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Five Indian Dogs Who Rarely Bark

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If you live in an apartment and your dog is very vocal, causing problems to others or maybe you like a dog that doesn't make noise. Actually, all dogs are excellent learners, if they are trained properly at the right age, then they do not make unnecessary noise.

But if you have limited time and facilities to train, you can think of owning these five dogs of India who are very quiet and rarely bark, they are known as the "Barkless Dog".

1: Jonangi


Jonangi is rare native Indian breed of dog. Which is available along the east coast of India, from Bengal to Kanyakumari. Basically Jonangi is a pariah-type dog that share many characteristics with Indian pariah dogs. Perhaps the most similar breed like Jonangi is the Basenji.

Jonangi dog was used, for hunting and duck herding that make a good watchdog. Jonangi is extremely agile, easily trainable, courageous and very intelligent dog .It has extremely short and shiny coats, which is one of the unique qualities of this breed. Jonangi may have erect or floppy ears and wrinkled face, another speciality of this dog is "It doesn't usually bark but makes a yodelling sound". Though Jonangi is a quite dog, but a very active and alert dog that is not very friendly with strangers, it’s a one-man or one-family dog.

  • Origin East coast of India, from Bengal to Kanyakumari.
  • Height 17 to 21 inches.
  • Weight 13 - 22 kg
  • Coat and Colour Short, thick and shiny coat of multiple colours.
  • Temperament Very loyal and Intelligent.
  • Life Expectancy 10 -14 yrs

2: Dhole (Indian Wild Dogs)


The Dhole is an Indian Wild Dog, also called Asiatic Wild Dog, Indian Wild Dog, Red Dog or Red fox dog that looks like red fox. This dog has similar physical characteristic like, Australian Border collie. But Dhole is a wild dog like Dingo or African Wild dogs that love to hunt and have excellent hunting talent. A Dhole can kill a prey up to 10 times of their size.

Dole is an excellent athlete, a true competitor of African wild dogs who can run with speed up to 37 miles/hour, Dhole has a speed of 34 miles per/hour. Dhole dogs are very social animal, which lives in large clans and occasionally split up into small packs to hunt. Dholes let their pups eat first after hunt.

Dhole rarely bark, it make a yodeling sound.

Physical Traits

  • Origin: South and Southeast Asia, India
  • Height: 17 to 21 inches
  • Weight: 12-18 kg
  • Coat and Color: Short, thick and densed coat of red colour.
  • Temperament: Not Domesticated, social wild dogs.
  • Category: Wild dogs
  • Life Expectancy: 8 -10 yrs

Dhole Vs Elephant and Gaur

Dhole, Introduced to endangered

The Dhole dogs are classed as endangered by the IUCN, There are couple of reasons that effecting them mainly because of on going habitat loss, depletion of its prey base, competition from other predators, persecution and possibly diseases from domestic and feral dogs and at some part humans are their biggest enemies.

The total count ( in 2012) of Dhole was around 2,500 only, That was a real worry but now government of India had taken a necessary step to save these beautiful dogs and they had got a new home at Nagpur and Bandipur wildlife centuries of INDIA. Good news is they are growing fast and in last 2 years, more than 400 new pups are added.

More details are available at: Saving Dhole

3: Chippiparai Dogs

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Chippiparai is native Indian dogs, originated in south Indian city Chippiparai, Tamilnadu. Chippiparai dogs are believed, to be the descendants of Arabian Saluki dogs which were bought in India during the Mughal era.
Saluki dogs are considered to be the one among oldest dogs, native to Egypt, which have the ancient history since 7000 years ago.

Chippiparai dogs are tall, athletic and very alert dogs, which were used for hunting deer and wolves and poses great hunting talent.
Their running ability and stamina is highly admirable, they are healthy and sturdy dogs that need less grooming but need lots of exercise.

Chippiparai dogs calm and friendly dogs which rarely bark and make a good companion dog.

