animals but there have been efforts to phase it out.

The Greyhound is one of my favorite breeds because I love their beauty and their incredibly mellow personality. Despite their reputation as a lightning fast runner (they can reach 45 mph in 6 strides) they are the ultimate couch potato and are most content sitting around the house all day. People consider them affectionate, gentle and quiet.


This is one big doggie! The Newfoundland can weigh as much as 150 pounds and stands 26 – 28 Drawing of Newfoundlandinches, making them one of the world’s largest dogs! I can imagine the food bill for one of these lovable guys! And lovable they are. In fact, people consider their sweet temperament their single most important characteristic and dub them “the gentle giant.” This breed has even earned the distinction as a patient and watchful “nanny dog” for kids.

Newfoundlands were originally bred and used as a working dog for fisherman in the Dominion of Newfoundland which is now the eastern-most province in Canada (Newfoundland/Labrador). These dogs excel at water rescue/lifesaving because of their muscular build, thick double coat, webbed feet and swimming abilities.

Unfortunately, the common lifespan of a Newfoundland is 8 to 10 years although they can live as long as 15 years.

Running white Poodle with fancy HaircutPoodle

A very popular dog breed who ranks 7 out of 194 on the AKC Breed Popularity scale. Poodles come in several sizes: Toy, Miniature, Medium and Standard and stand from 9.4 to 24 inches. Weights are from 10 to 70 pounds. They come in 3 colors: Black, white and apricot. The goofy hair dos that we associate with this breed belie their great intelligence. In fact, they are considered the most intelligent of all breeds just behind the Border Collie.

Despite any stereotype we might have formed about this remarkable breed, they are athletic, versatile and very trainable.

Unlike most dogs, Poodles have a single layer coat with no undercoat and this is composed of dense curly fur that doesn’t shed much.

There is some dispute about the origin of poodles. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale, the international organization to which both France’s and Germany’s main kennel clubs are members, claims the breed descended from the French Barbet. However, The British, Canadian and American Kennel Clubs have sated that “Despite the Poodle’s association with France, the breed originated as a duck hunter in Germany.” Let’s just hope this doesn’t start some kind of war!


Head shot of fawn pug

How could anyone resist this face?

Pugs were brought to Europe from China in the 16th century. The House of Orange in the Netherlands and the House of Stuart in the UK popularized them in Western Europe. In the 19th century, Queen Victoria developed a fondness for this breed and passed this on to other members of the royal family.

Pugs are unmistakable with their large, round head, wrinkly, short-muzzled face and big sparkling eyes. People say that these attributes give Pugs a range of human-like expressions. And, at the end of their small muscular bodies you will find that characteristic curled tail. Their life-expectancy is 13 to 15 years.

Their smooth, glossy coats are fawn, apricot fawn, silver fawn or black. They weigh between 14 and 18 pounds and stand 10 to 13 inches.

Pug owners say their breed is the ideal house dog. Be careful because they love their food. Thus, you must take care to keep them trim. Owners also state that they are strong-willed but rarely aggressive. Most members of the breed are fond of children as well. Pugs are playful and thrive on human companionship and affection

Rhodesian RidgebackRunning Rhodesian Ridgeback

This breed belongs to the group known as “Hounds.” Their hallmark characteristic is the ridge or stripe of backward growing hair on the back. They can weigh 85 pounds or more. Wheaten is their only color although this spans every shade found in a wheat field from pale flaxen to burnished red. They also have two nose colors – black and and the less common brown.

They were made famous in the Southern Africa region for their skill at tracking lions. Their ancestors are traced to semi-domesticated ridged dogs of the Khoikhoi who were crossed with European dogs by early colonists. They are fast and powerful athletes with a strong will.

Ridgebacks can be independent and even domineering. And, they need firm guidance starting with puppy hood. But, they are faithful friends who are protective of their loved ones and are exceedingly affectionate.

Shar Pei

Shar Pei

Another irresistible face!

You can see this distinctive-looking dog coming from a mile away. He sports a broad “hippopotamus” muzzle, a blue-black tongue, sunken eyes with a scowling expression. But, more noticeable are those abundant folds of loose skin about the head, neck and shoulder. Shar Peis also have a harsh, sandpaper coat (the literal translation of Shar-Pei is “sand skin”).

Shar Peis originated in Canton, China and were originally bred as palace guards.

These are strong, regal, independent dogs known for their intelligence, loyalty and serenity. They don’t like to be alone and prefer to be close to their humans. They will meet a threat with vigor and are suspicious of strangers and other dogs because of their breeding as a guard dog. All Shar Pei puppies need early socialization with children, strangers and other animals because of their territorial tendencies. They are receptive to training but do not respond well to negative, cruel treatment. This usually silent breed will bark only when they’re playing or if worried.


Whippets look like Greyhounds only smaller. This sight hound has a deep chest, trim waist, lean head and a long arched neck supports this. All this combined with slim, sturdy legs gives this breed the look of an agile athlete. But, like the Greyhound, these characteristics belie their tendency to relax for hours at time.

Unfortunately, the industry still uses them as racing dogs and they have the highest running speed; even challenging Greyhounds for top velocity. Thus, they are the fastest accelerating dog in the world.

Whippets are quiet, aren’t prone to barking and are generally gentle. The AKC says they are excellent house dogs and make loving companions.

Of particular note: They are touch sensitive which means they jump or overreact when touched unexpectedly.


If you are looking for a new canine companion, it might be hard to choose from this list of quiet dog breeds. After all, they have such wonderful traits in addition to minimal barking.

By the way, when looking for a breed dog, buying from a breeder should be your last resort. There are too many abandoned dogs of many breeds who need homes. There are also breed- specific rescue organizations so be sure to check them out. Furthermore, in my opinion, mutts make the best pets.

If you’re looking for a quieter breed, consider one of these 10 dog breeds that bark the least.

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