34 Dog Breeds That Don't Bark

If you're thinking of getting a dog, choosing the right breed for your lifestyle is important. Are you looking for a dog to accompany you on your daily run, or do you want a pet that's happy to curl up on the couch and nap? Do you have the time and patience to keep up grooming, or would you prefer a dog with a low-maintenance coat?

An important factor to consider, especially if you live in an apartment, is how loud a dog breed is. While certain dog breeds bark a lot, like some terriers for example, there are plenty of dog breeds that are known for being quiet.

All dogs will bark now and then, whether it's while playing or to alert their owner to a stranger, but some breeds are known for being more vocal than others.

When looking for a dog, consider adopting, as there are plenty of quiet dogs in shelters that need a home.

Akita

Akitas are loyal and affectionate dogs that don't typically bark. However, Akitas are known to be vocal, and often make amusing muttering and mumbling noises.

Akita
Akitas are loyal and affectionate dogs, Behrouz Mehr/Getty

Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dogs are smart and loyal pets that need a lot of mental and physical activity to keep them from getting bored. Crucially, they are not known for barking.

Australian Cattle Dogs
Australian Cattle Dogs are smart and loyal pets. Mark Kolbe/Getty

Basenji

If you're looking for a dog that doesn't bark, Basenjis are the one. Also known as African Barkless Dogs, Basenjis are also known for being highly intelligent and stubborn, yet endearing.

Basenji
Basenjis are also known as African Barkless Dogs. Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty

Borzoi

Borzois are quiet, affectionate, and stubborn dogs that don't tend to bark or howl.

Borzoi
Borzois are quiet and affectionate dogs. Afton Almaraz/Getty

Boston Terrier

Boston Terriers are friendly, affectionate, and amusing dogs, and though they're small, they're not known for being yappy.

Bostonn Terrier
Although Boston Terriers are small, they’re not known for being yappy. Claudio Lavenia/Getty

Boxer

Boxers are bright and playful dogs that can be protective of their owners, but don't generally bark.

Boxer
Boxers can be protective, but don't often bark. Oli Scarff/Getty

Bulldog

Bulldogs are a low-maintenance breed that are happy to nap on the couch. However, owners should make sure to walk them enough, as they are prone to gaining weight.

Bulldog
Bulldogs are low-maintenance dogs that don't bark much. Mitchell Layton/Getty

Bullmastiff

Bullmastiffs are known as "silent watchdogs," as though they're very protective dogs, they don't bark much.

Bull Mastiff
Bullmastiffs are known as “silent watchdogs." Charles McQuillan/Getty

Cane Corso

Cane Corsos are working dogs that need a job to do. As long as they are kept occupied, they are unlikely to bark.

Cane Corso
As long as they are kept occupied, Cane Corso dogs are unlikely to bark. Andrew Burton/Getty

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

These small spaniels tend to be quiet and friendly dogs, that like having company and don't bark a lot.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are quiet and friendly dogs. Matt Cardy/Getty

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are active, obedient dogs and need a lot of exercise. They are not known for barking, however.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Chesapeake Bay Retrievers are active and obedient dogs. Oli Scarff/Getty

Chinese Crested Dog

Chinese Crested dogs are small, sensitive dogs that can be needy. They may bark if they suffer from separation anxiety, but if they are kept company they tend to be quiet dogs.

Chinese Crested Dog
Chinese Crested dogs are small and sensitive dogs. Richard Stabler/Getty

Chinese Shar-Pei

This is a loyal and calm breed. A well-trained Chinese Shar-Pei rarely barks.

Chinese Shar Pei
Chinese Shar-Peis are a loyal and calm breed. Barbara Alper/Getty

Chinook

Chinooks are gentle dogs that love people, and although they may mark to greet visitors, they are otherwise fairly quiet.

Chinook
Chinooks are gentle dogs and fairly quiet. Ben Hider/Getty

Coton de Tulear

These dogs are smart, sweet, and playful, and—other than a short bark if the doorbell rings—they are generally quiet dogs.

