When it comes to choosing a breed of dog, there are many factors to consider. Some people make their decision based on the breed’s ability to get along with children or its talent for certain dog sports. Other people choose their dogs based on something as simple as the dog’s propensity for barking.
Barking is a natural behavior for dogs but some dogs simply do not bark as much as others do. Dogs that have a tendency to bark can make great watchdogs, but noisy dogs are not right for everyone. If you are looking for a dog that does not tend to bark much, consider one of these fifteen breeds:
- Irish Setter – Known for their soft red coats, the Irish Setter is a happy and energetic breed. Though these dogs do tend to have a good deal of energy, they do not expend that energy with barking. When given adequate exercise, the Irish Setter makes a great family pet.
- Collie – This breed is known for its intelligence and herding abilities but it is also a very quiet breed. Collies are very friendly and affectionate with family and they only bark when they need to.
- Great Dane – This giant breed has a very gentle nature and is great with kids. In addition to being friendly and gentle, the Great Dane is also a very quiet breed. Their bark is loud but you really wont hear it too much.
- Afghan Hound – One of the most elegant breeds and highly intelligent. Barking wont be a problem with these fantastic canines.
- Whippet – Known for their long legs and lean bodies, these dogs have an athletic appearance and they do require a good bit of exercise, but they do not tend to bark much.
- Italian Greyhound – House-training can be a tricky process with this breed but they are intelligent and bark infrequently.
- Saint Bernard – Another large breed, the St. Bernard is related to the Mastiff and has its same quiet tendencies. This breed can be a bit stubborn but they are great with kids when properly trained.
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – Though many smaller breeds have a propensity for barking, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is generally very quiet. These dogs are playful and fun loving and they do not like to be left alone.
- Golden Retriever – This breed always aims to please and they are great with kids. Golden Retrievers are fairly active but, as long as they get enough exercise, they do not tend to bark.
- Rhodesian Ridgeback – A fairly rare breed, the Rhodesian Ridgeback is very sensitive and loyal to family. This breed will not hesitate to protect his family, but barking is not usually part of the equation unless feeling threatened.
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