Many crave the companionship of a four-legged friend, but may not be up for the barking that comes with some breeds. Stacker curated a list of 16 dog breeds that generally keep the noise down.
Information from the American Kennel Club (AKC) helped to identify these hushful hounds including those with an official AKC Bark Level of “quiet.” Stacker ranked these soft-spoken dogs by popularity rank among all breeds and included their predicted weight and life expectancy.
This research reveals that size is not an indicator of whether a dog is noisy or quiet. The tiny Japanese Chin is on the roster as is the robust Akita. Whether you are in the market for a loyal lap dog or on the hunt for a wily wolfhound, this list of low-noise dogs may help you find your new, respectfully quiet, best friend.
Read on to learn more about these 16 dogs and some fetching facts unique to each.
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Popularity rank (2017): #158
This gentle, but spirited dog is of medium size, weighs between 32 and 40 pounds, and will live for 10 to 15 years. Named for a remote spot in Ireland, the Glen of Imaal terrier is designed for hard work.
Popularity rank (2017): #108
This diminutive dog weighs between 7 and 11 pounds, and will live for about a decade to 12 years. The breed's royal hallmarks include grace and being particularly quiet.
Popularity rank (2017): #76
The chow chow is a muscular canine, weighing between 40 and 70 pounds, and living from 8 to 12 years. The primitive, territorial dog is thought to be one of the more dangerous breeds in America. Chow chows are incredibly protective of their family; they have been famously welcome in the homes of President Calvin Coolidge and Martha Stewart.
Popularity rank (2017): #45
The most popular dog in Japan, the Shiba Inu will live to be 13 to 16 years. The small (between 17 and 23 pounds) dog is muscular and happy in a city or rural setting.
Popularity rank (2017): #5
Don't let the sourpuss of the bulldog fool you: This loyal pet will bring you a great deal of happiness. This hefty dog likes to nap, weighs between 40 and 50 pounds, and lives to be 8 to 10 years old.