Almost every dog lover who wants to get a four-legged friend would like to have a quiet friend who doesn’t disrupt everyday life too much. In fact, most dogs adapt to their owner’s rhythm. “As the Lord, so it’s G’scher”, it is not for nothing. In principle, any dog can be trained to be a quiet dog. A few breeds have coolness in their blood, so to speak. We introduce them briefly.
The Most Important Things Summarized
- Whether a dog is calm depends less on breed and more on socialization and individual characteristics. Even well-known “barker breeds” can produce very calm and well-balanced dogs.
- Even calm dogs need exercise and exercise. Many athletic breeds are very even-tempered indoors but will go full throttle outdoors if you let them.
- Do you want to make a calm dog out of a bundle of energy? Many pet dogs get nervous when they don’t get enough meaningful activity.
How Do You Recognize Calm and Restless Breeds?
Some dog breeds have a bad reputation: pinschers, Shih Tzus, chihuahuas, and many smaller dogs bred as guard dogs all have a natural tendency to bark. Other breeds such as American Pitbulls, German Shepherds, and Dogues de Bordeaux are guard dogs that are often untrusting and aggressive toward strangers. All of these behaviors that we ascribe to specific breeds are actually stereotypes, much of which is attitude. If left untrained, a dog will rely on its instincts, which can vary from breed to breed (and dog to dog).
Types of dogs and their characteristics
- Hunting and working dogs are very calm and balanced in everyday life if they are properly utilized with their tasks. Sometimes, however, they are seized by the uncontrolled hunting instinct.
- Herding dogs can develop into quiet protectors or training freaks who even want to “guard” bicycles and cars and put them in their place.
- By nature, watchdogs pay attention to unusual occurrences in the area. A barker is usually just trying to do his job properly. Shelter dogs are rarely loud, but they are very dominant.
- Companion dogs want to please their owner at all costs and adapt well. However, some develop into gambling and attention-seeking narcissists.
It depends on the holder
Whether a dog develops into a nervous bundle of energy or into a quiet loafer type mainly depends on the owner. Of course, the temperament of the breed should match the temperament of the owner. The quietest dog breeds can therefore not be generally divided but must be attributed to specific types of owners. Here you will find the best combinations for a calm and relaxed dog life:
Quiet Dogs for Families
One of the most popular family dogs is the Golden Retriever. He is considered to be calmer than the black Labrador Retriever and does not crave water quite as much. The dogs are loyal, very fond of children, and absolutely content with the peace and company of their loved ones in the house. Nevertheless, children will certainly not get bored with their Goldie: they love to play and can play fetch games for hours.
Quiet Dogs for Seniors
Older people often look for a companion to keep up with. If you walk slowly or can only walk short distances, you should be able to let your dog run free. A garden or a nearby dog park are basic requirements for young and middle-aged dogs. Companion dogs such as the Lhasa Apso, the “little human” and the even smaller Tibetan Shih Tzu are very commonly chosen by seniors. A perk for city dwellers: mini breeds can be carried with ease, allowing their stubbornness to prevail only if they soften their keeper. Even dangerous situations can be averted by simply lifting the dog.
Quiet Dogs for Singles and Couples
Protection and guard dogs are naturally calm as long as they don’t notice anything out of the ordinary. For owners with lots of space who are looking for a companion for life, larger dog breeds such as the Eurasier or the Shiba Inu are sensible companions. The dogs are willing to learn and obedient, but can also occupy themselves for hours on their own. Also, Shibas cannot bark. When excited, they utter the so-called Shiba Scream. These extraordinary dogs feel right at home in small, tidy households.
Quiet Dogs for the Home Office
Pets are often welcome in modern offices. Office dogs improve the working atmosphere and hardly distract employees if they behave quietly during the day. Anyone who works alone in the home office likes to spend their breaks with a fluffy four-legged friend. Some small hunting and companion dogs such as the French bulldog or the beagle can be kept in apartments and offices without any problems if they are given enough variety and exercise during the day. As pack dogs, they usually get along well with their peers and look forward to seeing their colleagues in the office every day.