Quietest Dog Breeds: Top 5 Calm Canines Most Recommended By Experts

Dogs have a special place in the hearts and homes of many American families. Dogs are friends, companions, co-workers, sight guides, and even emotional support. Some dog lovers need a quiet pup that will stay calm, cool, and collected. Our list of the top five quietest dog breeds could lead readers to discover a new chill pup to call their own.

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For folks that want to enrich their lives with the addition of a furry friend who doesn’t bark too often, our list of the top five quietest dog breeds has you covered. Our sources introduced us to some of the most relaxed and calm canines. Let us know your opinion in the comments below!

Pug sleeping with its toy
Pug sleeping with its toy (Photo by Rebecca Campbell on Unsplash)

The List: Most Quiet Dog Breeds, Per Canine Experts

1. Pug

Pugs are popular with internet memes, but they are also amazing dogs in real life. These stout dogs live to love on their human. Top Dog Tips heaps praise on this breed, “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.”

Cute dog wrapped in blanket
Pug in a blanket (Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash)

“Pugs were originally the curious companions to Chinese emperors and once a treasure that only a select few could acquire. Today pugs make for the ideal house dog due to their quiet nature and have admirers from around the world,” posits Cuddle Clones.

Stacker says, “pugs started out in the imperial palaces of China and spread to Europe with sea traders in the 1500s. Pugs may bark, as they are territorial, but are more likely to make noises such as snoring, panting, and gulping.”

2. French Bulldog

French bulldogs are a photogenic breed that many people absolutely adore. These bright doggies respond well to training and can make great companions. “Frenchies are some of the cuddliest, laziest, and quietest dogs there are. Despite being tiny, they’re not particularly prone to barking, so while they won’t make great guard dogs per se, these little cuties make excellent companions,” remarks Parade Pets.

A French bulldog in a sweatshirt with a food bowl
French Bulldog (Photo by Karsten Winegeart on Unsplash)

“The companionable French bulldogs descend from bulldogs in England‘s lace-making regions who moved with their owners to France during the Industrial Revolution. The French bulldogs became popular in Parisian cafe society and can be spotted in paintings by Edgar Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec. They don’t bark much but do like to snuffle and make other noises when excited,” offers Stacker.

Woman’s Day adds, “You will, however, get similar snuffling and snoring noises as the pug with this breed.”

3. Newfoundland

Another calm and gentle dog, the Newfoundland is a beloved breed. Part of their appeal is that these smart pups can differentiate between everyday occurrences and danger, that will often prompt them to warn their family. In other words, these dogs often only bark when it’s appropriate. Wag! details further, “Newfies are furbulous family dogs, and while they’ll alert and defend their humans if there’s a threat, they’re not prone to barking from boredom or random sounds in the house. These are self-contained cuddle-pups whose docile, taciturn personalities make them ideal for homes where frequent barking would be disruptive.”

Newfoundland dog
Newfoundland dog (Photo by David W. Leindecker on Shutterstock)

“Giant Newfoundlands, known for having sweet dispositions, long worked onboard ships in the North Atlantic, adept at water rescues and hauling heavy fishing nets. Lewis and Clark took a Newfoundland on their 8,000-mile journey across America, and Robert Kennedy often was accompanied to his office as U.S. attorney general by his Newfoundland Brumus. Newfoundlands rarely bark unless provoked,” writes Stacker.

Daily Paws offers, “If you hoped for more big gentle dogs on this list, then you’ll love the Newfoundland! Newfs, as they’re called, are shaggy and enormous, sometimes standing 3 feet tall and weighing 200 pounds! Far from lazy, these dedicated but laid-back working dogs are fond of the great outdoors. Caring and even-tempered, Newfs tolerate the hubbub of family life well.”

4. Basenji

Basenji are an interesting breed because they are purported to lack the ability to bark. The details of this odd adaptation are outlined by our sources. Reader’s Digest claims, “The basenji is known as the ‘barkless dog,’ probably due to the unusual shape of their larynx that may make it virtually impossible to bark. But they communicate in other ways—namely, by yodeling… this quiet dog breed is smart and energetic and will need positive training and adequate exercise to be a happy companion.”

A Basenji licking his lips
A Basenji licking his lips (Photo by Hannah Lindahl on Unsplash)

“The Basenji or Africa’s ‘Barkless Dog’ is a unique breed and contender for the title of oldest AKC [American Kennel Club] breed. While it’s true the Basenji doesn’t bark, when they express themselves they make a unique sound that is something between a chortle and a yodel,” posits Cuddle Clones

“The basenji doesn’t bark. Instead, the breed makes a yodeling sound when vocalizing. These dogs are not especially noisy, but they are also not silent. When excited, expect the occasional yodel, squeal, or whine out of these energetic dogs,” writes The Spruce Pets.

