Dogs That Don’t Bark A Lot

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Who wouldn’t love to have dogs that don’t bark a lot. I feel like I spend so much of my day saying, “Shhhh!” to my pups Oscar and Sadie.

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), dogs that don’t bark a lot earn an official AKC Bark Level of “quiet.” Interestingly, size is not an indicator of whether a dog is noisy or quiet.

For example, you would think that all small dogs are the ones that bark the most. However, the tiny Japanese Chin makes the cut, as does the English toy spaniel and the Pekingese (though my dog Sadie is part Pekingese and she barks a lot).

Whether you are in the market for a loyal lap dog or on the hunt for a wily wolfhound, this list of low-noise dogs may help you find your new, respectfully quiet, best friend. In other words, a dog that doesn’t bark a lot–or at least in comparison to other similar breeds.

Read on for the list that Stacker curated of dog breeds that generally keep the noise down. This includes small dogs that don’t bark as well as big dogs that don’t bark.

Glen of Imaal terrier

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This gentle, but spirited dog is named for a remote spot in Ireland. When fully grown, these dogs weigh between 32 and 40 pounds and live for 10 to 15 years.

Perhaps the Glen of Imaal terrier is of a quieter variety because they were designed for hard work–ferreting out rats and the like from the farm. In fact, that’s exactly right, says the AKC. They were bred to be quiet while working.

Clumber spaniel

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With a face like that, I should really add the Clumber spaniel to the dumbest dog breeds list.

The stocky Clumber spaniel is only 20 inches tall. However, it can weigh up to 85 pounds.

When not shedding or drooling, the Clumber spaniel is a great hunting companion who lives between 10 to 15 years.

English toy spaniel

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The English toy spaniel is also known as Cavalier King Charles spaniel. This breed was named for King Charles I.

These dogs are small, weighing between 8 and 14 pounds, and live to about age 12. Overall, they are low-energy dogs.

Even so, they are a loving, playful and loyal lapdog.

Tibetan spaniel

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Personally, I think the Tibetan spaniel looks just like the Pekingese. Considering both breeds hail from Asia, I guess that makes sense.

According to the AKC, the Tibetan spaniel once held an important role in Tibet –guarding its master and the monastery.

These are curious creatures that weigh between 9 and 15 pounds, and live to be about 12 to 15 years old.

Japanese Chin

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The Japanese Chin is a diminutive dog that weighs between 7 and 11 pounds, and will live for about a decade to 12 years. The breed’s royal hallmarks include grace and being particularly quiet.

Borzois

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The Borzois is also known as the Russian wolfhound. This aristocratic canine lives to be between 9 and 14 years old.

The Russian royal wolfhound can weigh up to 120 pounds. A fenced-in year is a must for this independent dog who may follow his nose—or a squirrel.

Pekingese

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This tiny toy breed will only grow to be up to 14 pounds and will live up to 14 years. The Pekingese is most often identified with the imperial family of China

Some say this intelligent and independent breed can be challenging to train. Well, as I mentioned earlier, my dog Sadie is part Pekingese and barks a lot. Also, she was very easy to train. So, go figure.

Basenji

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The Basenji is, perhaps, the truest dog in the category of “doesn’t bark a lot.” That’s because it’s known as Africa’s barkless dog.

This breed, which weighs between 20 and 24 pounds, is expected to live between 13 and 14 years. However, the clever canine is not easy to train but is loving to its family. On the other hand, it’s adorable.

Whippet

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The affectionate and playful whippet lives between 12 and 15 years. The whippet—also known as the Poor Man’s Racehorse—is a graceful and fast friend weighing between 25 and 40 pounds.

The whippet is a popular hunting dog due in part to its keen vision. Its hunting nature is probably why it’s quiet–you can’t exactly catch your prey if you’re barking on the way.

Finally, you may see a resemblance to a greyhound. However, the whippet and greyhound are not the same breed.

Shiba Inu

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The most popular dog in Japan, the Shiba Inu will live to be 13 to 16 years. The small (between 17 and 23 pounds) dog is muscular and happy in a city or rural setting.

Now, as far as barking goes, the Shiba Inu may not bark a lot. However, it definitely vocalizes so don’t expect 100% quiet with this breed.

Finally, you may recognize the Shiba Inu from the original Doge meme.

Rhodesian ridgeback

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Originating in southern Africa, this independent and versatile hound weighs between 70 and 85 pounds. The Rhodesian ridgeback, which lives between 10 and 12 years, can chase down a lion, making it a great companion for athletes.

Boston terrier

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The Boston terrier, or Great American Gentleman, is a fun and lively four-legged friend that will bring you joy for 11 to 13 years. The dapper dog weighs between 12 and 25 pounds, and is a devoted family pet who likes to play and may snore.

So, no to a lot of barking but, yes to some snoring. That sounds like a fair trade off.

Bulldog

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Don’t let the sourpuss of the bulldog fool you: This loyal pet will bring you a great deal of happiness. This hefty dog likes to nap, weighs between 40 and 50 pounds, and lives to be 8 to 10 years old.

French bulldog

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The popular French bulldog weighs under 28 pounds and lives to be 10 to 12 years old. This sturdy pup loves to play and relax, but does not like the heat.

As far as noise goes, this may not be a bark-y dog. However, expect to hear lots of grunts and snorts.

Stacey Marcus contributed to this article from Stacker.com.

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