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.)
If you’re thinking about bringing a new dog into your home, one of your considerations may be how easy it will be to obedience train the newest member of your family. I polled several dog sites and compared their lists to my personal experience to come up with the list below of the dogs who are easiest to obedience train. This isn’t to say these dogs are necessarily the smartest, only that they will readily learn and respond to commands.
For each breed, I’ve provided a link back to our breed guides where you can learn more about each breed’s temperament, history, health, and other important traits. (Or check out our complete list of dog breeds.)
From the Hamilton, Ohio Journal News: Project Free Inmate Dog Obedience (FIDO) is matching dogs from the humane society to prisoners at the Butler County Jail for obedience training. The prisoners are screened to make sure they have not abused animals, then they are matched to a dog from the shelter.