All dogs, of course, make noise—and many of them are joyful noises. Fact is, no dog is entirely silent. If you have hardwood floors, you can sometimes hear them scampering around no matter where you are in the house. And, if they see something that interests—or saddens—them, dogs are known to whimper and howl. Sometimes loudly.
However, when we speak about "quiet breeds," it's generally understood to mean "breeds that are calm, easygoing, and less likely to bark." Which leads us to this list of dogs that fit that description:
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- Chinese Shar-Pei
- Chow Chow
- Clumber Spaniel
- French Bulldog
- Saint Bernard
It's important to remember that dogs are every bit as individual as humans. Just because one Chow Chow isn't prone to barking, doesn't mean that his littermate will have the same quiet tendencies.
Quietness is just one of the many personality traits you can use to help determine if a breed is right for you. For a better picture of the breeds that are a perfect match for your family, try our Select-A-Dog® tool.