Ten least intelligent dog breeds
Ten least intelligent dog breeds
A survey of nearly 200 judges from the Canadian and American Kennel Clubs rated dogs based on how long it took certain dog breeds to learn commands. If your dog belongs to one of the breeds on this list of ten most unintelligent dogs, it might be time to consider this Cesar Millan call after all.
Obviously, greyhounds dominate the list of not-so-intelligent dogs.
Long flapped ears, large drooping eyes, drooping tongue. What the basset hound may lack in intelligence, it certainly makes up for in cuteness. This scent hunting dog is a member of the hound family and was bred to hunt rabbits by their scent. Known as friendly dogs, the basset hound is a good dog for children. Which, given those long flappy ears that are just begging to be pulled, great placement is certainly a great trait. But when it comes to training, slow and steady wins the race with this tame hound, and patience is key.
Another scent hound, the beagle makes a great pet because of its size and temperament. Charlie Brown’s Snoopy is perhaps one of pop culture’s most famous beagles. Beagles may not really be difficult to train because of their lack of intelligence, but more likely because of their lack of attention. Beagles are known to be independent and stubborn, and when they go on the hunt for something with that super-sensitive sense of smell, calling them back may be a lost cause.
The Mastiff is one of the largest of all dogs. This powerful dog of enormous size has been known to weigh 100 to 200 lbs. Zorba, a mastiff from England, is still recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s heaviest dog at over 315 lbs. Mastiffs are known to be stubborn, protective of their owners and good guard dogs. Although it is also said that although the Mastiff can be intimidating at first glance, they are generally considered to be big sweet hearts that don’t take long to warm to.
The Pekingese is a small breed of toy dog from China. Known for their long fluffy fur and flat little faces, Pekingese are often boisterous little dogs that bark for attention. Pekingese are known to be jealous and as children, they are even called suspicious. They are known to be aggressive, especially with other dogs, and antisocial. It is best to introduce your Pekingese to other dogs while he is a puppy. A house with children is probably not the best option for a Pekingese to call home.
The bloodhound is known for having the best nose in the hunting business. This large dog is used to track missing persons and escaped prisoners. But too often this strong sense of smell leads to a hound’s stubbornness and makes that hound often difficult to obedience train. Patience and gentleness are considered key in training this dog. A greyhound also has one of the shortest life spans, with an average lifespan of about 7 years.
5. Russian wolfhound
The Russian wolfhound, also called the borozoi, has long curly hair and is shaped like a hound. This quiet puppy is athletic and independent and is rarely heard to bark or make noise. They are not overly territorial, but are often very sensitive. The Russian Wolfhound is known to be impatient and quickly bored with repetitive activities, making obedience training an unappealing idea for this dog.
4. Chow Chow
This dog hairball is often referred to as having feline characteristics. They have a strong desire for personal space and are often not very fond of petting. They are characteristically territorial and aggressive, and any training requires a firm hand and a strong-willed owner. The Chow Chow often becomes the leader of the pack in most households and takes over the territory quite quickly.
With their wrinkled faces, short little legs and stocky bodies, these dogs are known to be reliable. Although they may look ferocious, the bulldog is known to have a much worse bark than bite. The Bulldog is a great family dog and loves to be around children. But be warned, the bulldog needs a lot of attention and if ignored, is known to be a mischievous and mischievous pet.
It is often said that the Basenji’s bark sounds more like human laughter than a dog’s bark. This Central African hunting dog has an unusually shaped larynx that gives rise to the laughing bark. Often referred to as “the dog without a bark,” the Basenji is said to be able to imitate sounds it hears. They are often said to be cat-like dogs that ignore their owners, stare out the window for hours, and even groom themselves just like a cat. Basenji is alert, affectionate, demanding, energetic and curious. Loves to play and makes a good pet, although often quite aloof.
1. Afghan Hound
The Afghan Hound comes from the cold mountains of Afghanistan and was bred to hunt rabbits and gazelles. The Afghan Hound is another estranged dog that is said to have a dignified character, but is often found running around and playing. The Afghan Hound has been known to simply ignore commands, even those it has already proven it knows. Recent DNA research has shown that the Afghan Hound is one of the most ancient dog breeds.
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