What breeds are quietest?

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I'll attest to Shibas...mine love to make noise! :D
They don't bark, they talk to me. Boy do they ever talk.

That almost mournful cry (obviously saying "MOM FEED ME YOUR FOOD!, i saw you season it better than mine") and those paws start going up and pawing in the air at me, haha.

My Chows are very quiet though.
 

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Def. dunno how Rottweiler got put on the Noisest list! My girls are VERY quiet. Def. should replace Rottie with the ACD. LOL Kodak is constantly vocal.
 

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Bulldogs are sleepy, quiet dogs. My pugs are also very quiet dogs. Not a yappy breed at all and when they do bark, it's more of a muffled "boof" than a bark.
 
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I dont know about all bostons, but joey is a very quiet dog. If he is playing or getting teased by the cats he'll let out a couple barks, but that is it. Of course, since I live in an apartment, I've always discouraged him from barking, so maybe that's why he is quiet. But he sure can snore up a storm, so maybe he's not that quiet after all!;)
 

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My Goldens never barked just for the sake of hearing themselves. Just warnings or door bells,
 

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I dont know about all bostons, but joey is a very quiet dog. If he is playing or getting teased by the cats he'll let out a couple barks, but that is it. Of course, since I live in an apartment, I've always discouraged him from barking, so maybe that's why he is quiet. But he sure can snore up a storm, so maybe he's not that quiet after all!;)
ROFL, My friends Boston, barks at a leaf dropping :rolleyes: That's just how much he barks! lol

Agree with what others have said :hail:
 
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I second the idea about going to a shelter to look. If you've never been to an animal shelter, it's insane; every dog barks like a maniac, so the ones who are disinclined to bark really stand out. And you get a good idea of the timbre of bark; I saw an absolutely gorgeous Bouvier in the shelter once who, I swear, probably lost himself a swooning wouldbe owner every time he opened his mouth; he had a bark that would shatter steel.

One thing to keep in mind; while breeds/types like the collies, terriers and toys have well-deserved reputations for nonstop, excruciating barking, some breeds which don't tend to bark a lot have other noise drawbacks. GSDs, for example, don't tend to bark at the drop of a hat, but once they've alerted on something, they seem to drone on and on and on about it. And hounds bay, especially beagles, which are otherwise nice small dogs.
 

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My Shibas don't tend to bark that much, unless it's for a reason. Even then, only Kimi barks when the doorbell rings, Tai rarely does. The only time he makes a peep is when there's something we should know about (ie: suspicious person lurking around our yard, animals running through the back, etc.)

I found that the Shibas at my breeder's house were quite similar. For as many dogs as she had there (she has a thriving boarding kennel that many of her puppy buyers use), there was never all that much noise.

HOWEVER...when it comes time to clip nails they do SCREAM. And it literally sounds like someone is being killed. This sound is so well known throughout the Shiba fancy that you can buy bumper stickers that say "I survived the Shiba Scream," and "Shibas do it screaming." (Naughty one, I know ;) ).

So, while they aren't the dog to bark mindlessly for hours while you're away (they're Japan's most popular apartment dog!) they CAN be VERY loud when they feel the occassion calls for it.
 

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We train our dogs to bark and then say "enough" and they stop. Of course they will bark at strangers near the house and so on but they know when we say "enough" they stop and are told they are good for doing so. I guess you are thinking along the lines of the dog barking when you are not at home. How many hours max do you think you will be away at any one time?
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Yeah, that's exactly what I was thinking of. My previous dog was trained to be quiet (too effectively--later we tried to teach her "speak" but she wouldn't bark at all, oh well!) and was naturally quiet anyway (border collie / lab mix), but of course you can only shush them with a command when you're present. If the dog barks a lot and takes three months to train, the landlord is probably going to say forget it!

I'm 99% sure I'd go to a shelter, but I've heard that some dogs are basically in shock there and are incredibly well-behaved when you first take them home before realizing "hey, I'm HOME!" and relaxing. So that's one reason I'm curious as to what breeds are naturally quiet . . . though I do realize it varies from dog to dog!

I work 7 - 4, but am close enough that I can drive home for lunch. But that would be my only opportunity to get home before getting off work, on weekdays.
 

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Maybe a better question would have been "which dog breeds bark a lot" . . . I've always heard hounds do. ;)
 
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Talking about Shibas reminded me of one of my other favorite breeds. Akitas. They don't bark much at all, from what I've experienced. They'd rather observe silently, and save the bark for if they truly need it. Dogos, on the other hand, have a bark like a bullhorn, and they don't mind using it. (They also woo-woo, babble, mutter, howl, yodel, etc etc.)
 

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Some breeds are, of course, predisposed to barking... I think the barkiest dogs I know of are Mini Schnauzers, Bassets, and Beagles. I would steer clear of any hounds, and most toy breeds.

However, it does seem like more of a training issue (and an exercise issue) than anything, for most dogs. Fozzie is half Corgi and PROBABLY half Beagle, and he almost never barks. Those are 2 breeds that are known for barkiness, and he had started being vocal as a puppy, but I taught him to "chill out". When he hears that he automatically stops and lays down. Gonzo (Border Collie) almost *never* barks, and when he does it's a single alarm bark, so I think growing up with a quiet dog taught Fozzie to not bark excessively.
 
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Well, as far as apartment sized dogs go...Cavalier King Charles spaniels are relatively quiet. Some pugs are quiet, some are incredibly noisy...most mini schnazuers are very barky and it's an ear piercing bark at that.
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I agree with the Cavalier Kind Charles and pug. Stay away from chis, dachshunds, min pings, jack russels because in general they can be barky dogs if not trained properly.

I know many Shih tzus from my friends and family and none of them are barky at all. I have trained Charlie though to make sure he is not barky, but from my experience they are not a barky breed.

I have also never met a Cocker Spaniel that is barky either, but I have heard a lot of feedback that differs from the breed standard we see with them in Canada compared to the breeding in the US.
 
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Here's a list of the noisiest and quietest dogs from PetVR.com

I have to disagree a bit with the basenji. Basenjis have a reputation as difficult to train and while they do not bark they do chortle and yodel and make other oddball noises which help to make them endearing.
I agree....Basenji's ARE NOT quiet. I had one quite a few years back and just because they're a "barkless" dog doesn't mean they're quiet. He made a lot of noise.:) They're quite a handful to.
 
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Bulldogs are sleepy, quiet dogs. My pugs are also very quiet dogs. Not a yappy breed at all and when they do bark, it's more of a muffled "boof" than a bark.
I agree with Showpug on this...my daughter has an English Bulldog and he's very quiet (except for the snorting sounds).:D He's also very laid back and good natured. A very sweet dog.:)
 

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I think Dachshunds should be on the top barking breeds list. Who knows, maybe they're number 11 and we only saw the top 10. lol I do know that I've lived in two different apartment complexes and some how in each one I have neighbors with barking Dachshunds! I think people chose them for apartments because they're small and have low maintenance hair, so they seem like an "easy" breed. But Dachshunds have a terrier personality (bred to go after vermin underground so they're more terrier than scent hound). They're very vocal and strong willed so it's not like you can easily train most of them to not bark.

Another breed that I've known to be fairly barky is the American Eskimo. Wouldn't recommend that one for an apartment where your landlord is already not crazy about you having a dog.

I think most toy breeds tend to be fairly barky- especially Yorkies, Pekingese, Toy Poodles, and Lhasa Apsos.
 

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