Vet reveals eight quietest dog breeds that rarely bark loudly

When choosing a dog to suit your lifestyle, it’s important that you take into account their genetic traits, typical characteristics and physical needs. This includes making the decision between a boisterous and energetic breed or a calmer and quieter one.

Registered veterinary technician Jenna Stregowski at The Spruce Pets has revealed the quietest dog breeds that make great companions – especially if your neighbours are sensitive to noise. As Jenna explains : “Breeds that bark less tend to be more confident; they have a routine to their lives and feel comfortable with their people, environment, and exercise level.”

Here are the top eight dog breeds with a lower tendency to bark loudly:

Afghan hound
“Afghan hounds are generally quiet and independent, though they can be playful and affectionate around their favourite humans,” Jenna says.

“They are intensely loyal to their families. Their silky coat requires ample grooming, and some Afghans can have a stubborn streak.

“They’re also pretty energetic dogs, so they’re not suitable for every home.”

“Akitas can make excellent guard dogs and will typically only bark to alert you of danger,” Jenna says.

“They are intensely loyal and often form strong bonds with only a few people.

“Otherwise, they tend to be aloof around strangers. Consistent training is a must, as many Akitas have a stubborn streak.”

Chow chow
“The chow chow is a stoic, independent dog breed known for its bear-like appearance and bluish-black tongue,” Jenna added.

“Chows are generally not barkers unless they sense danger. Even then, they’re not especially vocal.

“They sometimes have a reputation for being aggressive, but this is mainly because they want to protect themselves and their families.”

Jenna explains: “The basenji doesn’t bark. Instead, the breed makes a yodelling sound when vocalising.

“These dogs are not especially noisy, but they are also not silent.

“When excited, expect the occasional yodel, squeal, or whine out of these energetic dogs.”

“Intelligent and athletic, collies are typically quiet until they have something important to say,” Jenna says.

“This gentle breed can make an excellent companion for many types of homes.

“Coat care is essential with brushing a few times per week. Exercise needs also are reasonably high, but training is generally straightforward.”

“The Newfoundland is an affectionate dog that’s intensely loyal to its humans,” Jenna explains.

“Barking is not typical unless your Newfie needs to warn you about something.

“It takes the right home to accommodate these gentle giants. They need plenty of exercise but not as much grooming as you might think. Most are responsive to training.”

“The greyhound is one of the few hound breeds that can be considered quiet,” Jenna says.

“Although they need a moderate amount of exercise, most greyhounds are easy-going couch potatoes.

“But some develop very close bonds with their families and will vocalise their displeasure when left alone. Behavioural training can help to correct this.”

Saint Bernard
Jenna adds: “Saint Bernards are generally quiet unless they feel they must warn you of danger.

“In general, they are highly loyal and affectionate dogs that are eager to please.

“Take the time to train this breed, as they can be easily distracted and must be controllable at such a large size.”