Commonly owned dogs with low barking potential 

When a dog is too loud, agitated, or aggressive to be a decent friend, its bark can be worse than its bite.  

Some are extremely uncommon, like the sloughi of North Africa, or poorly known outside of Asia, like the Japanese chin. 

Some, like the lovable pug and the sociable golden retriever, are extremely common. 

Among the breeds that are less likely to bark are hunting dogs like the Rhodesian ridgeback .

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Their genetic make-up necessitated that they remain silent and covert as they stalked their prey.  

Sheep dogs, through the course of generations, learned to stay quiet, as sheep are easily startled.  

Following their noses, retrievers could easily track down their fallen prey and bring it back.  

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