7 Quiet Dog Breeds.


Most dogs will bark. They bark for all sorts of reasons; alarm, fear, excitement, or frustration. In this article Holidays4Dogs is happy suggests some quiet dog breeds. However, please remember that there are NO guarantees! Every dog is a unique personality. Some may buck the trend and be quieter when they are renowned for being noisy. Others may have far more to say; and say it more often!


Top of the list has to be the Basenji who is known as the, ‘barkless dog’.  However, while they are not known for barking, this doesn’t mean to say they don’t make a sound at all.

Their vocal range is roughly from a sweet yodel, to a blood curdling scream with all the usual ‘garuffs’ and growls in between.  He is probably not the best choice for the first time dog owner because he likes to live life to the full. He just won’t shout about it very often.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  

Although these are small dogs, they don’t tend to be yappy in the way other small breeds can be. We’re thinking poodles and Yorkshire terriers. Cavaliers are generally sweet tempered and polite and tend not to engage in inappropriate, or nuisance barking.

Chow Chow. 

These lion look-a-likes are an ancient breed hailing from China. Originally working, dogs doing everything from hunting, to pulling carts, they are now companion animals. They are gentle dogs and are generally regarded to be non-argumentative and quiet in the home.


Perhaps because these little dogs seem highly appreciative of the quiet life and enjoy spending long hours upside down on the sofa, they just can’t be bothered to interject with persistent barking, (too busy sleeping). Outdoors they are bundles of energy and speed that would make your head spin. Once indoors they are broadly thought of as quiet and genteel.


This chap surely has to be one of the most inactive breeds on the planet. His life revolves around a lot of sitting and lying down, but sadly this probably has more to do with the effects of selective breeding than sheer laziness.

The bulldog was once a fearsome breed with the capability to bring down a bull on the run. Unfortunately the modern bulldog suffers from quite a few health problems, including respiratory and heart disease, cherry eye and hip dysplasia. Nowadays, he tends to keep his head down and his mouth shut. Can you blame him though?

Great Dane. 

Not particularly known for being a highly strung breed, Danes are often regarded as gentle giants. They have an almost aloof nature and little desire to engage in mindless barking. Perhaps there are far too many canine philosophical matters to consider?

Clumber spaniel.

Despite having their origins in the field, these jolly big fellows, (they are much heavier than other types of spaniel) are not known to be ‘barkers’. Being on the vulnerable breed list with the UK Kennel Club, there are not too many of them around. Perhaps they realise, without an audience, there’s little point engaging in vocal acrobatics.


When choosing a family dog, don’t forget, all dogs are vocal to some extent and it is perfectly natural for them to communicate in this way. Prolonged and unwanted barking, however, can be stressful – not only for you, but potentially your neighbours, as well as for Fido too. It is important to identify the root cause of excessive barking in order to find the right solution.

Check out our Holidays4Dogs article on how to deal with excessive barking.