Dogs may bark for all kinds of different reasons. Some pups are natural watchdogs and take it upon themselves to alert you whenever they sense a disturbance in their environment. It may be annoying, but just know they're only trying to help! Other breeds have active minds and may be prone to bark if they don't get enough mental stimulation or exercise. Their barks are merely a reminder that they need more one on one time with you! Some pups are deeply sensitive and may bark out of anxiety or fear, particularly when they are left alone for long periods of time.
While just about any dog breed bark for one or more of the reasons above, certain breeds are naturally calm and quiet. Remember, it's always important to consider the needs of your dog in order to bring out the best in them. Even a quiet breed may begin to bark if they don't get enough exercise or attention!
That said, if you live in an apartment building or have young children that need frequent naps, you can count on the breeds below not to disturb the peace.
1. Bernese Mountain Dog
The even-tempered Bernese Mountain Dog has an imposing bark, but you aren't likely to hear it on a regular basis. These gentle giants are goofy and animated when with their families. They may be aloof with strangers, but their calm and easygoing nature makes them unreliable watchdogs. Though, their size may be enough to deter anyone with bad intentions. If you're looking for a quiet and fun-loving family pet, the Berner is happy to be a lapdog, even at 120 pounds!
2. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Many small dogs are said to be "yappy," but in the case of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, this couldn't be further from the truth. These Spaniels may have a Royal name, but they aren't high maintenance; they are cheerful, adaptable pups who thrive on human attention. Your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will be just as happy to read a book with you as they are to go for a walk. They may bark when a stranger comes to the door, but will quickly make friends with anyone who comes to visit.
3. French Bulldog
The playful and energetic French Bulldog is well loved for her adaptability. They are just as happy as a house dog as they are living on a rural acreage, just as long as they get to be by your side! They will raise the alarm when someone comes to the door, but otherwise, the Frenchie doesn't bark much. Because they are so versatile, French Bulldog puppies make great pets for inexperienced dog owners. They're a resilient, tolerant breed who will forgive you quickly. This quality also makes them a popular choice for families with young children; they'll put up with ear pulling, and won't bark while the baby is napping!
4. Australian Shepherd
The brainy Australian Shepherd is renowned for being a devoted, trainable companion. The only thing this breed doesn't excel at is being a watchdog. Aussies are typically upbeat and playful companions. They may bark when bored, frustrated, or anxious. Taking your Aussie for plenty of walks and engaging her in playtime will ensure that they don't annoy your neighbors.
5. Shih Tzu
Shih Tzus have been bred as companion dogs for thousands of years. They may be petite, but these lively pups can easily fill a room with their bold personalities. Shih Tzu puppies thrive on human attention, and bond quickly with their people. They are alert and may take on the role of watchdog. Though, after a couple of obligatory barks, they are sure to quickly befriend whoever has come to the door. These pups have historically been companions to royal families, but they aren't a pretentious breed. Shih Tzus are known for being highly adaptable to just about any lifestyle. The only thing this breed really can't tolerate is being left alone for extended periods of time.
Reviewed by: Theresa Miller
Theresa is a tenured PuppySpot employee and breed expert. She is currently the manager of our Profile Approval department and interacts with our breeders on a daily basis. Theresa has been involved in the pet industry for over 19 years and has hands on experience with many dog breeds. Theresa is also the proud owner of Marta, a German Shepherd Dog who is a trained service dog, and a 12-year-old Maltese named Colonel!