5. Bernese Mountain Dog

Bernese Mountain Dogs have a reputation for being calm and gentle giants. As a large working dog, it may surprise some that they are reputed to be one of the most even-tempered breeds. Good Housekeeping explains, “Originally a working breed designed to help out on Swiss farms, these gentle giants now do well with young families thanks to their even-keeled nature. They will play favorites though, often becoming attached to one person in particular.”

black white and brown bernese mountain dog lying on green grass field during daytime
Bernese Mountain Dog (Photo by Jovana Askrabic on Unsplash)

Parade Pets exclaims, “Most Bernese Mountain Dogs aren’t very vocal, but every once and a while you’ll find one that has a lot to say. Luckily, this can be ‘fixed’ with some training. After all, if your Bernese Mountain Dog is barking non-stop, it’s most likely a sign of being underexercised!”

“Bernese Mountain Dogs are calm, good-natured, and strong. They’re known for being among the dogs that don’t bark and are very placid. However, they’re always ready to play or go on a long walk with their owner. They love to please people. If you live a busy life, these are the dog breeds that can be left alone,” states Reader’s Digest.

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    1. Hi Deb
      We must have Berners that are the exceptions. Our Bernese is over 12 years old. (Yes no exaggeration) He looks good but can’t get around all that good. As he has gotten older he has high anxiety. They are a great breed though and very loyal. We have walked/hiked thousands of miles together. How old is yours?

      1. We had a Berme she was very loyal ,loving loved to ride ,she loved to play hide and fine ,loved to play ball we even got her a baseball hat when we out in sun , she would bark when someone would come around more so with my wife at home we had her for 12 and half years she would play with neighbor kids very easy to train,smart

  1. I’m wondering why there never seems to be anything mentioned about
    the “German Pinscher”. They are wonderful pes and a very old breed?
    Thank you if you decide to include them. All the best and I do enjoy your
    coverage of our furry friends.. Bob Morlock, London Ontario, Canada

  2. Disagree with only one breed – the pug! These ugly little dogs are difficult to train, and extreme care must be taken when playing because becoming too animated may cause an eye to pop out!! Most large breeds are gentle giants. Most forgotten – the wonderful Great Dane. Perfect dog!!

    1. Ugly hahahhahah listen Pugs are famous for a reason! They’re the most adorable dogs. They are the most beautiful doggies on earth. Bye

      1. For the record, there’s actually A LOT of people who agree with Dolores.

        But, her opinion is wrong and everybody else so you jump right in and impose your own. Like it’s somehow a fact. Only yours could ever be right. Get over yourself!! Since you don’t like others voicing their opinions, you need to keep yours to yourself! Bye!

    2. Have to agree with Great Danes
      Most wonder to anyone’s family. Wants to be with and total companion.

  3. Whoever wrote this list smokes a lot of hallucinogenics. Pugs? Frenchie? Quiet??????
    2 of the happiest breeds EVER!!!!!!!!


    Bernese, Newfie & Basenhi yes
    Where is Golden retriever in this…most laid back breed there is, unless the owner creates a neurotic fog.

    Yet for most breeds…it always comes down to the owner.

    1. It’s a shame to blanket brachycephalic breeds altogether as “unhealthy”. I researched my breeder extensively and my dogs not only come from clean blood lines but are in perfect health. Not all pug owners or other flat faced breeds are bad people.

  4. Red Newfoundlands are high strung and nothing like the temperament of the black newfies… Avoid at all costs!….And a well bred Bernerese tends to make each and every person in the extended family feel like they are his favorite!

  5. The Rhodesian ridgeback is bred not to bark. Smart and athletic they are the best. We have a mix and has barked three times in three years.

  6. I have had 3 grandogs that were Bernese Mountain Dogs, and they have all been/continue to be the sweetest, mellowest dogs you could ever hope to have. And they are very loyal to their family.

  7. What about the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel? I hardly hear a peep out of my sweet Charlotte unless she’s hungry or has to go to the bathroom!

  8. Who creates these lists? Cat owners? Frenchies? Pugs? Bernese? Frenchies bark loud and Alot as do pugs. Berners are super sweet pups but tend to be anxious. Mine was quiet(ish) for a big dog though. Newfies are herd dogs so they wander and bark all night. Its instinct.
    Ive owned or have friends that own all of the dogs on the list and lovebthem all but the only truly quiet one is the Basenji…it doesnt have much choice. They can quietly woof and squeak but their voices arent made to bark. They hyper and anxious until they get older.

  9. I’m sorry. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 You clearly don’t have pugs. I have two. They sleep in crates on the first floor FOR A REASON. 😂😂😂 “Quietest dog” MY ASS.


  11. Whoever wrote this has obviously never owned a Burner. Loyal, yep. Strong, nearly psychotic, attachment to their chosen human, yep. Gentle with small children, yep, if you don’t count jumping on them. But CALM?!?! Not in my experience, not hardly, at least until they reach maturity. I’ll let you know if and when that happens

  12. Basenjis may be quiet but they are not passive dogs. They are a very aggressive breed used to hunt lions

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