Five Large Dog Breeds That Don't Bark Much
Stop Barking!: The Bullmastiff
Some breeds, like the Siberian Husky, do not bark much but are very vocal. For some others, barking is more normal—in fact some breeds were actually bred to bark a lot. Others, of course, were selected to not bark as much.
No large dog will stay quiet all of the time, but the following breeds do not bark much:
Some watch dogs are good because they bark a lot. The Rottweiler is actually the best family watch dog because he is concerned about his family and will bark as soon as anything threatens them.
Other watch and guard dogs are different. The Bullmastiff is one of them. They are a breed that watches, guards, but does not bark much.
The dogs were originally developed to guard estates back in the 19th century. They are one of the largest of the breeds that does not bark much, weighing about 50 kilos (110 pounds) and sometimes even a little more.
About a fourth of all Bullmastiffs have hip dysplasia so if you are getting a puppy be sure the parents have been evaluated. Dogs are also prone to bloat and arthritis.
Bullmastiffs usually only live about 8 years. Like all giant dogs, they need to be socialized early and go through obedience training.
Like the Bullmastiff, the Neo is a large dog who usually only barks when it is necessary. This is one of the best family guard dogs, ready to lie quietly and do what he must to defend his family.
This Italian breed is really big, often over 60 kilos (about 130 pounds). They are prone to hip dysplasia, and because of their loose skin and droopy eyes are prone to cherry eye and eyelid diseases like ectroption and entropion.
Most Neos only live 7 or 8 years, and when they get older are likely to develop arthritis. They should not be chosen just because they do not bark much, but that is definitely one of the good points of this intelligent and powerful guard dog.
This large sighthound is best known for being thin, but they are also one of the breeds that does not bark much.
Even though they are so sleek, adult Borzois usually weigh more than 45 kilos (about 120 pounds). They are prone to bloat, as are most big dogs with deep chests, and some dogs may develop retinal atrophy (PRA) and heart disease.
Borzois usually live about 11 years. They really need to get out and run in a safe area, but as long as they have exercise they are unlikely to have behavioral problems and even less likely to become aggressive.
They will usually run when they get a chance, almost always stay away from strangers, and rarely bark.
This sighthound has a reputation for being fierce because of the wire muzzles dogs wear at the racetrack. They are actually a gentle breed, and although they like to run they are also known as “couch potatoes” because of their quiet nature.
Greyhounds usually weigh over 30 kilos (around 65 pounds) and that weight is almost all muscle and bone. The dogs have less body fat than any other breed, a large heart, and the only other animal that can run as fast is the cheetah.
Most dogs are healthy, but of course they can be prone to bloat and bed sores, both problems secondary to their anatomy. Greyhounds have an average lifespan of about 11 or 12 years.
They need to go for a walk every day, and are most likely to be quiet if they have an enclosed place to run. Most Greyhounds will stay calm back at the house, rarely bark, and sleep most of the time they are not taken outside. A comfortable couch is appreciated.
This English breed is the smallest of the large dog breeds that don’t bark much. Some are as small as 20 kilos (about 45 pounds) but others are large and weigh over 35 kilos (over 80 pounds).
Although they are famous for their powerful bodies, Bull Terriers are actually mild and are nicknamed the “white cavalier” since they almost never start fights, but usually are able to finish them.
Bull Terriers live about 10 years. Fanciers do not recommend them for first time dog owners since they are so powerful, independent, and stubborn.
They have a high prey drive and do not do well with cats and other small animals.
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Several of these dogs are going to be difficult to find. If you are looking for one of the large breeds that do not bark much, your first stop should be your local animal shelter. Tell the volunteers what type of dog you are looking for, and you may find out they have just what you are looking for!
If you have no luck, visit a dog show and talk to breeders that have the type you are looking for. You can find out when puppies or an adult will be ready, and can find out what you will need to make your new dog a part of your family.
The breeder who started the American Alsatian breeding program left a comment that her dogs do not bark much. They look fantastic and have a lot going for them. If you like the looks of this modern Dire Wolf be sure to contact one of the breeders and check them out.
© 2013 DrMark1961
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