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Five Dog Breeds That Don't Bark, Much

Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

The Shiba Inu does not bark much.

The Shiba Inu does not bark much.

Dog Breeds That Don't Bark Very Much

This is a group of dogs who don’t bark much. This list does not promise to provide a guaranteed solution to all of your problems as it is much easier to get a breed that will bark, and then train the dog to fit your needs. Well, almost always easier. There are a few breeds that will bark a lot no matter what you do!

5 Dogs That Bark Very Little

  1. Shiba Inu
  2. Borzoi
  3. Greyhound
  4. New Guinea Singing Dog
  5. Basenji
A Shiba Inu puppy.

A Shiba Inu puppy.

1. Shiba Inu

This breed is not going to be quiet, just because she does not bark much. The Siberian Husky and the Beagle also make the list of breeds that do not bark much, but both breeds of dog are vocal. If you watch the video, you will see a well-trained Shiba Inu puppy vocalizing.

They are great dogs though, and they are small enough for an apartment and easy to housebreak. If you want to train them for other things, though, it will take some experience and patience. If you want a clean and playful dog that won't bark much, this is the dog you should choose.

An adult Borzoi by the lake.

An adult Borzoi by the lake.

2. Borzoi

This dog has the supermodel look down almost as much as a Saluki. Actually, the Borzoi is more of a long-haired Greyhound, and like those dogs, they have been selected to chase down game animals. They have never been selected for their abilities as a watchdog and will usually ignore visitors and sometimes even their owner.

Plenty of Borzoi owners will dispute this, of course, and all dogs are individuals. Not all of them will fit the breed stereotype.

Some dog fanciers think the Borzoi is not intelligent since he usually does not listen to commands. It may just be that this dog chooses not to obey. The dog is tall, comes in many colors, and, as long as you have a large area, you can release him every once in a while (like an enclosed dog park), and he does fine living in a small home.

If you need a dog who doesn’t bark much (and you don't mind a tall dog who sheds everywhere), this is a pretty good choice.

Typical Greyhound response to intruders.

Typical Greyhound response to intruders.

3. Greyhound

This dog is more likely to take over your couch than bark. Greyhounds are skinny but who knows how they stay that way, since most of the time they just eat, sleep, read about dog racing on the internet, and work on their blogs. Like the Borzoi, they might want to go after your cat or any other small animal in the house, but with a little training, the coursing habit can usually be worked out of them.

Although this dog may not be good with young children or overactive iron men, this is a great breed if you are looking for a companion who will keep your lounge chair warm when you are out of the room and doesn’t bark much.

Like all sighthounds, he should be exercised in an enclosed space, like a dog park.

More on Greyhounds

  • Five Great Dog Breeds for an Apartment
    Are you thinking about getting a dog but need a breed that will fit into your apartment? These five breeds are all great and can do well in a small area.
A young New Guinea singing dog.

A young New Guinea singing dog.

4. New Guinea Singing Dog

This is a non-barking dog, but since they are so rare it is not an animal you are likely to find for your apartment. The breed is wild and really only available at a few zoos; in fact, the video I've added here is shot at a zoo. The dog is not howling, definitely not barking—it really is kind of singing. Even in New Guinea, there aren't many around anymore, though, since they have been crossed with domestic feral dogs.

Even if you could buy one of these dogs you probably would not want to. They are difficult to socialize, have a high prey instinct so would probably kill other little pets around your house, are aggressive with other dogs, and would probably not be affectionate, even if you could handle the other issues.

I think I'd rather have a dog that barks.

Basenji meets Basenji.

Basenji meets Basenji.

5. Basenji

This dog is the champion of this category. He might bark if he could, but nature did not make him that way, so all he can do is make a “yodel” sound. (As well as a screech, a howl, and a bunch of other odd noises.) Some Basenji owners claim that their dogs can bark, but they usually choose not to. If that is true, it makes me like these dogs even more. It would take a special dog to resist a bark.

The dog is known to be playful, but he also likes to sit around. So not only are they barkless, but they are also slacker dogs that do great in apartments. They are kind of small, about 25 pounds, but since they are fairly wild they need a lot of exercise, as much as you would consider normal for a big dog.

Just about any dog will bark. This is just a list of dogs that bark less. If your dog is barking a lot, you need to look at several options before choosing one of these breeds. Read my article on barking and discuss this problem with a good dog trainer.

If you do not have a dog at the moment and are interested in finding one of these breeds, your first step should be to check the internet and find the local breed rescue in your area. You should also contact your local animal shelter and find out if they have the dog you might be searching for, and check to find dogs available in your area.

Do not go to a pet shop to find a dog that does not bark much. Pet shops usually sell dogs from puppy mills, and although your new dog may not have barking problems, he may have many other problems that will complicate your life.

