A Quick Guide to Finding Calm Dog Breeds for First-Time Owners

Dog temperament is often a major consideration for first-time owners. Some prefer calm dog breeds for various reasons. Maybe they don’t want to disturb the neighbors in the condo or they require silence while working at home. If you’re one of them, check out our quick guide to finding the perfect canine companion for you.

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Basset Hound

Basset Hound

This hound is a hulk despite its short legs, but overall it is an easygoing breed. It can be content snoozing beside the fireplace, so owners should consistently provide it with a good deal of exercise.

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Bergamasco

Bergamasco

Known for the thick, mat-like coat all over its body, Bergamasco was once used as a herding dog in the Italian Alps. With a history of association with sheep, it has developed a peaceful disposition and exudes calm intelligence at home. 

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Bullmastiff

Bullmastiff

Bullmastiffs are not heavy barkers, though they can watch over the house well. Despite their stocky appearance, they are actually docile and affectionate to their people.

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Great for condo living, Cavaliers are gentle and sweet canines who love spending quality time with their humans. Proper housetraining – as well as staying away from triggers, such as birds, insects, and butterflies – may taper down their chasing instincts.

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Chinese Shar-Pei

Chinese Shar-Pei

The Chinese Shar-Pei is a good guardian at home. It blends intelligence, confidence, and calm in the presence of its people. Anxiety, however, can cause it to make some noise.

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Dogue de Bordeaux

Dogue de Bordeaux

By the looks of it, the Dogue de Bordeaux exhibits outstanding guarding skills – minus the aggression. It is normally even-tempered and needs more time outdoors. Just a heads-up: It drools a lot.

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English Toy Spaniel

English Toy Spaniel

An apartment dog, the English Toy Spaniel is adorable and great with children. Though playful, it is generally well-behaved and gentle.

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Great Dane

Great Dane

Great Danes have the capacity to be gentle, calm, and well-behaved. They require being taken outside more frequently than most other dog breeds.

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Great Pyrenees

Great Pyrenees

Pyrs resemble white bears. Because of their stature, they are a good protector of territory. Though this may be the case, they are actually stable, serious, and quiet.

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Italian Greyhound

Italian Greyhound

Playing and running around can keep the Italian Greyhound busy. But don’t be surprised when you suddenly find it lounging in the couch, or hiding under soft objects in the house such as a blanket or a pillow.

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Neapolitan Mastiff

Neapolitan Mastiff

Highly-recommended for experienced dog owners because of its beast-like size. As a grownup, it tends to be calm at home. When outdoors, however, it can be aggressive toward anyone or anything it deems a threat.

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Pekingese

Pekingese

This little, cuddly creature can exhibit passivity when it is home. It also requires minimal amount of exercise.

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Rhodesian Ridgeback

Rhodesian Ridgeback

The Rhodesian Ridgeback may be big, yet it is a dog that possesses a great deal of sensitivity. It instinctively places its body between its human and a perceived threat.

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Scottish Deerhound

Scottish Deerhound

This breed may not be perfect for playing with children because of its tall and slender built. It is also too polite to act as a watchdog. If you want a quiet companion all day in the house, the Scottish Deerhound fits the bill. 

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Sealyham Terrier

Sealyham Terrier

Dynamic yet less yappy than its cousins, the Sealyham Terrier is absolutely a darling indoors. This calm and dignified breed makes few demands. When it has to, though, it barks with a deep sound.

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