Coton de Tulear
Coton de Tulear dogs don't bark much. Timothy A. Clary/Getty

French Bulldog

French Bulldogs are well-suited for living in an apartment. They may bark if a stranger approaches, but they are a typically quiet breed.

French Bulldog
French Bulldogs are generally a quiet breed. Matt Cardy/Getty

Glen of Imaal Terrier

One of four Irish terrier breeds, Glen of Imaal Terriers are independent yet affectionate dogs. Though they may bark to alert someone approaching the house, they are otherwise quiet.

Glen of Imaal Terrier
Glen of Imaal Terriers are affectionate dogs. Matthew Eisman/Getty

Greyhound

Greyhounds are generally laid-back and calm, and other than barking when playing, they are a quiet breed.

Greyhound
Greyhounds are generally calm dogs. Eric Lafforgue/Art in All of Us/Corbis/Getty

Irish Setter

Although Irish Setters get lonely and may bark if they're unhappy, as long as they're kept company, they are fairly quiet.

Irish Setters
Irish Setters are generally quiet if they have company. Oli Scarff/Getty

Irish Wolfhound

These are gentle dogs that don't tend to bark and are not very vocal. However, Irish Wolfhounds need a lot of room and are not suited to living in an apartment.

Irish Wolfhound
Irish Wolfhounds don't tend to bark and not very vocal. Drew Angerer/Getty

Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhounds are gentle but needy dogs that are not known for barking a lot.

Italian Greyhound
Italian Greyhounds are not known for barking. Drew Angerer/Getty

Japanese Chin

Japanese Chins are small, playful dogs, and a great breed for those who live in apartments, partly because they do not tend to bark.

Japanese Chin
Japanese Chins are small and playful dogs. Matt Cardy/Getty

Leonberger

Leonbergers are intelligent, active, and need a lot of room. Other than barking to alert their owners of an intruder, they are a quiet breed.

Leonberger
Leonbergers are intelligent and active dogs. Shirlaine Forrest/Getty

Neapolitan Mastiff

Generally, gentle dogs that will often defend their owners, but are not an aggressive breed and generally do not bark.

Neapolitan Mastiff
Neapolitan Mastiffs are gentle dogs. Mark Kolbe/Getty

Papillon

Papillons are friendly and active dogs that love being with their owners and rarely bark.

Papillon
Papillons are friendly and active dogs. Christopher Furlong/Getty

Pug

Pugs are quiet dogs that like to sleep a lot, and they generally do not bark.

Pug
Pugs tend to be quiet dogs. Sarah Morris/Getty

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are not known for barking a lot, and although young dogs may be playful, the breed is generally quite calm and quiet.

Rhodesian Ridgeback
Rhodesian Ridgeback are not known for barking. Matt Cardy/Getty

Saint Bernards

Famously gentle dogs that tend to be quite friendly. They're also well-known for being quiet and calm indoors.

Saint Bernard
Saint Bernards are gentle dogs. Fabrice Coffrini/Getty

Saluki

Salukis are another breed known for being gentle and calm. They can also be a little reserved yet affectionate, and do not tend to bark a lot.

Saluki
Salukis are known for being gentle and calm. Karim Sahib/Getty

Scottish Deerhound

Scottish Deerhounds are calm and good-natured dogs that do not bark much.

Scottish Deerhound
Scottish Deerhounds are calm and good-natured dogs. Spencer Platt/Getty

Shiba Inu

Shiba Inus are intelligent, calm, and stubborn dogs, and while they can be quite vocal, they do not bark a lot.

Shiba Inu
Shiba Inus are intelligent and calm dogs. Roy Rochlin/Getty

Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier

These terriers may bark to alert their owners to a visitor, but unlike other terrier breeds, the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is not particularly yappy.

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers are not very yappy. Matthew Eisman/Getty

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are strong and outgoing dogs, and while they may bark when a stranger approaches the home, they are not otherwise known for barking a lot.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are strong and outgoing dogs. Dan Kitwood/Getty

Whippet

Whippets are not known for being vocal or for barking a lot, but they are watchdogs so will let their owner know someone is outside. They are generally playful and affectionate dogs.

Whippet
Whippets are not known for being vocal or for barking a lot Carl Court/Getty