Originally a working breed designed to help out on Swiss farms, these gentle giants now do well with young families thanks to their even-keeled nature.
There's a reason why Charlotte had one in Sex and the City. The toy breed's attributes fit city living to a T: quiet, friendly and (of course) absolutely adorable. And of course, they rarely make a peep.
Another happy apartment dweller, Frenchies don't need much exercise other than brisk walks. In fact, their squished noses mean they do best in temperate climates with lots of lounge time.
The same goes for the English version. The beefier pups won't pipe up too often since they're perfectly content to keep snoozing on the sofa. Good luck getting them to rouse themselves for, well, just about any reason!
The basenji is literally known as the "barkless dog" because they make so little noise, but the breed's not completely mute. When they do decide to speak up, the hounds make odd noises that sound similar to yodels.
The American Kennel Club describes them as "quiet and catlike," but the elegant borzois stand out in more ways than one. The greyhound-like dogs can reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour when they start sprinting,
Standing nearly 3 feet high at the shoulder, a Scottish Deerhound probably won't fit in your lap, but the tall hound makes up for it with a dignified and gentle personality.
Wheatens will bark when necessary, but usually make their presence known with what's called the "Wheaten greetin:'" an enthusiastic hello with lots of jumping.
Though they have a large and powerful stature, Newfoundlands are also known for their sweet temperament.