small dogs that dont bark

Small Dogs That Don’t Bark (Much!)

Are you looking for a small dog that doesn’t bark as much as other breeds? Well, you’ve come to the right place.dog smiling

Maybe you don’t want to upset the neighbors. Or perhaps you have to wake up early for work and need a good night’s sleep. Whatever the reason, don’t let TV and the movies fool you. While I do think that some small dogs have big yappers to make up for their small statures, not all of them pack a big bark.

So here’s a list (albeit small) of little dogs that are (mostly) quiet.

Small Dogs That Don’t Bark

Let’s face it. All dogs bark at some point. It’s their language. They need to bark in order to communicate. The key is to find a small breed dog that doesn’t bark excessively. What do I mean by excessively? Dogs that know when to stop or ones that only bark when necessary:

  • Presence of strangers
  • Sense danger
  • Hungry
  • Thirsty
  • Hot
  • Cold
  • Anxious
  • Afraid

Basenji

basenji in black and white

Known as Africa’s “barkless dog”, Basenjis are small, graceful hounds. Many people consider them to be catlike in the way they groom themselves. This breed doesn’t bark, which ensures you get the quiet time you deserve, but you’ll need to keep up with his high exercise needs and boundless energy.

And did I mention that Basenjis have a penchant for mischief? This coupled with the fact that they tend to lose interest easily, may make training a bit challenging.

Height: 16-17 inches

Weight: 22-24 pounds


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Boston Terrier

boston terrier playing with tennis ball

Want a dog with impeccable manners? Get a Boston Terrier. Seriously, they don’t call this breed the “American Gentleman” for nothing. His stylish “tuxedo” coat is just endearing. Bostons bark, especially when there’s a stranger around. But you won’t get any aggressive tendencies from this breed.

Make sure you leave your Boston with plenty of entertainment when you’re out or else, he’ll chew and scratch up your home!

Height: 15-17 inches

Weight: 12-25 pounds


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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

cavalier king charles spaniel outdoors

The name says it all. This breed comes from royal owners of Great Britain, so you know you’ll get a Cavalier full of grace and pride. But just because the Cavalier is an aristocrat doesn’t mean he’s too good for children or other dogs. In fact, Cavaliers get on great with people and other animals. Oh, and they know how to keep quiet, so you can get your beauty rest.

Height: 12-13 inches

Weight: 13-18 pounds


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Coton de Tulear

coton de tulear in grass

Want a close bond with your canine companion? Then, the Coton may be the dog for you. Cotons enjoy comforting and amusing their human friends. And you can forget about having some alone time with a Coton, as they tend to follow their human companions around the house. Hope you don’t mind having another shadow!

Cotons aren’t “yippy yappy” dogs at all, but they will bark when they feel the need to protect.

Height: 9-11 inches

Weight: 8-15 pounds


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English Toy Spaniel

Bred to be the companion of kings and other royalty, the English Toy Spaniel is the perfect dog to spoil and pamper. The ETS, like many toy breeds, enjoy being lapdogs.

It may take a lot to win over the heart of an ETS as they came take on the personalities of their royal owners, but once you gain their favor, you’ve got a true friend. So what if he’s furry?

English Toy Spaniels are not guard dogs by any means and they hardly ever bark.

Height: 9-10 inches

Weight: 8-14 pounds


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French Bulldog

french bulldog looking over fence

Perhaps the most amicable and friendly dogs on this list, the French Bulldog adapts well to a variety of situation from a single owner to large families. The Frenchie makes friends easily with other animals and enjoys meeting new people.

The AKC refers to Frenchies as “dogs of few words” because, you guessed it, they don’t bark much. Yet, they are great watchdogs as they’re extremely alert.

Height: 11-13 inches

Weight: under 28 pounds


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Glen of Imaal Terrier

glen of imaal terrier panting outside

Glens are gentler and less excitable than most terriers, yet they’re pretty bold for their small size. Named after one of Ireland’s most remote locales in the Western Wicklow Mountains, this breed is perhaps the most vocal one of the list, yet they’re still less vocal than most other terriers. And if your Glen does start barking a lot, no worries. Glens are relatively easy to train as they’re intelligent and learn pretty quickly.

Height: 12.5-13 inches

Weight: 32-40 pounds


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Italian Greyhound

italian greyhound basking in sunlight

Bred to be loving and affectionate companions, Italian Greyhounds are your typical lapdogs. And they don’t mind lounging around on the couch either. But they’d much rather be in your lap! Don’t let the IG’s laziness fool you, though. These dogs are lightning fast, love to run, and are quick to bolt when they spot prey. After all, what’s a sighthound with no chase?

IGs don’t bark a lot, but they will alert you when a stranger is approaching.

Height: 13-15 inches

Weight: 7-14 pounds


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Pekingese

two pekingese dogs in grass

The Pekingese was created for the ruling classes of ancient China. Because of their history, they are rather sophisticated and highly independent. Known for their dense “lion’s mane”, Pekes are very high maintenance. But who’s surprised? They had emperors for owners.

Pekes aren’t the quietest dogs (especially when they have something to bark about!), but they won’t spend the entire day barking your ears off. They’re pretty alert and vigilant, which make them great watchdogs.

Height: 6-9 inches

Weight: up to 14 pounds


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Pug

pug lying on sofa

Whether you’re looking for a quiet dog or family-friendly dog, you just can’t go wrong with a Pug. They’re happy in any setting – the city, suburbs, rural areas – you name it. Pugs are also great with kids and other pets.

And how can we forget their big sparkling eyes and their comical human-like expressions? You can’t not love these fun companions. Are they quiet? Yep. Pugs are pretty laid back and aren’t prone to barking.

Height: 10-13 inches

Weight: 14-18 pounds


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Conclusion

Hopefully, this list has helped you on your search for your perfect small breed dog that doesn’t bark much. It’s important to remember that no matter how quiet your dog is, training is still necessary. So consider getting a dog that’s not only quiet, but easy to train as well. If not, you could have double trouble – a loud mouth and a tough little rascal.

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