The 15 quietest dog breeds
No. 1 (tie): Great Dane
The breed named quietest of them all is also one of the biggest: the Great Dane. He’s a gentle giant with a calm nature, and while he doesn’t bark often, when he does, his voice will be louder and deeper than just about any other breed.
No. 1 (tie): Newfoundland
The docile Newfoundland also takes the top spot on this list of quiet breeds. He’s a courageous and intelligent dog, known for his love of children, his loyalty and his desire to be a lap dog despite his enormous size.
No. 3: Great Pyrenees
Like the first two breeds on this list, the Great Pyrenees is a large dog with an equally big heart. When properly trained, he’s calm, gentle and protective, but you’ll have to do your homework in order to get this strong-willed dog to that point.
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No. 4: Italian Greyhound
Tiny, intelligent and a bit fragile, the Italian Greyhound can be rather defiant, but barking is rarely an issue. Housetraining, however, may be another story.
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No. 5: Whippet
This keen sighthound is sleek and athletic. The Whippet can be found chasing cats and swiping food from the kitchen counter, but he’s also a calm and quiet companion who loves to snuggle on the sofa.
No. 6: Mastiff
The Mastiff is known to be very loving but somewhat stubborn. He’s protective of his family, but his size (often over 200 pounds!) is generally all that’s needed to deter would-be troublemakers, so he rarely sees a need to raise his voice.
No. 7: Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a handsome Swiss dog bred to pull carts, drive livestock to fields or market, and work as a watchdog. These days, though, he’s better known for his tranquil temperament, although as a puppy he can be active and mouthy, nipping and chasing in play.
No. 8: Bullmastiff
Strong-willed and incredibly loyal, the Bullmastiff isn’t a big barker, but he is not always good with other dogs (especially those of the same sex) or cats (due to a high prey drive).
No. 9 (tie): Saint Bernard
The Saint Bernard is a member of the Mastiff family. He can be sweet, shy and stubborn, but with proper training and socialization, this quiet breed can be fantastic for families or for use as a therapy dog.
No. 9 (tie): Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
The increasingly popular Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small, playful dog who loves his people and hates to be alone. His temperament can range from sweet and placid to straight-up stubborn, but with consistent, positive training, you should be able to housetrain him as well as any other breed.