For those who live in an apartment building with paper thin walls, a dog is not always a fond investment by your neighbors. This is especially so when the dog spends half of its day barking at things outside the window. Many apartment complexes even have clauses in their leases that say if you receive too many noise complaints about your dog than you will have to get rid of it. Whether you desire to not piss off your neighbors with a yappy dog or just want a quiet household, there are plenty of silent canine breeds out there. These dogs are naturally quiet so there is no need for cruel operations to remove their barks either.
Surprised about this breed making the list of quietest dog? It's true the Mastiff is a big breed with a big bark, but they rarely ever use it. In fact, most big breeds like Great Danes, Saint Bernard's, and Great Pyrenees all make great large dogs for people who want a quiet dog. It takes far too much effort for them to bark, I guess. However, when they do, everyone is sure to hear it. Though barking is quite the rare occurrence. For those who live in an apartment, big dogs like the Mastiff actually do make good apartment dogs, as long as they have a bit of room to move at times. Mastiffs and other big breeds are rather lazy dogs so they spend much of the time sleeping and laying around like a giant furry carpet.
While the greyhound is a world renowned fast runner, they are prized for their speed and not for their endurance. For those that live near a leash-free dog park, a greyhound is the perfect dog. After they spend all their energy on a solid sprint (which can be up to 40 miles per hour), they lounge around and sleep the rest of the day away like a giant couch potato. They are muscled, but smaller dogs that don't need that much space to roam around (though they do need to run) as well as having a sleek coat that does not shed much. The best part is that they rarely bark. In fact, some greyhound owners will own the dog their entire life time and never hear it.
However, greyhounds can be a bit defiant when it comes to training. Potty training in particular seems to be a huge battle for many greyhound owners. However, there are plenty of nice potty trained racing greyhounds that can no longer race and need a good home. So for those that don't want to fight it out with a greyhound puppy, consider adopting.
King Charles Spaniel
The King Charles Spaniel is another great choice for a quiet apartment dog. They will whine from time to time, but rarely ever use their bark. The King Charles Spaniel is an increasingly popular breed because at heart they are just furry little lab dogs. Though a little bigger than a lap dog should be. They love to cuddle and spend time with their owners. However, the King Charles Spaniel is not a good choice for dog owners who have to be away for long hours for their jobs. They love people and absolutely hate being alone. This is an excellent companion for stay at home parents or the work from home set. As long as their owners are around a fair bit, they are quite happy.
Like many dogs, the King Charles Spaniel can run the gamut in temperaments. Some are the best behaved and obedient dogs, while some can be the most stubborn dogs in the world. Regardless of their temperament, they respond best to consistent and positive training.
Bulldogs shuffle around, snort, snuffle, wheeze and grunt, sure, but bark? The bulldog hardly ever barks which makes them a popular quiet dog breed. However, owners should check with their lease owner before buying a bulldog. They can sometimes make the list of aggressive dogs like German Sheppards, Rottweilers, or Dobermans. While they can make the list do to the dogs violent past, English Bulldogs raised in a loving environment are the biggest sweethearts around. Who cannot love that gloomy little smooshed in face and their funny shuffling gait? It's like watching a small gorilla walk around on its knuckles.
Due to their compact face, the bulldog doesn't need much outside exercise. They love a good game of tug of war, but other than that they enjoy lounging around rather than an active lifestyle.
Like the English Bulldog, the pug enjoys a good snort or a sneeze due to its smooshed face but hardly ever musters up the energy to bark. The pug also takes after the bulldog in that it doesn't enjoy a lot of strenuous exercise due to its limited capacity for breathing and limited ability to regulate its own temperature. This makes the pug more prone to heat stroke, which makes it a perfect dog breed for owners who enjoy staying indoors.
The most loved aspect of the pug by all pug owners is their temperament. They are quite the little clowns, always doing silly things but too small to get into any real trouble. Plus they are quite the loyal dog, owners can expect them to sit outside of the bathroom and wait for them to be done. They'll essentially follow you anywhere you go. Though dog owners should be aware that both bulldogs and pugs are prone to some noisy snoring, but that should hardly be a noise issue.
Many of the non-barking dogs are particularly lazy dogs, so there are not too many options for those that need a quiet, yet active dog breed. The Irish Setter falls into both of their categories. The Irish Setter is a romping bundle of energy, for sure, however this energy is rarely funneled into random barking. It is the perfect dog for owners who enjoy going for a jog with their dog, but need it to stay at home and be quiet.
As long as the Irish Setter gets enough exercise, it will be quite well behaved and friendly. No grouchy outbursts or random destructive behavior. However, owners should be able to make the effort to give it the energy release that it needs. So for those who are not always diligent to their running schedule, this may not be a good choice in breed.