Physical Trait

  • Origin: Chippiparai, Tamilnadu (INDIA)
  • Height: 23 - 32 Inches
  • Weight: 22-32 kg
  • Coat and Color: Short, thick and dense coat of red colour.
  • Temperament: Very energetic, Loyal and courageous
  • Life Expectancy: 9-13 yrs

Chippiparai Dog Jumping

4: Kanni Dog


This dog breed is a further extension of the Caravan or Mudhol Hound, which are a descendant of the Saluki. It appears very similar to Dobermans and used mainly for hunting, the Pure breed Kanni dogs are rarely available. It's on the verge of extinction but necessary steps are taken and good news is, their count is growing.

Kanni dog is also known for less barking, who bark very less like, like Chipiparai dogs. But not like Jonangi or Kaikadi dogs who bark rarely.

Physical Trait

  • Origin: Tamilnadu (INDIA)
  • Height: 22 - 32 Inches
  • Weight: 22-34 kg
  • Coat and Color: Short, thick and shiny coat of black color.
  • Temperament: Very energetic, Loyal and courageous.
  • Life Expectancy: 9-13 yrs

5: Indigenous Himalayan Mastiff or Himalayan Guard Dog

Indigenous Himalayan Mastiff or Himalayan Guard Dog

Indigenous Himalayan Mastiff or Himalayan Guard Dog

Himalayan mastiffs are native to the Himalayan region, also called Himalayan guard dogs or Indigenous Tibetan mastiffs. They are calm, and devoted dogs which are very protective to their owner and family.

But they are reserved dogs that do not like the company of other dogs. Usually very gentle and calm, Himalayan mastiffs can be very ferocious if something goes wrong. They are known to fight to the death, a full-grown male is capable of taking down two wolves on its own. They are the only purebred Indian mastiffs, and unfortunately, only a few are left.

They have very strong and loud bark, but they rarely bark.

Physical Trait

  • Origin: Tamilnadu (INDIA)
  • Height: 28 - 38 Inches
  • Weight: 60+ kg
  • Coat and Color: Long, thick, double coat of black, Black and yellow Sable color.
  • Temperament: Very Calm, Courageous and Devoted dogs.
  • Life Expectancy: 8-12 yrs

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Aaradhya


Aaradhya (author) on July 11, 2014:

Thanks Eiddwen!!

Eiddwen from Wales on July 11, 2014:

A great hub sraiO1and took me back to my Beagle when I was small. Lassie could bark of course but would often yodel away in that natural hunting tone of a hound. This was a great article;very well informed and interesting. Voted up and shared.


Aaradhya (author) on July 11, 2014:

Hello Ranjan,

That's very much possible that's I mentioned "This dog is also known for less barking, who rarely bark. But it’s not like Jonangi or kaikadi who almost doesn’t bark, or like Chipiparai who barks very rarely."

~ Regards, Santosh Rai

Aaradhya (author) on July 11, 2014:

Hello Express10, Very first "Very uncommon n unique name :) " ..

About dog barking. I too like the dogs who barks

And there are [Say most of ppl], who like the dogs which bark, but deff. some ppl have limitation .. they may prefer to have these dogs.

Ranjan Patapulla on July 11, 2014:

Santosh, I have a Kanni dog he bark too much and very active and alert also. But I know many other Kanni dogs who doesn't bark much.

H C Palting from East Coast on July 10, 2014:

I have to agree with JayeWisdom in that I would prefer the bark over yodeling. I enjoyed your hub.

Aaradhya (author) on July 10, 2014:

Thanks Jaye,

Even many people (Including me), prefer barking over yodelling.

But I think some, who are staying in apartment or nearby to hospital or school, they may get them a better choice.

~ Santosh

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on July 09, 2014:

These descriptions are very interesting. Somehow, though, I think I'd prefer barking over yodeling!

Voted Up and Interesting


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