Small Dog Breeds That Aren't Yappy Petite Pooches Without a Yappy Bark

Small Dog Breeds That Aren't Yappy

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Some of us just adore chatterbox small dogs, but they aren't for everyone. Check out this list of more reserved small dogs.

Small breed dogs have a reputation for being “yappy,” or noisy. In some cases, this reputation is well-founded, as many small dogs develop an aggressive and boisterous personality to counter their diminutive stature. However, not every small dog conforms to this stereotype, and many petite pups hardly make a peep. Quiet dogs are especially good for apartment dwellers, or homeowners who live in close proximity to their neighbors. If you are looking for small dog breeds that aren’t yappy, and who will offer you love, companionship, and some peace and quiet, consider one of these buttoned-up breeds.


The adorable Affenpinscher has a monkey-like face and a spirited, mischievous personality. This breed is generally quiet, though they can get very excited if provoked.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

With a combination of intelligence, playfulness, affection, and geniality, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (pictured above) is an ideal family pet. These quiet dogs are friendly with everyone including children, cats, and other dogs.

Chinese Crested

This unique dog is available in two varieties -- Powderpuff and Hairless. The Powderpuff is covered in long, fine hair while the Hairless has soft, human-like flesh with tufts of hair only on the head, tail, and feet. This intelligent and playful breed makes a great companion pet, and is not much of a barker.

English Toy Spaniel

A calm and affectionate dog, the English Toy Spaniel loves the company of people, but can be timid at times. These companion dogs are generally very quiet, and get along well with other dogs.


Gentle, happy, and curious, the wavy-haired Havanese is an all around great pet. The Havanese makes an excellent watchdog and will warn you of any trouble with short barks, but they are not yappy dogs.

Italian Greyhound

The sleek and muscular Italian Greyhound is a quiet and loving dog who becomes deeply attached to their master. The quiet nature of this dog is accompanied by a streak of timidness -- Italian Greyhounds need regular reassurance as well as consistent and gentle training.


Pugs are humorous, affectionate, and energetic dogs who make great companions for children. These dogs usually bark only when absolutely necessary -- you are more likely to hear a Pug snore or snort as a result of their signature flattened muzzle.

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