Top Dog Breeds That Do Not Bark Much
Prospective dog owners who live in the city may be searching for dog breeds that do not bark too much. If your goal is to have a dog but you still want to be able to maintain peaceful relationships with your neighbors, or if you simply wished there was a dog breed that does not require a special ''mute button,'' the good news is that, indeed, there are some dog breeds that are less inclined to bark.
In theory, any dog can be taught to bark less, however, chances of success are higher if one looks for dog breeds that do not bark much in the first place. These are dog breeds whose owners at times may question if their dog has ever had a voice.
Top Quiet Dog Breeds
The Basenji has a reputation of not being a barker, however they are not totally mute. Rather, they tend to produce noises similar to those produced by a coyote or a wolf. Basenji's are capable of screaming, howling, growling, and yodeling, however, they are not repeat barkers, rather their barks are pretty isolated. Their tendency not to bark much is due to the fact the fact that they derive from wild canines at the time where silence and stealth was required in order to be good hunters and survive.
Whippets are sleek dogs that somehow resemble a Greyhound in appearance. They are not inclined to bark much because they tend to have a shy and reserved temperament. The fact that they may or may not bark at strangers approaching your home, make them poor guard dogs. They make trusting companions that are friendly to visitors. They are a good choice therefore for people concerned about maintaining a quiet setting.
This Russian breed may require exercise and daily walks, but they give some peace and quite in exchange because they are not much inclined to bark when compared to other dogs. Like the Whippet they do not make good guard dogs because they are not territorial. They are very gentle dogs that are well mannered around people when socialized properly.
This dog breed is on the quiet side, but they are are quite large specimens. Some can even reach up to 150 pounds. If space is not an issue, this lovely dog breed requires daily walks but they are calm and gentle giants that make ideal companions. While they are not known to bark a lot, some will bark to alert their owners of the presence of an intruder or a strange noise.
How to Find the Right Dog
A good way to start the search for a quiet companion is by avoiding certain dog breeds that throughout the centuries have made a living out of barking. There are indeed some dog breeds that have been genetically engineered by humans throughout the years to bark more. These are breeds that by virtue of their genetics, were appreciated mostly for their qualities of alerting owners of intruders or of the presence of game. On the other hand, there are also dog breeds that were appreciated more because of their lack of vocalization.
Breeds to Avoid
Dog breeds to avoid are some specimens specimens belonging to the hound group because they may engage in baying for countless hours each day. Beagles for instance, are known to be one of the loudest breeds. Other breeds to avoid are some specimens belonging to the guarding dog breeds because they have a tendency to be territorial and may bark or growl at every minimum noise. Some dogs belonging to the small breed category may be quite yappy at times, Terriers are known to be great barkers such as Yorkshire Terriers, Fox Terriers, and West Highland terriers, even though Chihuahuas, Pomeranians and Miniature Schnauzers may join in to the cacophony society.
In general however, one must keep in mind that there is not such thing as a dog that does not bark. All dogs need to express themselves and they do so by barking. Puppies in order to survive must whine in order to get their mother's attention. Another consideration is that each dog is an individual and therefore, there will be dogs that will be more vocal and dogs that will be less even within a litter a puppies.
Breeds that bark less or more cannot be generalized. Each dog comes with its own personality and owners must learn how to discourage barking if they do not want a dog that barks at everything that moves. By choosing some dog breeds wisely and with proper training owners may enjoy some peaceful nights and good relationships with their neighbors.
© 2010 Adrienne Farricelli