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15 dog breeds that don't bark excessively and will keep your neighbors happy

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Sweet and (mostly) silent dogs that keep barking to a minimum

Loud dogs have their advantages — they make excellent guard dogs and their howling is adorable (at times), but all that doggy communication can be a nightmare for apartment dwellers. It's not that we don't love chatty, excited dog breeds, but when you have a dog that barks and barks and barks some more, the neighbors are going to start to complain.

If you're searching for the cute and silent type, these well-known "quiet" breeds could be a perfect canine match.

1. Basenji

Sweet and (mostly) silent dogs that keep barking to a minimum
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Renowned as the "barkless dog," the Basenji instead makes a noise akin to a yodel when it gets excited. Though not a barker, this entertaining canine is high-energy and can be quite the ham if allowed.

2. Afghan Hound

Sweet and (mostly) silent dogs that keep barking to a minimum
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One of the most beautiful and elegant of canines, the Afghan is a highly intelligent dog that bonds deeply with its family. Though known for doing all things to the extreme, barking excessively is not part of its repertoire.

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3. Bullmastiff

Sweet and (mostly) silent dogs that keep barking to a minimum
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This large and lovable, mild-mannered canine is protective of its family pack and tends to do more drooling, snorting and snuffling than barking.

4. Scottish Deerhound

Sweet and (mostly) silent dogs that keep barking to a minimum
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This family-friendly dog has the heart of a hunter (a deer hunter, to be exact), but has an endearing quiet and dignified personality when in the home. Though you won't have to worry about excessive barking, you will have to keep your pup reined in when it's around scurrying furry critters.

5. Rhodesian Ridgeback

Sweet and (mostly) silent dogs that keep barking to a minimum
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The Rhodie is the strong, silent type that uses its size and might to defend its family pack. Though an exceptional hunter who loves outdoor exercise, this pawed pal can't wait to be curled up on the couch and cuddled.

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