9 Dog Breeds that Bark the Least

Are you worried about being known as “THAT neighbor”? Choosing a new dog can be a tricky ordeal, especially if you’re worried about your puppy barking at anything and everything (postman especially).

We’re going to take a look at 9 dog breeds that keep the barking down to a minimum, perfect for apartment living, or if you simply don’t want World War III to kick off with your neighbors. 

Without further ado, here are 9 dogs that bark the least!

1. Pugs

You know the saying “The smallest dogs usually have the largest bark”? This couldn’t be further from the truth for our wrinkly faced doggo’s here, they are actually quite quiet, it’s their personality that is large.  

Pugs are a safe bet for a peaceful pup, they are usually content to sit down next to you and join in on your Netflix marathon, and they definitely won’t be barking at everything that walks past!

Fun fact! They became hugely popular with Chinese royalty as their wrinkles seemed to depict good luck symbols in their language! 



2. Basenji

Basenjis were one of the first dog breeds to be domesticated so they’re inherently well trained for peaceful living! Originally used by hunters in rural Africa, they’ve come a long way, and now make a great house pet! Not to mention they’re often called the “Barkless Dog” in Africa, so safe to say you won’t be dealing with late-night howlings at the moon, you can enjoy your peace and quiet whilst still getting the cuddle benefits too! 

It’s also worth mentioning that they aren’t completely barkless so to speak, they will sometimes let out a small yodel when they are excited (plus it’s super cute!) 



3. Akita

Perhaps one of the largest dogs on our list, they are also one of the quietest. Originally used by royalty in Eastern Asia, they are extremely loyal and compassionate dogs, likely to follow you from room to room to make sure you get there ok.

They rarely bark, and if they do it’s more of a grunt, so you won’t have to worry about the neighbors getting on your case, they’ll probably just want to pet this fluffer!

Fun Fact! They were initially used for hunting wild boar and black bear, I doubt they’ll do much of that now but they still retain their watchdog intuition, just without the barking.



4. Greyhounds

Often referred to as the “Ferraris” of the dog world, these hounds are rapid, even reaching speeds of 40 mph.

Unfortunately, they are often tossed out once they can’t race anymore, so if you are looking to get one make sure to visit a shelter. They have an extremely calm temperament and rarely bark too, making them the perfect indoor dog.

Although they are immensely fast, they are more than happy to lounge on the sofa for most of the day, as long as they’re getting their daily walks (in this case, sprints). 

Greyhound owners often say they have two-speed settings: Flat out sprint and couch potato. So if you’re worried that they’ll be speeding about everywhere, they won’t. They are world-class nappers! 



5. Newfoundland

There’s one word that best describes Newfoundlands, HUGE. Despite their size, they are one of the most loving, compassionate dog breeds (plus they make amazing cuddle partners).

Owners will often refer to them as a “round the clock babysitter” due to their gentle, playfulness, and protectiveness around children. Surprisingly, they don’t really bark unless they really need to and trust me, you’ll know when they bark! 

It’s worth mentioning that if you’re a neat freak it’s probably in your best interest to choose another dog. These big boys SHED, not a hair here and there, but really SHED. They’re also known to drape their muddy paws throughout the house if you don’t keep an eye on them. 



6. Saint Bernard

These big dogs have the most amazing history, originally used in the Swiss Alps to rescue buried and injured travelers. They still have the same compassion and strength but have now become extremely popular all around the world due to their caring nature. 

It’ll take you a while to get used to their slobbery cheeks drooling everywhere, and you’ll eventually see the funny side.  They can reach weights of 180lbs so it might not be the best option if you’re in a small apartment.

Despite their size, they rarely bark, the only times they do is if they feel like there's an incoming threat to their loved ones. Much like the Newfoundland, they aren’t the cleanest so be ready for hair, mud, and general clutter if you opt for a Saint Bernard. 

It’s worth mentioning that they are best suited to colder climates and find it extremely difficult in warmer locations. Furthermore, they don’t really need multiple daily walks, as long as they can get out and stretch their legs properly it’s fine. 


Saint Bernard

7. Great Dane

Truly a “gentle giant”, they have one of the most imposing statures in the dog world. However, they are extremely kind and gentle, sometimes even forgetting their size so they’ll climb up and try to cuddle with you. They were originally bred to hunt wild boar but they’ve come a long way since then and probably won’t be that effective if you were to set them loose on a wild boar. 

It’s probably not the best pick if you have a small living space, even for people in larger homes their tail can knock pretty much anything over (including small children) so take that into consideration when choosing your next dog. 

Like most other big dogs, they only bark when they absolutely have to, most of the time it’ll be a prolonged grunt. 

Fun Fact! Depictions of Great Dane type dogs were found on ancient Egyptian scriptures dating back to 3000 BC. 


Great Dane

8. Afghan Hound 

These dogs are all about elegance, class, and beauty! Perhaps one of the most recognizable dogs out there, they’re also one of the quietest ones. They feature a dramatic, silky smooth coat that you’ll find extremely hard to stop stroking. It’s worth mentioning that these coats require quite a bit of maintenance as you can imagine, as well as a good amount of exercise. 

Just be ready to turn heads the second you enter the dog park!


Afghan Hound

9. Shar Pei

Once bread as a guard dog for Chinese Royalty, these dogs still contain all the “guard dog” traits and only tend to bark when faced with a real threat of danger.

They’re potentially the cutest guard dogs out there, partially due to the wrinkly face, and partially due to their patient, loving temperament.

They need early training to ensure they don’t develop a stubborn streak but once you’re past that stage it’s daily smooth sailing, plus you get to play with their cheeks whenever you want!


Shar Pei