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Most popular dog breeds that keep it quiet

  • Most popular dog breeds that keep it quiet

    A dog’s bark can be worse than its bite if a pet is too noisy, anxious, or aggressive to be a good companion. Fortunately, lots of wonderful dogs are quiet, making the breeds good fits for families who need a calm environment, for close-quarter apartment living, or simply for homes that favor serenity.

    Some are rare, like North Africa’s sloughi, or little known in the West like the Japanese chin. Others are immensely popular like the affectionate pug and friendly golden retriever. Dogs that were raised for hunting like the Rhodesian ridgeback are among those that tend not to bark. Their breeding called for them to be stealthy and silent as they tracked prey.

    Herding dogs, too, are among the quietest. Dogs that rounded up sheep learned over generations to be quiet, as flocks can easily startle: A barking dog could create chaos. They often learned more effective ways to get their way than barking, whether it be rounding up wayward livestock or nipping them in the heels. Retrievers had little need to bark, following their nose to find and fetch downed prey.

    Indoor dog breeds like the Pekingese and English toy spaniels were taught to be quiet and well behaved for their roles in imperial palaces and aristocratic estate houses. Today they might be more often found curled up on a soft couch or in a comfortable lap. Others could use their might or their looks to better effect than a bark. A silent mastiff looks tough enough—a bark might just not be needed.

    Stacker used data from the American Kennel Club to rank dog breeds categorized as having an "infrequent" or "when necessary" barking level. Each of the 40 dog breeds is ranked by its AKC 2018 popularity rank, released in March 2019. Only dogs that have been registered with and ranked by the AKC are included in the list.

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  • #40. Sloughi

    - AKC popularity rank: #192 out of 193
    - Temperament: Reserved, graceful, noble
    - Height: 26-29 inches (male), 24-27 inches (female)
    - Weight: 35-50 pounds
    - Life expectancy: 10-15 years
    - AKC group: Hound group

    Uncommon in the United States, the sloughi descends from an ancient line of hounds that stealthily hunted game in the deserts of North Africa. Sloughis are lean and fast, with appealing dark eyes.

  • #39. Bergamasco sheepdog

    - AKC popularity rank: #187 out of 193
    - Temperament: Independent, sociable, intelligent
    - Height: 23.5 inches (male), 22 inches (female)
    - Weight: 70-84 pounds (male), 57-71 pounds (female)
    - Life expectancy: 13-15 years
    - AKC group: Herding group

    The Bergamasco sheepdog is big-boned, with a large head and a distinctive shaggy coat that forms long mats. The breed was common for centuries in the valleys of the Alps, where it was used to herd sheep; with a quiet patient nature, it kept the flocks from getting startled and running off.

  • #38. Cirneco dell’etna

    - AKC popularity rank: #183 out of 193
    - Temperament: Affectionate, friendly, independent
    - Height: 18-19.5 inches (male), 16.5-18 inches (female)
    - Weight: 22-26 pounds (male), 17-22 pounds (female)
    - Life expectancy: 12-14 years
    - AKC group: Hound group

    The cirneco hails from Sicily where images resembling the dog have been found on coins dating to 500 B.C. The hunting dog is skilled at chasing rabbits and birds. The breed almost died out in the 1930s, but a Sicilian aristocrat dedicated herself to bringing it back.

  • #37. Glen of Imaal terrier

    - AKC popularity rank: #174 out of 193
    - Temperament: Gentle, spirited, bold
    - Height: 12.5-14 inches
    - Weight: 32-40 pounds
    - Life expectancy: 10-15 years
    - AKC group: Terrier group

    From Ireland, the Glen of Imaal terrier was bred to be a quiet worker. Short, with bowed front legs, the terrier hunted badgers and fox and, also, according to legend, was used to turn spits for roasting meat over open fires.

  • #36. Irish water spaniel

    - AKC popularity rank: #159 out of 193
    - Temperament: Playful, hardworking, brave
    - Height: 22-24 inches (male), 21-23 inches (female)
    - Weight: 55-68 pounds (male), 45-58 pounds (female)
    - Life expectancy: 12-13 years
    - AKC group: Sporting group

    The Irish water spaniel, with its curly coat, tapered tail, and webbed feet, is a strong swimmer. It was bred to retrieve waterfowl for hunters. It tends to bark only when sending a warning.

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  • #35. Scottish deerhound

    - AKC popularity rank: #158 out of 193
    - Temperament: Gentle, dignified, polite
    - Height: 30-32 inches (male), 28 inches & up (female)
    - Weight: 85-110 pounds (male), 75-95 pounds (female)
    - Life expectancy: 8-11 years
    - AKC group: Hound group

    The Scottish deerhound is one of the tallest breeds of dogs. The breed is ancient, designed to hunt giant wild red deer in the Scottish Highlands. Historically it was so valuable that at one time no one with a rank below earl was allowed to own one.

  • #34. Nederlandse kooikerhondje

    - AKC popularity rank: #150 out of 193
    - Temperament: Friendly, alert, quick
    - Height: 15-17 inches (male), 14-16 inches (female)
    - Weight: 20-30 pounds
    - Life expectancy: 12-15 years
    - AKC group: Sporting group

    Images of the Nederlandse kooikerhondje, which are white and red with black tips on their ears and feathered tails, can be found in the 17th-century paintings of Dutch Masters. The dogs were bred for use in an ancient form of duck hunting, trained to respond to silent hand signs to help lure the birds into traps.

  • #33. Berger picard

    - AKC popularity rank: #144 out of 193
    - Temperament: Loyal, good-natured, observant
    - Height: 23.5-25.5 inches (male), 21.5-23.5 inches (female)
    - Weight: 50-70 pounds
    - Life expectancy: 12-13 years
    - AKC group: Herding group

    The shaggy berger picard is a French herding breed that can be traced back to ninth-century Celts in northern France. It is rare and nearly died out when the French region of Picardy was the scene of devastating battles and trench warfare during both World War I and World War II.

  • #32. Clumber spaniel

    - AKC popularity rank: #143 out of 193
    - Temperament: Mellow, amusing, gentlemanly
    - Height: 18-20 inches (male), 17-19 inches (female)
    - Weight: 70-85 pounds (male), 55-70 pounds (female)
    - Life expectancy: 10-12 years
    - AKC group: Sporting group

    The Clumber spaniel is a bird dog, and its long, low-slung build helps it maneuver through heavy brush to flush out fowl. Its name dates to the late 1700s in Nottinghamshire, England, where the Duke of Newcastle named the breed for his estate, Clumber Park. The dogs have found a home with British royalty, including George V, the grandfather of reigning Queen Elizabeth II, who bred them.

  • #31. English toy spaniel

    - AKC popularity rank: #135 out of 193
    - Temperament: Gentle, playful, intelligent
    - Height: 9-10 inches
    - Weight: 8-14 pounds
    - Life expectancy: 10-12 years
    - AKC group: Toy group

    The English toy spaniel was bred to be a quiet companion dog. Mary, Queen of Scots, is said to have been hiding a toy spaniel in her skirts when she was beheaded in 1587. The black and tan King Charles variety dates to Britain’s 17th-century monarchs Charles I and Charles II.

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