Hush PuppiesWhether your desire for a dog who doesn't bark (or, at least, doesn't bark much) stems from the fact that you share a thin wall with your neighbor or you just like a fairly quiet place to call home, we've got you covered. Vetstreet surveyed 218 veterinary professionals to get their take on the quietest dog breeds around. As is often the case with these types of surveys, there were a couple of surprising answers. (Collies? Really? Was Lassie the exception? And what about the Basenji? He's the "barkless" dog!) But one thing that wasn't surprising was that a couple of these relatively quiet breeds also made the list of best dogs for new owners. No. 15: Collie The Collie isn’t exactly a silent breed — if he were, Lassie would never have been able to tell us that Timmy had fallen down the well! Still, this gentle and affectionate dog generally only speaks when he really has something to say. Given the appropriate amount of exercise, he shouldn’t be a nuisance barker. (Sally Anne Thompson, Animal Photography) More from VetStreet.com: How to Teach Your Dog to Stop Barking Best Places to Pet a Dog – and a Few to Leave Alone 20 Hottest Dog Breeds of the 2000s
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