A Guide to Dogs That Don’t Bark a Lot

Small breeds of dogs often have a reputation of being yappy, while larger dogs may act as a guard dog and bark at anyone who comes to your home. Often if dogs are bored, they will bark a lot, but some breeds seem to be noisier than others. Having a noisy pooch can be annoying, especially if you’re trying to concentrate when working from home or are relaxing and watching a movie. You don’t want to have to keep telling your dog to ‘silence,’ ‘be quiet’ or ‘stop barking!’

Dogs that don't bark a lot

Often dogs can be trained to stop barking; there are techniques that canine behavior therapists use to quieten a noisy dog. Anti barking devices are also available to train a dog to stop barking. If you want to save yourself the hassle of trying to get your pet to stop barking, you may like to choose a breed of dog that doesn’t bark a lot.

This article will look at the breeds of dogs that don’t bark a lot. Obviously, there is always an exception to the rules, but if you want a quieter and more peaceful like, you may like to consider one of the following breeds. We’ll also tell you why some dogs bark more than others.


Retriever breeds

Retriever breeds are generally considered quiet dogs that don’t bark much. There are many different kinds of retrievers, including the Golden Retriever, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and Labrador Retriever. These dogs do bark occasionally but aren’t considered to be loud and don’t bark for no reason. Retrievers make excellent pets, not only because they don’t bark unnecessarily, but because they are smart, loyal, and affectionate. Labradors are a very popular dog and are considered to be one of the nation’s favorite pets.


Shiba Inu

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If you live in an apartment and are looking for a dog that will stay quiet and won’t annoy the neighbors, a Shiba Inu may be for you. These dogs are fun to be around and are gentle and loving. This small to medium breed was originally bred in Japan as a hunting dog. They don’t bark that often but do sometimes make a yowling noise, which could quite possibly annoy the neighbors.


Basset Hound

Basset hounds don’t bark like other dogs. However, they do make a deep drawn-out noise known as a ‘bay.’ Some basset hounds make this noise frequently, while others are generally calm and quiet dogs that make very little noise.  Here’s what it sounds like.



Clumber Spaniel

The clumber spaniel is an old hunting breed that was originally bred in England. They are calm, quiet dogs with a lovely temperament and a loving nature. These dogs make great family pets and don’t bark too often.



Borzoi are large Russian hunting dogs that are affectionate and have a gentle personality. They require regular exercise. Like the greyhound, they can run quite fast in short sprints and are fairly laid back the rest of the time. Borzoi aren’t generally prone to excessive barking.



Bred for their speed, greyhounds are generally a quiet dog that can run extremely fast. They were originally bred to hunt rabbits and hares as they can run these animals down. Later they were bred for racing, and nowadays, many greyhound rescue centers are springing up. If you’re looking for a laid back, quiet dog, you may like to consider adopting a greyhound.



Bulldogs are a popular breed that is quiet and can fit in with family life. There are two varieties of bulldog; the English or French variety. They are smart and loyal.



dogs that don't bark a lot

The basenji is a breed of dog that doesn’t bark; instead, they make an odd yodel noise. These dogs were originally bred as hunting dogs in Africa; they have looks that are similar to a dingo and make great companions. Basenji’s would suit an active family as they are relatively large and should be allowed enough time and space to play outside.


Japanese Chin

The Japanese Chin is a lovely small breed of dog. They are generally happy and active but don’t bark as much as other small breeds. Dogs such as Maltese, chihuahua, and miniature poodles are prone to yapping and can be very noisy.



Beagles are known to bark a lot when they are hunting.  But, around the house they are pretty quite companions.


Why do some dogs bark more than others?

Dogs don’t bark for no reason. How much a dog barks will depend on their breed and genetics, but also on their personality and life experiences. Just like people, some dogs do seem to be more ‘talkative’ than others.

Some dogs have been unknowingly conditioned to bark a lot either by their breeders or owners. Factors such as crowded breeding conditions or a lack of socialization can have an effect on how often your dog is likely to bark. Sometimes the owner’s own personality will also influence the dog. There are many things that can influence a dog’s personality and their tendency to bark. Dogs that are left at home alone too often or don’t get enough exercise may find other ways to entertain themselves and can start to bark excessively.

Dogs that are restless will bark more often than dogs that are happy, well-exercised, and feel content, safe, and secure.



While we understand that you don’t want a dog that’s constantly yapping, there are many things to consider when choosing a dog, not just how often it will bark. All breeds of dogs make a noise of some kind; while some breeds don’t bark much, they make a howl or a yelping or baying noise. Often these noises are louder than barking.

Shiba Inu’s don’t bark, but they do make a different kind of noise. They are generally a quiet breed that doesn’t make a sound that often. Beagles, Basset Hounds, and Basenji breeds don’t bark, but they often bay, yodel, or even howl loudly.