20 Larger Dog Breeds That Rarely Bark

Dogs have a tendency to bark, but some breeds on the larger end of the spectrum are a little less noisy than you might expect.

Dr. Jerry Klein, chief veterinary officer of the American Kennel Club (AKC), explains that while some dogs are quieter, no breed other than the Basenji is “barkless”.

He told Newsweek, “Barking is a dog’s primary method of communicating with others – much like how humans speak to communicate.

“Some races (regardless of size) are naturally quieter, while others are naturally louder.

“This may also have something to do with what they were originally bred to do, such as guarding cattle and alerting their owners.

“Dogs may bark because they see animals outside, others bark out of boredom, or they want attention or because they are struggling with separation anxiety.

“The best way to deal with a dog that barks a lot (or any other dog) is to give it plenty of mental stimulation, physical activity, and human interaction.

“This will keep the dog happy and dampen unnecessary barking.”

Newsweek counts down the larger than average breeds of dogs that bark very rarely.

Please note that only the first seven of the following large dog breeds are recognized by the AKC as rarely barking.

1. Newfoundland

The majestic Newfoundland breed is large, powerful, good-natured and, luckily, surprisingly quiet
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This majestic breed is large, powerful, good-natured, and luckily, surprisingly calm.

Dr. Klein told Newsweek, “They are good pets for families and are known as ‘nannies’ for children.”

2. Greyhounds

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Greyhounds are friendly, sociable dogs that are well behaved and calm at home
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Greyhounds are best known as the fastest breed of dog in the world, which means these lithe pets need regular opportunities to run.

Dr. Klein adds that they are a breed known for keeping barking to a minimum, stating, “Greyhounds are friendly, sociable dogs that are well behaved and calm at home.”

3. Scottish Deerhounds

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The Scottish Deerhound is a coursing dog breed that rarely barks
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The Scottish Deerhound is a coursing dog that is considered to be one of the largest breeds of dogs.

Dr. Klein said, “They are well behaved and calm like older dogs and are loyal pets.”

4. Azawakh

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The Azawakh is valued by its owners – and their neighbors – for its low tendency to bark or howl
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This West African greyhound is a lean and quick hunter who is often referred to as being especially protective of his human family.

This breed of dog is valued by their owners – and their neighbors – for their low tendency to bark or howl.

5. Great Dane

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Great Danes owners might be attracted to these dogs’ reluctance to bark most of the time
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Dr. Klein describes the Great Dane as “a large breed that likes to be content, is friendly and enjoys human contact”.

Potential owners of this pet, also known as the German Mastiff, may also be attracted by these dogs’ reluctance to bark most of the time.

6. Chow chow

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The Chow Chow is very popular with those who want a dog that doesn’t bark as much as others
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With their stocky and sturdy frame and lion-like features, the Chow Chow breed has one of the most distinctive looks in the world for a dog.

These purebred pets are very sought after by those who want a dog that doesn’t bark as much as others.

7. Chinese Shar Pei

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The Chinese Shar Pei allegedly only barks when he has the feeling that something is wrong
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The Chinese Shar Pei is usually aloof and aloof towards strangers, but remains devoted to his family.

This from Dr. Small animals described as “very intelligent” supposedly only bark when they have the feeling that something is wrong.

8. St. Bernard

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St. Bernard dogs make calm, dignified family friends
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These large working dogs from the western Alps are sacred in both name and demeanor.

And these heroic dogs, famous for their rescue work, are valued for their patience and make calm, dignified family friends.

9. Irish setter

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Irish setters only bark when they feel their family is threatened
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Bred to hunt, the handsome Irish setter needs plenty of exercise to maintain his health and cheerful demeanor.

And because this intelligent breed can form strong bonds with their owners, Irish Setters will only bark when they feel their family is threatened.

10. Rhodesian Ridgeback

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The Rhodesian Ridgeback is characterized by a low tendency to bark and snore
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These large-sized pooches were bred in the southern part of Africa for their ability to hunt and watch.

And these lovely dogs are also known to have low tendencies to bark and snore.

11. Afghan hound

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Afghan hounds are also easy to live with as they rarely bark and require relatively little exercise
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This most glamorous breed of dog is easily recognized by its thick, fine, and ultra-shiny fur.

Aside from grooming, these large pets are also easy to live with as they rarely bark and require relatively little exercise.

12. Chinook

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The Chinook is significantly less loud than many other dog breeds
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These all-round handy dogs are ideal for rolling, from hiking to dog sports to entertaining children.

However, while these dogs are significantly less noisy than many other breeds, their propensity to dig can occasionally annoy their owners.

13. Dalmatians

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Dalmatians are an extremely calm breed of dog
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The Dalmatian is a dog on the larger end of the spectrum known for its white fur that is marked with distinctive black spots.

This breed is also extremely quiet, which means they may not utter a bark even if a stranger intrudes on their territory.

14. Saluki

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The Saluki is related to the Greyhound, so it should come as no surprise how little these dogs bark
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The ancient Saluki breed is extremely light, fast, and is considered very loyal to their human family.

Since these dogs are related to the greyhound, it should come as no surprise how little these dogs bark.

15. Borzoi

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The borzoi breed has a tendency not to bark
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Also known as the Russian hunting greyhound, the borzoi was first bred as a hunting dog, which became popular as a companion to kings and queens.

These royal canines are known for being extra calm and collected, which is reflected in their propensity to bark.

16. Collie

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Collies are the perfect companions for young families and usually bark very rarely
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These purebred animals are, without a doubt, best known for entertaining generations of children on the television show Lassie and for their phenomenal ability to tend sheep.

These gentle dogs are perfect companions for young families and usually bark very rarely.

17. Great Pyrenees

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The dogs of the Great Pyrenees are relaxed and quite calm companions
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These intelligent dogs were once bred to protect flocks of sheep from predators, which means they are often ideal companions.

And while this breed may require a lot of attention when exercising, they are relaxed and reasonably calm dogs.

18. Akita

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The Akita dog breed has a laid-back nature, which means that they rarely bother people with their bark.
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Hailing from the mountains of Japan, this large breed is alert, intelligent, and protective of its pack.

And while these lovely creatures can take a lot of training, it is in their laid-back nature that they rarely bother humans with their barks.

19. Australian cattle dog

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The calm demeanor of the Australian Cattle Dog matches its even temperament and tendency not to be loud
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These sturdy, intelligent, and active dogs, bred to herd cattle for long distances, are considered extremely loyal to their masters.

The calm demeanor of the Australian Cattle Dog corresponds to its balanced temperament and tendency not to be loud even when excited.

20. Bernese Mountain Dog

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The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large breed that is not very vocal
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The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large and versatile breed with a friendly and calm character.

And despite its sheer size, this breed is never imposing and a Bernese often prefers to stay away from strangers than bark at them.

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