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Dogs are amazing pets and wonderful companions, but we get it, they can be a little too loud sometimes. If you live in a crowded apartment building, or even just enjoy some peace and quiet, visions of yapping at the door or howling at the moon may have scared you off from dog ownership. If this fear is the main thing standing between you and the joys of welcoming a dog into your life, set your mind at ease.
Tools like muzzles and bark collars are useful, but if you’re looking to keep your home at a reasonable volume with no training required, one of these breeds might be for you. Of course no breeds are completely silent, these are dogs not church mice after all, but some are much quieter than others. Here are the top 10 dogs that your sleeping neighbours will love almost as much as you do.
Golden Retrievers are the good-looking, fun-loving and kind-hearted jocks of the dog world. They’re one of the most popular breeds in Canada because they’re easy to train, good with families and rarely put up a fuss. It won’t be hard to win over your Golden Retriever. They have a strong desire to please people—even if they’re strangers. Suffice it to say, this is not a dog that will attack! They’re simply too beautiful to be mean.
French Bulldogs are a fun and fashionable small breed that’s well suited to apartment life. They’re generally low maintenance and don’t require too much exercise. This laissez faire attitude means they very rarely bark. They give a quick hello to a visitor, but other than that, don't expect to hear much chatting from your French Bulldog.
Like their smaller French cousins, Bulldogs are among the quietest dogs. While full of love and personality, excitability isn’t exactly their thing. A nice nap in the sun is more fun for a Bulldog than barking at some squirrel in the yard. You’re more likely to hear snoring than barking from these cute little couch potatoes.
If you're looking for a relaxed quiet dog, the word “terrier” can be terrifying. Not so with the Boston Terrier! Unlike the rambunctious Jack Russell, the Boston is a terrier a laid back attitude that can adapt to apartment life just as well as life on the farm. As far as terriers are concerned, the Boston Terrier is by far the quietest.
Mastiff dogs are the typical gentle giant breed. They're powerful, muscular, and quite literally massive! Standing up to 30 inches at their shoulders, they can outgrow a full size man. While startling at first sight, a well-trained Mastiff is nothing to fear. There’s just a lot to love, from their droopy lips to wrinkled forehead to floppy tongue. They're dignified and good-natured companions that make great family pets.
At first glance, you probably wouldn’t think Pugs seem very loud - and in this case, you'd be absolutely right! Pugs are small in size and small in volume. In fact, you're more likely to hear your Pug snoring or breathing than you are to hear them barking. For a fun little friend who won't bother anyone with their bark, a Pug is the way to go.
When it comes to dog breeds, Miniature American Shepherds are the new kid in town. Officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015, these dogs are said to have originated in 1960s California by selectively breeding smaller Australian Shepherds. The result: the same intelligence, agility and good temper, just more compact.
Newfoundland Dogs prove that you don't have to be small to be quiet. By far the biggest dogs on our list, they're known for being social, friendly and full of love. Newfoundland Dogs are full of energy and need space to run around, but just because they're an outdoor dog doesn't mean they always use their outdoor voice.
You might not expect a dog bred to hunt lions on the African plains to be this list, but hear us out. Rhodesian Ridgebacks quickly grow from rambunctious puppies into dignified, quiet dogs. They may look a little intimidating, but Ridgebacks are affectionate family dogs that rarely bark without provocation.
Akitas are tender in heart and strong in strength. Originating from the rugged mountains in Northern Japan, the Akita is built to work. They tracked and hunted in the wild, and protected the royal family indoors. They’re protective pooches that are very loyal and affectionate towards their owners. Intelligent, devoted, and sensitive to kindness, the Akita forms strong bonds with family.
If you’re an apartment dweller, the two things you are probably looking for in a dog are “small” and “quiet”. No small breeds bark as loud as a Labrador Retriever, but a dog that yaps all the time will still have annoyed neighbours knocking at the door. For dogs this size, “quiet” is more a state of mind than decibel count.
Quiet small dog breeds include:
Medium-sized dogs are great for growing families, but let’s face it, families make enough noise as it is! A companion that adds love to your home without adding to the clatter might be just what you’re after. Luckily, quiet dogs come in all sizes.
Quiet medium-sized dog breeds include:
Big dogs are among the most loving, loyal gentle giants a dog owner can get. Just because you have a lot of space for a dog doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t like peace and quiet. The tranquility of life in the country is even better with a big quiet dog by your side.
Quiet large dog breeds include: