Table of Contents
- Why Do Some Dog Breeds Bark More than Others?
- 30 Most Quiet Dog Breeds for Apartment Living
- 1. Pug
- 2. Great Dane
- 3. Basenji
- 4. Whippet
- 5. Bernese Mountain Dog
- 6. Borzoi
- 7. Chinese Shar-Pei
- 8. Collie
- 9. Italian Greyhound
- 10. Newfoundland Dog
- 11. Saint Bernard
- 12. Saluki
- 13. Irish Setter
- 14. Rhodesian Ridgeback
- 15. Golden Retriever
- 16. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
- 17. Bullmastiff
- 18. The Great Pyrenees
- 19. Chinook
- 20. Scottish Deerhound
- 21. Sloughi
- 22. English Bulldog
- 23. Leonberger
- 24. English Toy Spaniel
- 25. Bolognese
- 26. Azawakh
- 27. Afghan Hound
- 28. Swedish Vallhund
- 29. Japanese Chin
- 30. Akita
- Honorable Mentions
- Quietest Dog Breeds for Apartments: FAQs
- Before You Go…
Ever considered adopting quiet dog breeds for your apartment?
Then hooman, you are contemplating the right thing.
The truth is, complaints about barking dogs topped the informal survey conducted by The New York Times in 2011.
And in a different interview with Sgt. Dustin Delridge of the Montana Police Department, “Barking definitely affects people’s lives.”
Along with the police report, a local complained about 3 Rottweilers howling like “blow horns or subwoofers” in their neighborhood each night.
Man, that's annoying.
Despite that these are innocent animals, the owners could have done something, right?
And I couldn't agree more with what spcaLA president, Madeline Bernstein, said:
“It’s really important to ‘think before you adopt’ and determine if you have the time, the lifestyle and the schedule to give a dog the kind of care he or she needs.”
I know getting a dog is exciting, but it sure is nerve-wracking, too.
And as a first-time pup parent, I thought feeding and bathing them were enough.
Spoiler alert: Dogs can get all kinds of crazy.
They can be really needy; they'll do anything to get your attention.
And each time your furball gets a little extra, you need to triple up your patience meter.
… and probably a little more for your neighbors, too.
So today, I came up with a list of the 30 quietest dog breeds I know that will suit your apartment life.
And hopefully, this will help you get started with your pup-parenting adventure and keep your neighbor-of-the-year badge, too.
Why Do Some Dog Breeds Bark More than Others?
Dogs are bred for different reasons.
And while dog breeds vary, you can't deny getting annoyed by your pup's loud barking sometimes.
So, here are some factors to consider why some dogs bark a lot.
Genetics and Instinct
According to a study, barking is found to be more than just an instinct in canines.
And experts claim that it:
“…provides information for humans about the inner state of the dog although there are few indications that barking is used for intra-species communication.”
The tendency to bark isn't the only factor to consider here, though.
The type of bark matters, too.
And depending on the dog and its intentions, the frequency of bark can range from 160 Hz up to 2630 Hz.
Some dogs also have a higher barking tendency due to certain medical conditions that affect their well-being.
Quiet or not, dogs tend to bark due to health problems, such as:
Meanwhile, some dog breeds rarely bark due to specific health conditions as well.
For instance, the Bouvier des Flandres is known to have paralysis of the larynx as an inherited condition, making them bark less.
Another thing to consider why your dogs bark a lot is their temperament and personality.
While they have a gazillion reasons to be loud, pups also come in different packages.
And the more emotionally sensitive or vocal your dog is, well, you already know the drill.
But in most cases, it comes down to meeting your dog's needs, such as the following:
When I got my first dog, one thing I regret is keeping it away from other pets at home.
I thought I was protecting it from fights, aggression, and whatnot.
Anything can happen, right?
I admit I was a bit paranoid.
Unfortunately, my protectiveness only made my dog hate every animal it meets; the more when it sees me getting close to other pets.
And believe it or not, my spoiled boy doesn't even want to mate, too.
Plus, the excessive barking.
So, if it's your first time getting a dog, then listen up.
Don't be afraid to take your pups outside and let their paws on the dirt.
Allow them to socialize as much as you can. The earlier you start, the friendlier they get as they mature.
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30 Most Quiet Dog Breeds for Apartment Living
The first on the list is the very famous and lovely pet dog, the Pug.
Who wouldn't want one?
You'll get a couch potato, a power napper, and a peacemaker all wrapped into one adorable pooch.
And yup, Pugs only bark when they feel extremely threatened or are, of course, starving.
Though you may notice heavy breathing in your Pugs, this is due to their shorter snouts.
Okay, back to the pros.
There's no wonder why they're one of the most popular dogs out there — they rarely get you into trouble.
And personality aside, a Pug's adorable, heart-melting look takes the credit, too.
Don't you get mesmerized by those eyes?
Regardless of their terrifying size, the Great Dane is considered one of the quietest dogs you can have.
And not just that, this canine is one of the most intelligent breeds, too.
Looks can be deceiving.
You might get intimidated by their stance and leader-like build.
But, you'll rarely hear Great Danes bark the loudest.
And if you can fit this loving and calm dog into your apartment, it's certainly one of the best home buddies you can snuggle with.
Well, if you've heard a Basenji barking before, consider yourself lucky.
Because out of all the quietest canines, the Basenji takes the cake for one simple reason — they just don't bark at all.
But like any other dog breed, Basenjis come with their own set of cons.
Nothing really alarming, though.
They just make yodeling noises.
Ever heard or watched Tarzan yell?
Yup, that's pretty much like it.
But as interesting as it sounds, Basenjis don't always yodel. In fact, they rarely do.
Trivia: Basenjis are bred for lion hunting in Africa, thanks to their yodeling skills and extreme intelligence.
Despite their silent nature, Basenjis aren't the best for first-time or busy owners as they can be difficult to care for.
Basenjis are independent dog breeds with oozing guts of steel and high energy.
Caring for one requires regular physical activities to prevent boredom.
If you're looking for small couch potatoes, then this slender hunting dog makes a great cuddle buddy.
Popularly known as hunter's best friend, Whippets can stand a day without making any sound.
But make no mistake, this Greyhound-like pooch will not back off at running sessions with you.
What makes Whippets even more ideal for apartment living?
They have little to no barking tendencies.
Despite their high energy level, the Whippet is an independent breed with little need for attention.
Imagine coming home from a day's work and seeing this fluffy pooch greet you as soon as you open the door…
Ain't that great, hooman?
You could be looking at that one, missing piece in your apartment.
The Bernese Mountain Dog, everyone.
Despite their big size and Rottweiler look, this canine breed is very gentle and quiet.
Constantly seeking new friends and adventure, the Bernese Mountain Dog is one of the friendliest you can ever have.
Not to mention, their politeness and affection towards their owners, strangers, and other animals.
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Next on our list is the Borzoi dog breed.
As a legendary Russian hunting dog, Borzois are extremely smart and protective of their owners.
They're one of the fastest dogs on the planet, too.
What makes Borzoi a perfect roommate?
Well, they're very tranquil in the presence of strangers. Plus, they're one of the quietest dogs you can adopt.
While seemingly the exact opposite of a guard dog, just be sure not to mess around with their hoomans.
Remember: Borzois are large dog breeds. A larger space is suitable for them.
A very unique, teddy bear-like breed, the Chinese Shar-Pei definitely makes a great companion to spend an evening binge-watching your favorite TV series.
And despite their mighty origins as guard dogs in ancient China, their charm magnets a lot of dog parents in the world today.
What's more, this canine breed is surprisingly calm and more affectionate to humans than other animals.
So, keep that trait in mind.
They're guard dogs, after all; they'll alert you when they perceive danger or threat.
But overall, Chinese Shar-Peis makes a great apartment buddy with little to no tolerance for harmless noise.
Known for their herding ability, Collies‘ intelligence is more dominant than their barking tendencies.
If you've watched the 1994 film called Lassie, you'll know what I mean.
Not only are they the quietest dogs out there, but Collies also make the perfect indoor companions for apartment dwellers.
Despite their home buddy traits, Collies need regular exercise because of their high energy level.
But nothing to worry about; they’re extremely trainable, polite, and obedient.
A little reminder though, Collies require a lot of grooming and maintenance.
So, if you're allergic to danders and fur, bear this in mind.
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A rare breed to see in an apartment these days is an Italian Greyhound.
But, that's definitely not due to them being noisy in any way.
In fact, they're prone to noise stress and crowdy areas.
Needless to say, pointless barking is the last thing on their agenda.
But, Italian Greyhounds prefer a calm living space.
So, consider this factor if you're living in a bustling city.
10. Newfoundland Dog
Another gigantic yet calm breed, the Newfoundland Dog is famous for its I-don't-give-a-damn attitude.
And if you're the introverted type, then you've found your perfect match.
Netflix and chill on a weekend? No problem!
With their bear-like size and appearance, nothing makes your place a little cozier than a cuddly Newfoundland pooch by your side.
Plus, they're friendly and very protective.
So, if you have the ideal apartment size and time to groom this working breed, then get this dog a spot at home.
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Speaking of working dog breeds, here's another famous one — Saint Bernard.
Known for working on life-saving missions, Saint Bernard dogs are very sociable and loving.
You can also barely hear them barking, except when strangers are around.
Still, Saint Bernards are very collected in their living space and generally good for apartment living, especially when trained at an early age.
The Saluki is a gorgeous, silk-haired sighthound known for its hunting skills and abilities.
They are quite reserved and generally keep things to themselves.
While they distance themselves from strangers, their affection for their owner is unquestionable.
They get noisy sometimes though, but nothing you can't handle.
When training a Saluki puppy, this pup can be the quietest breed out there.
13. Irish Setter
The Irish Setter dog isn't just your typical breed, but you've probably seen them in tons of TV ads.
Besides their media gig, Irish Setters are absolutely family favorites, too.
Despite being a keen gun dog, it never consumes its energy on nuisance barking.
And since these gun dog breeds have high energy levels, you should stick to a regular playtime or physical routine.
While their coat requires grooming, they are a lovable and loyal breed that is easy to care for.
14. Rhodesian Ridgeback
Rhodesian Ridgeback is a pompous breed with mighty history as lion hunters.
With their Rhodesian roots, they're one of the best guard dogs you can find.
Despite their protective instinct, their devotion toward their owners is impressive.
You'll often find them in front of you, taking the lead in the face of threats before letting out a noise.
I better not move a muscle if I were that bad guy, though.
But when everything's clear and safe, Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs are one of the most silent breeds for you.
15. Golden Retriever
Easily the most recognizable and popular breed in America, the Golden Retriever is a true people-lover with a free and friendly spirit, overflowing with energy and the desire for adventure.
There, I said it one breathing.
Personality-wise, Golden Retrievers are basically that one friend you like hanging out with all the time.
And guess what, no one-sided love exists in their world, too.
They'll love spending time with you and adore you until they call it a day.
Goldens, as usually called, do make noise now and again.
They'll let out a bark or two when they’re excited (which they most often are).
But if their energy is exhausted at physical activities, noisiness is the last thing you can expect.
So, remember to exercise your Golden Fidos, or else they'll get a little extra.
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Petite, playful, and affectionate, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are another canine breeds that will swoon in your heart.
And with those dangling ears, this royal pooch is definitely a head-turner.
What's more, they'll love you for eternity, too.
Well, that sounded a bit too much.
But, really. They tend to get too attached to the point that you leaving them for a bathroom break scares them.
And while their emotions sometimes make them stubborn, a little loving and training will always do the trick.
As long as you feed your Spaniels the appropriate food and exercise them regularly, this lazy dog breed will stay healthy and live a long time.
That, paired with their size, makes them a great dog for small apartments, too.
Plus, Spaniels will bark to alert you in threatening scenarios.
Besides that, they're okay with being couch potatoes due to their moderate energy levels.
The Bullmastiff is the perfect example of loyalty among canines; they embody will and devotion.
Like Great Danes, the Bullmastiff's sheer size, weight, and nature are enough to intimidate an entire room even without letting a single breath.
Let alone, a bark.
But, let me assure you: This is a tranquil dog that's great with people as long as you have room for its size.
And because of their working instinct, they're overprotective of their owners and family members.
Lastly, Bullmastiffs bark less.
But… they do snore (and fart) a lot.
At least, not loud enough to wake the neighbors, right?
18. The Great Pyrenees
It’s wonderful that there are so many large breeds on this list, isn't it?
Well, they usually come with big hearts.
No doubt about it.
So, taking our 18th spot today is the Great Pyrenees.
They don't just make perfect apartment buddies, Great Pyrenees dogs are brilliant animals with a steady temperament.
Patient, calm, and smart, they're undeniably wonderful family dogs.
Plus, Great Pyrenees dogs are easy to train and obedient to instructions.
They're not easily bothered by anything or anyone, too.
The Chinook is a scarce breed of sled dog that originated in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
You will rarely see them as pet dogs in most places across the U.S.
But, they're also great companions for apartment living.
Because why not?
Chinooks are very patient and intelligent dogs; they're popular for their devotion to and pleasing their owner.
And they go well around other pets, too.
Despite their vocal tendencies at times, the Chinook dog is happy as long as you are.
It won’t bark if you don’t give them the cue for it, which is why it's on our quietest dog breeds list.
So, as long as you train your Fido right and show an example of what not to do, Chinooks are an easy winner on the list.
20. Scottish Deerhound
The Scottish Deerhound is one of the quietest dog breeds by nature and would take running over barking any day.
As the name implies, this big, slender dog was bred for deer hunting and assisting hunters in the wild.
These dogs may be large, but they are also gentle and extremely friendly.
Most notably, Scottish Deerhound dogs bond strongly with their owners.
Despite their low barking tendencies, they need a lot of space to romp.
So, city dwellers need to take them for frequent jaunts in the park.
And if you're a fitness junkie, you've found your perfect match!
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As another large (and stubborn) breed on the list, this pooch might appear a little intimidating for your preference.
But, the Sloughi dog deserves a spot in your apartment.
They're sleek, tidy, silent, and (very) affectionate to their owners.
Although they're not receptive to strangers that much, Sloughis are highly committed to maintaining the atmosphere you impose after you train them.
Despite their unsuitability for first-time dog owners, this mighty Fido is one of the most loyal companions you'll ever meet.
Even for experienced pup owners, teaching and handling challenging pets like Sloughis need lots of understanding, time, and patience.
22. English Bulldog
Photo caption: Feed me hooman, then I should be fine.
Popular for its laziness, it's not a surprise to see the English Bulldog on this tally.
Too lazy to let out a bark, this wrinkly fur-riend prefers to lay down, eat, cuddle, and exercise.
Though, a little.
So, if there aren't a lot of things going on in your apartment life, these buddies are perfect.
With no need for a lengthy introduction, English Bulldogs are the epitome of, well, a chill life.
Another gigantic breed with a placid and affectionate nature, the Leonberger is a friend like no other.
Just like any other large breed on this list, Leonbergers do not bark to intimidate.
What sets these dogs apart from the other large breeds mentioned above is that they require more training than usual.
They also have great instincts for protecting their owners and homes, as well as one of the strongest bites of all dogs.
This breed is still very polite and sweet, nonetheless.
24. English Toy Spaniel
Often confused as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the English Toy Spaniel is another popular small breed with low barking tendencies.
Like its relative, this Spaniel dog breed is also one of the most affectionate dogs you can adopt.
They'll love you like you're the last hooman on earth.
Not only are they tiny, but their loyalty and calmness fit perfectly for your apartment life, too.
What's even more adorable?
The English Toy Spaniel prefers your company over anything.
As long as you stick together, everything should be fine.
So, if you can share more playtime with them, they'll love it.
The Bolognese is another option for anyone in need of a silent furry roommate.
While this dog loves to be with you, there'll be times when it unleashes its stubbornness and sneaky tactics to get what it wants.
Although debatable, the Bolognese may overwhelm first-time or busy pet owners due to its tricky personality.
However, a bit of dog training basics, conditioning, and patience will help lessen this behavior.
Up for the challenge?
You'll get another loyal buddy if you do.
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Surely one of the most ancient breeds on this list, the Azawakh was named after its roots in the Azawakh Valley in Sahara.
While loyal, protective, and (slightly) arrogant in nature, the Azawakh's politeness assures it's got your back no matter what.
And as long as their needs are met, they don't see any reason to bark other than to alert you in times of threat.
While generally a silent breed, Azawakhs need regular exercise and stimulating dog toys to complement their moderate energy levels.
27. Afghan Hound
Regal. Elegant. Rare.
Such short words to describe this long-haired pooch, you'll definitely be in awe at the sight of the Afghan Hound.
This dog is a luxuriously coated breed that's believed to have existed long before Christianity.
While often silent, Afghan Hounds require tedious grooming and bathing.
So, if you travel a lot or are busy most of the time, this is a factor to take note of.
Nevertheless, these breeds are often seen with pet owners living in apartments with ease.
Being one of the most beautiful dogs, you'll also notice them as familiar contenders in dog shows.
Despite their grooming needs, their quiet nature and lax temperament make them perfect companions for the right type of owner.
28. Swedish Vallhund
The Swedish Vallhund is a cute dog breed that's popularly known as a workforce auxiliary.
They may look similar to Corgis, but Swedish Vallhunds are far less vocal.
Because of their active lifestyle and intelligence, this canine breed needs lots of physical activities.
With this factor in mind, Swedish Vallhunds need active owners, too.
The more time they spend burning off their energy, the lesser their barking tendencies become.
29. Japanese Chin
The Japanese Chin is a small, long-furred breed that can be a tranquil dog if treated right.
Despite popular belief in smaller dogs, the Japanese Chin is a pretty calm pooch and will stay silent most of the time.
Unlike many other small breeds, they have low barking tendencies and moderate energy levels as well.
And most importantly, they're 100% lovey-dovey to you and other pets, too.
So if you're looking for the quietest dog breed that doesn't need lots of attention, the Japanese Chin is for you.
The final pick on most quiet dog breeds is another popular and well-loved pooch – Akita.
Akita dogs receive a lot of recognition in Japan, their country of origin.
Known as the Silent Hunter, an Akita's prey drive is similar to a cat's.
Besides their hunting skills, this canine breed's loyalty is evidenced by the real-life story of Hachiko.
You better get tissues ready before watching that movie.
Perfect for apartment dwellings, a few things to take note of are the Akita's stubborn temperament and distant attitude towards other pets.
Despite this challenge, they are an intelligent breed.
With regular training and conditioning, they easily make the best companions at home.
Want more options for your next apartment dog?
Here are our runner-ups!
Note: While the following breeds do well in apartment living, they may differ in barking tendencies in any way.
- American Eskimo Dog
- American Hairless Terrier
- Australian Terrier
- Boston Terrier
- Border Terrier
- Bichon Frise
- Brussels Griffon
- Biewer Terrier
- Bedlington Terrier
- Basset Hound
- Basset Fauve de Bretagne
- Cardigan Welsh Corgi
- Cairn Terrier
- Cocker Spaniel
- Chinese Crested
- Coton de Tulear
- Cesky Terrier
- French Bulldog
- Lhasa Apso
- Manchester Terrier
- Miniature Pinscher
- Silky Terrier
- Shih Tzu
- Shiba Inu
- Toy Fox Terrier
- Yorkshire Terrier
Quietest Dog Breeds for Apartments: FAQs
Which dog breed is the quietest?
The quietest dog breeds include the Bulldog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bernese Mountain Dog, French Bulldog, Borzoi, Basenji, and Scottish Deerhound.
What is the best dog to have in an apartment?
Poodles, Pugs, and Shih Tzus are among the best dogs to have in an apartment. For other great choices, check out the complete list above.
What dog breeds are not allowed in apartments?
Each apartment will have its own rules. That said, the breeds that apartments are most likely to ban include Pit Bull Terriers, German Shepherds, Cane Corsos, Staffordshire Terriers, Rottweilers, Mastiffs, Great Danes, and Akitas.
Which dog breed is the most laid-back?
The Bernese Mountain Dog is the most laid-back. Other laid-back breeds include Chinese Crested dogs, French bulldogs, Clumber Spaniels, Chihuahuas, Bullmastiffs, and Bulldogs.
What is the calmest dog?
Some calmest dogs include the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Irish Setter, St. Bernard, Irish Wolfhound, Greyhound, Pekingese, and Scottish Deerhound.
Before You Go…
Among all the quietest dog breeds mentioned in our list, it's vital to know that even the most silent ones can have barking tendencies.
And this is a result of several factors, such as illnesses, genetics, personality, and life-threatening scenarios.
Another important thing to remember is to prepare and equip yourself as a pet owner.
Whether dogs are innately quiet or not, the general rule of thumb is to give them the time, love, and commitment they need to make the most of their lives.
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