Last week, we covered the breeds that are easiest to train. This week, the dogs who are hardest to train. Again, this says nothing about the intelligence of the dog. Trainability is not the same as intelligence. In my opinion, it speaks more to the stubbornness of the breeds, as well as to their native character traits. For example, the Beagle is simply a nose with feet. Dogs of this breed are much more interested in following scent trails than commands.
I have included a link for each breed back to our breed guides where you can find information on the history, temperament, and health of each one. (Or check out our complete list of dog breeds.)
10. Fox Terrier
9. Chow Chow
3. Basset Hound
2. Afghan Hound
Fortunately, most of these dogs are small. All dogs should be trained for obedience, if for no other reason than safety, but it’s a whole lot easier to live with a small dog who doesn’t listen than with a large dog who doesn’t.
If you have one of these breeds in your home, don’t give up on training. This list doesn’t imply that the dogs can’t be trained, only that these particular breeds require a lot of patience, positive reinforcement, and repetition.
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!