Almost all dog owners have to be picky about what breeds they can keep. Certain breeds are more energetic than others and need a lot of exercise. Similarly, other breeds may bark a lot, and it’s not suitable for someone living in an apartment.
Dog Breeds that are Quiet and Calm
The following are some dog breeds that are not only quiet, but also very calm.
Borzoi is listed among the most beautiful dogs to exist. They are calm and are loved for their aggregable temperaments. They are a perfect package of strength and grace and have a catlike demeanor, despite being hounds. Borzois make a lot of noise and chaos as puppies, but an adult Borzoi is calm and quiet even when dashing around with light-footed grace.
Keeping a Borzoi in an urban environment can be a daunting task. This is because these quiet dogs can sprint out of sight within a matter of a few seconds. In fact, the leading cause of Borzoi deaths is getting hit by vehicles.
Bulldogs make perfect city-life companions because of their calm, quiet, and courageous nature. They are easygoing and affectionate and don’t need much exercise. Actually, most bulldogs will be more than happy to lounge on a couch all day long.
This docile breed adapts quickly to new environments. In addition to less barking, Bulldogs love to cuddle, which makes them a perfect package for people living in apartments.
Great Dane’s are known as gentle giants for good reasons. For instance, the biggest dog breed is also the quietest one. These strong and courageous dogs don’t need to bark a lot to prove their dominance.
However, these dogs are not always silent and can bark loudly in some cases. There is a tradeoff here. While Danes are among the quietest dog breeds, its occasional bark can be very loud. They are an intelligent bunch and are quite easy to train. Despite being a quiet dog breed, Great Danes are perfect guard dogs because of their sheer size.
Irish Setters are known to only bark when alarmed. But for the most part, these canines are quiet and do not create a fuss. They are a bit too friendly with strangers, and this makes them terrible guard dogs.
Irish setters need a lot of exercise because they were originally bred as hunting dogs. They possess a lot of energy, but are not very vocal. This allows them to become perfect companions of families living in a busy city. These sweet-tempered pups are also good with children and love to play with them.
This dog breed makes for a perfect family pet due to its quiet and protective nature. Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a perfect blend of affectionate, athletic, and well-tempered qualities. Back in the day, they were also known as the ‘all-purpose Renaissance hounds”.
Ridgebacks were bred as tracking dogs, so they bark only when needed. Similarly, they don’t need to bark to make themselves seem more aggressive to strangers. Their size and looks are enough to deter most threats.
The royal dog of Scotland is a majestic and large hound that looks just like a Greyhound. Scottish Deerhounds are among the tallest dog breeds in existence and were originally bred to stalk giant wild deer. These dogs stand nearly 3 feet high at their shoulders, and this is why this dog is NOT suited to live in an apartment.
Along with their dignified personality, they are neither too energetic nor too lazy. They don’t make much noise even if someone comes to the door. This makes them bad watchdogs, but excellent pets for your home if you prefer quieter pups.
Dog Breeds that are Quiet and Small
The dog breeds discussed below are quiet as well as small.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
This namesake of British Royalty is perhaps the most Zen dog breed on this list. They are known to go with the flow of life and adapt quickly to changing environments. They bark rarely and do not cause much trouble for their owners. However, your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel can bark loudly (occasionally) when his/her wishes are denied. After all, they are royal dogs.
These dogs need sufficient exercise and frequent walks to keep within themselves. The classical attributes (quiet, friendly, and extremely cute) of this breed make it a perfect companion for busy city life.
This dog breed is known for its ‘indoorsy’ nature. Japanese Chin is often described as a feline breed due to its graceful and light-footed nature. These quiet dogs always have an astonishing look on their face.
The small size of this breed makes it even better for an indoor lifestyle. Japanese Chins don’t bark a lot, but because of their flatter face, they snore frequently. It is another one of those noise tradeoffs that Chin owners deal with. It boils down to what bothers you more: active barking or snoring.
Dog Breeds that are Quiet and Don’t Shed
Below is a hypoallergenic dog breed that has a quiet nature.
The basenji is known as the “barkless dog” as it doesn’t bark at all. This is because the laryngeal ventricle of this dog breed is quite shallow. This limits the vocal fold’s ability to vibrate adequately enough to make the barking sound. This doesn’t mean that the Basenji is a mute dog. When they decide to be vocal, Basenjis can make sounds similar to a ‘chortle’ and a ‘yodel’.
Basenji is a sweet-faced, small hunting dog that is known for its intelligence, poise, and inability to bark. Some believe that these dogs were bred like this to minimize the risk of predators approaching villages.