10 Hardest Dog Breeds to Train

Each dog is adorable in its own way, but we’d be lying if we said they were all perfectly obedient. Some puppies just have their own mind. We love them for their independence, curiosity and wild spirit. They may not be the best option for a new pet owner.

A 2018 study entitled Prevailing Clusters of Canine Behavioral Traits in Historical US Demand for Dog Breeds (1926-2005) assessed which puppies are the most difficult to train based on a variety of factors. It’s just one of the few studies that have rated the learning and obedience of every dog ​​breed, summarized by Top Dog Tips in 2019.

Adopting a puppy or adult dog is a handful, and some dog breeds are more willing to follow their owners’ instructions. Would you like your dog to learn a master at sitting, lying down, rolling over, or maybe even getting a beer out of the fridge? Well then you’re reading the wrong list (most obedient breeds here.) These are the pups you should probably avoid if you’re looking for a loyal companion who won’t question your commands or who will ignore independence.

Of course, that doesn’t mean these dogs are bad; It is up to you to raise your pet according to your standards. It may be difficult, but it can be done.

St. Bernard Katy (L) and Salsa pose on June 4, 2009 after their arrival at the monastery for the summer season on the Great St. Bernard.
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Apparently, one of the most popular family dogs is also one of the most spontaneous when it comes to training. You can trust a Saint Bernard to keep a watchful and loving eye on your young children, but teaching them advanced tricks may not be easy. However, given the dog’s well-known job as a rescue dog, this cannot be ruled out.

Darwin the dog
“Darwin”, the Basset Hound, sits with his owner at the “Music for Dogs” concert for dogs as part of the Vivid LIVE festival on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House on June 5, 2010 in Sydney, Australia.
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These very noisy guys are known as “stubborn” according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). It’s no surprise that a stubborn puppy has better things to do than listen to your commands. Despite their independence or willful ignorance of their people’s desires, Basset Hounds are also known to be patient and kind.

Greyhound
Stolen Greyhound Hi Joe takes a nap after being brought back to his trainer Miss Noreen Collin.
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One of the most athletic dogs is also one of the fiercest when it comes to defining their independence. You may find that your greyhound doesn’t listen to commands perfectly simply because they were bred to excel at high-energy events.

Borzoi
An owner cuddles with his Russian borzoi on the first day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Center on March 5, 2015 in Birmingham, England.
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These strange looking pups with incredibly long snouts are super loving and will do their best to live up to human expectations. However, that doesn’t mean their training is a breeze. The AKC explains, “They can be stubborn in their calm, feline ways, and training is best with patience, consistency and a good mood.”

Bullmastiff
A Bullmastiff rests in the banking area on day two of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club’s 140th Annual Dog Show at Pier 92/94 on February 16, 2016 in New York City.
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These giant dogs make training almost impossible in adulthood simply because they are the size of a human. It is best to train your Bullmastiff perfectly while he’s still a puppy or “while the puppy is small enough to control,” according to the AKC.

Chessie dog
A Chesapeake Bay Retriever dog looks out of its enclosure on the first day of the Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham, Central England, on March 7, 2019.
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Also known as chessies, these pups are notoriously independent … so much so that they may completely ignore your commands. Chessies have a keen sense of what they want and need and will go beyond their owner’s requirements to achieve it.

Dog named hashtag
Hashtag, 3, a Kuvasz, leans over the wall as he competes during the National Dog Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center on November 16, 2019 in Oaks, Pennsylvania.
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These dogs are the best of many things. They are kind to children, bring a sense of humor into daily life, and are regal as they come. But the Kuvasz are also described as independent, which means their owner’s satisfaction may not be high on their list.

Bloodhounds
Bloodhounds are lined up in the ring on the first day of the 134th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Madison Square Garden in New York, February 15, 2010. The country’s leading dog show runs for two days.
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If you have a picture of a bloodhound in your head, it’s probably sniffing around curiously. These canines have incredible intelligence and a nose capable of anything. However, sometimes that leads to problems. Smells can be distracting when trying to teach your pup how to be the best boy ever.

Chow chow
A Chow Chow sits in his kennel on the first day of Crufts at the Birmingham NEC Arena on March 8, 2012 in Birmingham, England.
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Unlike some of the dogs listed above, Chow Chows are a very mild breed. They listen as much as possible and are considered one of the most hygienic dog options. But they’re also referred to as “aloof” by the AKC, which means they’re not necessarily the smartest when it comes to big training successes.

Although photos of this breed are not available, it is one of the longest-running purebred breeds on the AKC guide.

To get a grip on your kanaan, you need to exercise aggressively early on. These pups will declare themselves leaders of the pack if you don’t intervene first. “You will end up” owning “passive owners who have not established themselves as top dogs in the family pack,” explains the AKC.

However, it is up to you to train your dog. You can have a “difficult to train” breed with perfect manners if you stick to the breed’s difficulties and achievements.

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