You want a small dog breed, but you don’t want him to bark and be yippy (like many small dogs can be). Then you don’t want my Lola, she is a Chihuahua! She is quiet all day until the doorbell rings, or my neighbor knocks on the door and then she lets the world know she is there. Don’t worry, there are small dog breeds out there that will meet your needs for them to, well, be small, and also quiet.
Small Breeds That Don’t Bark- Much
Norwegian Lundehund: I have not heard of this guy before, and it turns out he is pretty rare to the US. He is sometimes referred to as The Puffin Dog, as he was originally bred to catch Puffin birds in the Norwegian islands (how cool is that?!) Even his anatomy is very different, his neck bends almost all the way back! As you might guess, he has a thick coat to keep him warm is the cold Norwegian climate. He is quiet and loyal but can be quite stubborn!
French Bulldog: This adorable pudge does great in apartment living because doesn’t bark much. He is sweet and charming and doesn’t require much grooming. If you live in the countryside, he will like that too. He will also like to keep the spot on your couch warm while you are away! A daily walk will suit him just fine, and some playing in the house.
Shiba Inu: He looks like a fox, so beware when you are walking around at night! He should never be left alone off leash (or with you off leash!) he has a strong prey drive, he will take off when he spots something. The Shiba Inu will enjoy jogging but also be a great indoor buddy. He is independent, so if you are turned off by a dog who is always in your face and needing attention, he isn’t like that. Bonus, he is easy to groom!
English Toy Spaniel: This black and brown beauty has long floppy ears that make it look like he has long black hair! He is similar to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel but not quite as well known. He is quiet and adaptable to any living situation, as long as he can be near you.
Chinese Crested: Every time I see a photo of a Chinese Crested dog, I laugh, but in a good way. He has such a unique look about him! He is quiet, but he also prefers to be close to his owners at all times. This quirky looking fella doesn’t do well when left alone for long periods of time, he is a bit sensitive. If you fall in love with his look, be sure to have a few sweaters for him, he gets cold easily as he is hairless, unless you opt for his brother the Powder Puff type.
All dogs bark, it’s how they communicate, but there are some (as I have found for you) that are quieter than others. Unfortunately, small dogs have a bad rap for being yippy barkers. Let’s stop the discrimination against small dogs! On a more serious note, if barking does become a problem, there is some training you can do with him to help him to understand when it is ok to bark and when he needs to be quiet.
Are you the proud owner of a small dog breed who is (or isn’t) quiet? What breed did you choose for your family? Share your stories with the rest of us!