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Small Dogs that Don’t Bark

Many small dog breeds have a reputation for barking quite a bit.  Some small dogs are known to be downright yappy and will bark non-stop.  Therefore, finding small dog breeds that don’t bark much can be challenging.  However, here are a few breeds that are usually quiet and don’t bark much.

Shih Tzu

Most owners agree that the Shih Tzu is usually quiet in the home and doesn’t bark much.  These are sweet, playful dogs that are quite friendly. They are generally trusting and they don’t spend their time looking for intruders. They are a wonderful companion dog.  The Shih Tzu stands up to 11 inches tall and weighs up to 16 pounds.  They have a beautiful long, flowing coat.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a sweet, gentle breed.  They are devoted to their owners and love being with them. Owners say that these dogs don’t bark much. They are more interested in what you are doing and spending time with you.  This is a beautiful breed with a long coat.  They stand about 13 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh up to 18 pounds.


The Bulldog is larger than the Toy dogs but they make an excellent family companion. They are sweet, loving dogs who are devoted to their owners.  They love children.  They do not bark much.  They prefer to cuddle up and nap.  The Bulldog can weigh up to 50 pounds.

Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier is a quiet, gentle dog who prefers to stay close to his owner.  These dogs don’t bark much.  They are almost cat-like in their grooming habits and very clean.  They make a devoted pet. They come in three size ranges:  up to 15 pounds; 15-20 pounds; and 20 to 25 pounds.

Italian Greyhound

The Italian Greyhound is an intelligent, playful breed that doesn’t bark much.  Like his larger cousins the Greyhound and the Whippet, the Italian Greyhound is rather laid back and peaceful.  They are a gentle breed. They are affectionate and they do like attention but they are not loud or noisy. They prefer to be with their owners.  They do need a daily walk.  The Italian Greyhound stands up to 15 inches tall at the shoulder.


Small Dogs that Don’t Bark All of the breeds discussed here are generally quiet breeds, although there can be individual exceptions. The best way to find out about a breed and whether it barks a lot or not is by talking to people who own the dogs.  It is also possible to train many dogs not to bark. Try to talk to a breeder about their dogs before getting a do and ask questions about whether the dogs bark.  If you can visit someone who owns one of the dogs you can see for yourself if the dog barks much or if it becomes quiet when the owner tells it to do so.  There are many Toy breeds who have quite a bad reputation about barking so this is an important issue to consider, especially if you live in an apartment.  In general, many terriers and hounds will be more prone to barking than other breeds, but there are always exceptions.

Small Family Dogs

Whether you live in a house or an apartment, small dogs can make excellent family dogs. There are many small dogs that get alone well with children and who love to be involved in family life. Here is a look at some things to consider when you are choosing a small dog for your family, as well as some breeds that may suit you.

What To Look For In A Small Family Dog

There are two essential qualifications for a small family dogs: the dog needs to have a good temperament so it will get alone well with children; and the dog needs to be large and sturdy enough so it won’t be injured in playing with children.

There are a number of small breeds which have good temperaments where children are concerned. There are always exceptions, however, so it’s best to talk to the breeder and find out if the puppy’s parents liked children. If you are getting an adult dog, find out if the dog likes children. You want to get a puppy who will grow up liking children or an adult dog who already has a history of being good with children.

As far as the dog’s size and sturdiness, you may have to forego some of the smallest of the Toy breeds such as the Yorkshire Terrier and the Chihuahua which can easily be injured playing with children. If you love breeds that are very small, wait until your children are older when they are less likely to injure a dog accidentally.

Be sure to teach your children how to behave around dogs. Teach them not to tease a dog. Any dog can bite, even small ones. Do not leave small children alone with dogs. Accidents can happen even with the gentlest dogs.

Choosing A Small Dog for Your Family

The following breeds often make good family dogs:


The Pug is a natural clown and they love children. They are sweet, gentle dogs who are devoted to their families. The Pug is also quite sturdy, weighing up to 18 pounds. These dogs don’t need a lot of exercise and they are happy in an apartment or a house. They make wonderful family dogs.

Bichon Frise

The Bichon Frise is a cheerful, friendly dog and they like children. They are gentle and playful dogs and very intelligent. They are usually sturdy enough for children to play with them and they are quite active. They need regular exercise. They make very good family dogs.


The Havanese gets along great with children and, in the past, they have been kept to watch over children. They are friendly, intelligent dogs and they need regular exercise. They are very affectionate. This is a sturdy breed that is good with kids. They make an excellent family dog.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel loves children and they are large and sturdy enough to play with them. They weigh up to about 18 pounds. They are sweet, gentle dogs who do need some regular exercise. They are great with kids and they make a wonderful family dog.


The Bulldog is one of the sweetest of all breeds. They don’t have a great need for exercise but they do love children. They make wonderful family pets. They tend to be protective and gentle with their family. They can weigh up to 50 pounds so they are larger than the Toy breeds, but they are sturdy enough to play with children.

French Bulldog

The French Bulldog is known as an affectionate clown. They are active little dogs and quite alert. They get along very well with children. They love to be a lap dog. They do not need much exercise. They can weigh up to 28 pounds. They make very good family dogs.


When choosing a small dog for your family you should consider the dog’s temperament and size. Choose a dog that likes children and that will be sturdy enough to play with your kids without getting hurt. Remember to teach your kids how to treat dogs properly and do not leave small children alone with dogs. The breeds discussed here all make good family dogs.