More on Barking Issues

  • How to Train A Dog when to Bark and Stop
    This article will give you instructions on how to teach your dog to bark on command. You can use this command when playing games or when training your dog for personal protection. Learn more here.

© 2012 Mark dos Anjos DVM


GOKistler on October 26, 2017:

I agree with the other poster about Beagles. I had a friend that had one and OMG the dog would not stop barking! It drove everyone nuts so the only remedy was a bark collar.

Lily14 on January 06, 2017:

so cute I have a yorkie. Barks

Audrey Selig from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on December 07, 2014:

Dr Mark I like your dog articles, and you are a vet. We used to have Golden Retrievers, and our last one lived for fourteen years, the longest of all. I have a picture of her on a hub, and maybe you could see her. The non barking or least barking dogs was very special. I will comment on another article tomorrow. Sharing, Blessings, Audrey

Laura on October 21, 2014:

I have a shiba inu and she is not a quite dog,she barks if someone or something is on the property and she talks, a lot and loudly when she wants something.

Ed Palumbo from Tualatin, OR on February 21, 2014:

Both my dogs (a dachshund and a rat terrier mix) are normally quiet, but they have their moments. A friend's basenji is remarkably bright and well-behaved. I'm pleased to see that breed recommended with others.

Michelle Dee from Charlotte, NC on December 14, 2013:

DrMark you got me again with that cutie face puppy photo at the beginning, and Yuki is adorable! Voted up and across!

Mark dos Anjos DVM (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on October 17, 2013:

Guess what, me? Dogs are individuals. Some dogs, even from a breed that does not bark much, will bark. Beagles do not bark much but they are vocal and like to howl--they are not quiet.

me on October 05, 2013:

I grew up with a Beagle & it was the loudest dog I've ever witnessed and I've been around many dogs throughout my life. He'd bark all the time for all different reasons, so saying that a Beagle is a quiet breed inaccurate.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on September 07, 2013:

Thanks, I'll look it up.

Mark dos Anjos DVM (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on September 07, 2013:

DzyMsLizzy, there is an ultrasonic device to reduce barking. You can buy one that looks like a birdhous and put it up by your neighbors house. It does not work for all dogs, but may help. You can see it at my hub on "How to train your dog not to bark". Some breeds bark a lot though, but this may help!

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on September 05, 2013:

I wish my across-the-street neighbors had one of these, instead of the FIVE little YAPPERS they do have! It is so aggravating, they get left out in the front fenced area most of the day all weekend, and yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap, yap in unison if a flea so much as walks down the street.

It is not harmonious, and we've asked politely to have her please bring them inside when it gets really bad...since hubby isn't well, he doesn't need that. There's no way to train someone else's dogs.....

But I did enjoy the article, and laughed at the Shibu Ina..which breed I've never heard of before.

Pamela Dapples from Arizona. on September 05, 2013:

I enjoyed this. I hadn't heard of three of the breeds you have talked about here.

I don't really mind a barking dog -- especially if the dog is with me and if the house needs guarding. Voting up, interesting and sharing.

Mark dos Anjos DVM (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on March 25, 2013:

Hi Sue they are lovely, but I do not know if I could put up with the screams and whines. I guess I prefer barking!

Susan Bailey from South Yorkshire, UK on March 25, 2013:

I just love the red Shiba Inu's. If I was to have a dog it would be one of these. They often 'scream' if they are threatened which is a bit of a weird noise. Thanks for a lovely informative hub.

mya on March 14, 2013:

i so sad i need a dog no one play with me. can you help me

mya on March 14, 2013:

i need a dog

Mark dos Anjos DVM (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on September 12, 2012:

Thanks for the comment. It is a cute little puppy, isn't it? I really appreciate your visit.

iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on September 12, 2012:

The shiba inu is adorable! It just kind of yelps. :)

Mark dos Anjos DVM (author) from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil on August 05, 2012:

Thanks for the comments. That waterdog sounds like the ultimate solution in bark control!

DoItForHer on August 04, 2012:

The shiba inu video had a surprising amount of good stuff in it. For a supposedly hard to train dog, it performed amazingly well. A great example of the power of training.

Really enjoyed the noises. Makes me laugh.

wetnosedogs from Alabama on August 03, 2012:

Amazing dogs that have their own vocal thing going.

Jenny is the barker in this family. She has to have the last word.

Interesting hub.

Pamela-anne from Miller Lake on August 03, 2012:

Thanks for the useful tips on the dogs that bark less thank goodness my waterdog (who is a Red Devil Cichlid Mr.Fish) does not bark thanks for sharing. take care.

healthylife2 on August 03, 2012:

I really enjoyed this and am sure barking really bothers some owners. Although my dog barks especially when someone is at the door at least he doesn't shed.

Ari Lamstein on August 03, 2012:

I LOL'd.