Getting complaints from neighbors about your dog barking too much is pretty much every pet owner’s worst nightmare — and being kept up all night yourself with said barking isn’t exactly all rainbows and butterflies either. Thank God not all dog breeds are created equal when it comes to noise.
Look, loud dogs do have their advantages — dogs with big barks are awesome for chasing away intruders, for example — but more often than not, a sweet dog who quietly keeps you company is ideal. It’s not that we don’t love chatty breeds with tons of personality, but dogs that bark their butts off can be a deal-breaker.
If you’re looking for a strong silent type, these well-known quiet breeds could be your perfect canine match.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Next Up: Chinese Shar-Pei
Originally published January 2014. Updated April 2017.