Quietest Dog Breeds vs Loud Dog Breeds: Our List of Least to Most Barking Dogs

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Was Your Dog Born to Bark?

Ever notice how your neighbor’s dog is quiet, while yours barks like a fool at the slightest movement or sound in the neighborhood? While your dog’s reaction to his environment drives you crazy, there might be a sound reason for his demeanor such as age, training, history, and other triggers. Those factors aside, breed is another factor. To help you understand why your dog barks at everything, here’s a look at the quietest dog breeds vs loud dog breeds, according to the American Kennel Club (AKC).

Dog Breeds That Bark The Most

If your dog belongs to one of the following breeds, he is considered a frequent barker by the AKC. While his lineage is partly responsible for him barking often, maybe even excessively, other drivers such as these 7 Reasons Dogs Bark could be behind the behavior.

  • American English coonhound
  • Beagle
  • Black and tan coonhound
  • Bluetick coonhound
  • Finnish lapphund
  • Finnish spitz
  • Gordon setter
  • Grand basset Griffon Vendéen
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Harrier
  • Icelandic sheepdog
  • Mudi
  • Norwegian buhund
  • Plott hound
  • Pyrenean shepherd
  • Redbone coonhound
  • Russkaya tsvetnaya Bolonka
  • Schipperke
  • Shetland sheepdog
  • Stabyhoun
  • Tibetan mastiff
  • Treeing walker coonhound

Baying Dog Breeds

Although most people can recognize the sound of a dog or wolf howling, chances are they wouldn’t know the baying sound. Both are similar in that they are a dog’s way of communicating. However, howling is a long, mournful sound or cry associated with wild canines such as wolves. Baying, on the other hand, is exclusive to hounds and consists of shorter enthusiastic bursts of sound that increase as the dog closes in on an animal it’s hunting, drawing the attention of hunters and fellow dogs as they are near the hunted creature.

  • Afghan hound
  • American English Coonhound
  • American foxhound
  • Azawakh
  • Basenji
  • Basset hound
  • Beagle
  • Black and tan coonhound
  • Bloodhound
  • Bluetick coonhound
  • Borzoi
  • Cirneco dell’Etna
  • Dachshund
  • English foxhound
  • Grand basset griffon Vendéen
  • Greyhound
  • Harrier
  • Ibizan hound
  • Irish wolfhound
  • Norwegian elkhound
  • Otterhound
  • Petit basset griffon Vendéen
  • Pharaoh hound
  • Plott hound
  • Portuguese podengo Pequeno
  • Redbone coonhound
  • Rhodesian ridgeback
  • Saluki
  • Scottish deerhound
  • Arabian greyhound
  • Treeing walker coonhound
  • Whippet

Low-Barking or Quietest Dog Breeds

Just as there are plenty of “frequent barkers,” there are breeds that tend to bark only on occasion and usually for reasons such as warding off intruders or threatening fellow canines. These are AKC’s list of purebreds that tend to bark less than average:

  • Akita
  • American bulldogs
  • Australian cattle dog
  • Basenji
  • Bavarian mountain scenthound
  • Bergamasco sheepdog
  • Berger picard
  • Boerboel
  • Bohemian shepherd
  • Borzoi
  • Boston terrier
  • Bracco Italiano
  • Briard
  • Broholmer
  • Bullmastiff
  • Catahoula leopard dog
  • Chow chow
  • Cirneco dell’Etna
  • Clumber spaniel
  • Coton de tulear
  • Deutscher wachtelhund
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Dutch shepherd
  • English toy spaniel
  • Eurasier
  • French bulldog
  • German pinscher
  • Glen of imaal terrier
  • Golden retriever
  • Hovawart
  • Irish water spaniel
  • Irish wolfhound
  • Italian greyhound
  • Jagdterrier
  • Japanese chin
  • Jindo
  • Kai ken
  • Karelian bear dog
  • Lagotto romagnolo
  • Mastiff
  • Miniature American shepherd
  • Neapolitan mastiff
  • Nederlandse kooikerhondje
  • Newfoundland
  • Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever
  • Pekingese
  • Perro de presa canario
  • Porcelaine
  • Pug
  • Pyrenean mastiff
  • Rafeiro do alentejo
  • Rhodesian ridgeback
  • Romanian mioritic shepherd dog
  • Rottweiler
  • Saint bernard
  • Scottish deerhound
  • Sloughi
  • Slovensky cuvac
  • Small munsterlander
  • Spanish mastiff
  • Tibetan spaniel
  • Wetterhoun
  • Whippet
  • Working kelpie

Quiet Dog Breeds for Apartments

Many apartment complexes have restrictions on certain dog breeds. Outside of large or aggressive dogs, the most common to make the “not welcome” list are noisy canines. Any dog from this group would make an ideal apartment living companion, as they are among the quietest of all breeds.

  • Affenpinscher
  • Barbet
  • Basenji
  • Basset fauve de bretagne
  • Basset hound
  • Bedlington terrier
  • Bichon frise
  • Biewer terrier
  • Bolognese
  • Border terrier
  • Boston terrier
  • Brussels griffon
  • Bulldog
  • Cairn terrier
  • Cardigan Welsh corgi
  • Cavalier King Charles spaniel
  • Cesky terrier
  • Chihuahua
  • Chinese crested
  • Cocker spaniel
  • French bulldog
  • German spitz
  • Greyhound
  • Havanese
  • Japanese chin
  • Japanese spitz
  • Keeshond
  • Löwchen
  • Maltese
  • Petit basset griffon vendéen
  • Pug
  • Russian toy
  • Russkaya tsvetnaya bolonka
  • Shih tzu
  • Teddy Roosevelt terrier
  • Toy fox terrier
  • Whippet
  • Yorkshire terrier

Dog Breeds That Don’t Bark (is there such a thing?)

While the internet may have you believe there are “barkless” dog breeds, it’s not true. All dogs are vocal, whether it’s barking, howling, or baying (even whining). Some breeds, however, are considered quiet dogs because they bark infrequently or only when it’s necessary. If your dog is one of the noisy breeds, all hope isn’t lost because dogs can be trained to stop barking, if you use the right tools and training methods.

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