If you live in a tight-knit community where you can even hear your neighbors sneeze, you may be looking for the most silent canines out there. While a totally "barkless" dog still needs to be invented, there are some dogs that are less predisposed to sound the alarm respect to others. These are a few quiet fellows that may have you wondering at times if they will ever voice their opinion.
You may be surprised to see the greyhound on this list. Isn't this dog supposed to be sprinting on the racetracks rather than living in an apartment? Turns out this breed excels in sheer speed rather than endurance, so once he has released all his energy, he turns into a laid back dude that will curl up on your sofa and sleep for the rest of the day. Best of all, this couch potato dog seldom barks.
Pugs make perfect apartment dwellers. They are playful, mischievous dogs that are easily adaptable to almost any environment and lifestyle. What this breed seems to care the most is being by your side. A brief walk each day will make a pug happy and give him the license to sleep the day away. When it comes to noise, these fellows are pretty quiet and don't bark unless necessary, but they snort, snuffle and grunt. Oh, and they pass gas too.
OK, so you asked for a breed that doesn't bark much, so here you have it: the barkless dog from Africa, better known as the Basenji. Just because he doesn't bark though doesn't make him silent. Yes, you won't hear a bark from this guy, but you'll get a taste of his wide vocalization repertoire made up of yodels, whimpers and whines. Many people are attracted to these dogs and think of them as great apartment dogs, but don't realize they have a great deal of energy and can be destructive. Don't give up on this breed as of yet though: older Basenjis make wonderful apartment dogs according to Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
This pampered pooch with the sweetest expression is a natural lap warmer that will adjust quite well to life in an apartment or condo. Cavalier King Charles need only moderately exercise and a romp in the yard or a walk around the block should suffix. When it comes to barking, these fellows are for the most part quiet. They make poor watch dogs for the simple fact that they might or might not bark when a guest comes to the door.
If you want a dog that seldom barks, then the English bulldog may be the right pet for you. With its irresistible gloomy mug and typical shuffling gait, this breed is one of the most amiable of all breeds. It's a known fact that English bulldogs make poor watchdogs and are generally quiet, but as with the pug, be ready to deal with all other sorts of noises. Snorting, snuffling, wheezing, grunting, loud snoring and even some flatulence are all part of the package.
Adrienne Farricelli has been writing for magazines, books and online publications since 2005. She specializes in canine topics, previously working for the American Animal Hospital Association and receiving certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Her articles have appeared in "USA Today," "The APDT Chronicle of the Dog" and "Every Dog Magazine." She also contributed a chapter in the book " Puppy Socialization - An Insider's Guide to Dog Behavioral Fitness" by Caryl Wolff.