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The 10 Stubborn Dog Breeds That Do *Nothing* They Don’t Want To


Stubborn dogs can be little stinkers. In dogs, stubborn usually means difficult to train. Breeds that are genetically predisposed to be independent, willful and highly active can exhibit stubborn traits. Some were bred to be hunters, so their high prey drive and scent-tracking instincts keep them from following commands. Others have sat in luxury circles for centuries, preferring to bark out orders rather than taking them. If you are looking for a dog that is easy to train and learns quickly, avoid the breeds on this list. It’s not that these breeds aren’t trainable – quite the contrary. In fact, many dog ​​trainers will tell you that there is no such thing as a stubborn dog; there are only ineffective training tactics. The dogs on this list are truly loyal and loving companions that just need more finesse during training sessions (and beyond).

Recognizing Stubborn Behavior

It is easy to confuse stubbornness with other behaviors such as aggression or hyperactivity. Stubborn dogs are not reactive or rambunctious. They actively choose not to follow commands. Being able to identify the cause of your dog’s resistance to training is the only way to improve her ability to learn.

If you have your dog sit ten times in a row to no avail, it may mean that he does not want to sit. It could also mean she is distracted by the environment or doesn’t feel rewarded enough for following commands. Some dogs, such as Scottish Terriers, will get bored with training sessions if you don’t mix it up. Exploring a variety of training techniques or increasing the value of the rewards you use during training can yield better results.

Interestingly, trainability and aggression are two of the most heritable traits in dogs, according to a 2019 study on canine genomes. This means that a breed’s ability to learn, maintain and execute commands is genetic. However, every dog ​​(especially dogs with genes from more than one breed) has a specific personality. In addition, these personalities change over time. Another 2019 study from Michigan State University found that a dog’s personality not only changes with age, but also increasingly aligns with her owner’s personality.

If nothing else, this data reinforces how strongly people bond with their pets. It may also mean adjusting training tactics as you go (especially for the breeds on our list).

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Height: 25-27 inches

Weight: 50-60 pounds

Personality: Independent, Proud

Activity level: Moderate to high

Loss Factor: Hypoallergenic

Life expectancy: 12-18 years

Afghan Hounds look like supermodels with their luxurious locks flowing in the wind. Get a little closer and you’ll see that they are proud animals that appreciate alone time. The American Kennel Club says these dogs are quirky sweethearts who have (surprisingly) deep-seated hunting instincts. Combine those urges with a distant personality? Good luck training more than your basic commands.

Height: 21-25 inches

Weight: 60-70 pounds

Personality: Friendly, energetic

Activity level: high

Loss Factor: Mediocre

Life expectancy: 11-13 years

The American Foxhound likes to play with family members but can be reserved with strangers. Leaving them alone for long periods of time can lead to destruction or separation anxiety. Give them work to do! If you can incorporate hunting or tracking into the training, you’ll find it’s more fun for all parties. Be patient, train early on a leash (they live and die from the smells their nose picks up), and get ready for a vocal pup.

Height: 15 inch

Weight: 40-65 pounds

Personality: Calm, Charismatic

Activity level: Low

Loss Factor: Low

Life expectancy: 12-13 years

As one of the more easygoing breeds out there, Basset Hounds are remarkably intelligent and sweet. According to the Basset Hound Club of America, these dogs are not so much stubborn as they are smart. Bassets, bred in France as hunters, often find new methods of achieving their goals and don’t stop until they get their way. Relentless is a good word for a Basset begging for goodies.

Height: 14 – 15 inches

Weight: 40 – 50 pounds

Personality: Protective, Sweet

Activity level: Low to moderate

Loss Factor: Mediocre

Life expectancy: 8-10 years

The Bulldog is a prime example of a breed with conflicting reputations. While Veterinarians.org, an organization that connects pet owners with independent veterinarians, says Bulldogs are “quite stubborn, tenacious and generally among the toughest [dogs] to train,” the American Kennel Club says they love to please their owners. In addition, Courtney Briggs, the head coach at Zoom Room Dog Training, says Bulldogs are great choices for first-time dog owners. These opposing views can mean that Bulldogs need firm, consistent training early on.

Height: 24-27 inches

Weight: 100-130 pounds

Personality: sweet, loyal

Activity level: Moderate to high

Loss Factor: Low to moderate

Life expectancy: 7-9 years

Hello, gentle giants! Bull Mastiffs are big dogs with big hearts. Also great ideas. These dogs are stubborn and without proper training, they can wreak havoc at first (because of their size and drool). Establish household rules and set routines as soon as possible to give your Bull Mastiff parameters. The American Bull Mastiff Association says anyone who is “wishy-washy” will have a hard time controlling one of these canines.

Height: 21-22 inches

Weight: 50-70 pounds

Personality: Playful, Energetic

Activity level: Moderate to high

Loss Factor: Mediocre

Life expectancy: 12-13 years

Like many terriers, Bull Terriers have a tendency to chase anything that moves. They unfortunately don’t tend to get along well with other dogs, but they love to play with their people. Because of their energetic body and mind, Bull Terriers excel in agility and rally events, according to the Bull Terrier Club of America. When in doubt, make training a fun activity.

Height: 18-10 inches

Weight: 45-60 pounds

Personality: Protective, soft

Activity level: Low to moderate

Loss Factor: Mediocre

Life expectancy: 8-12 years

Chinese Shar-Peis tend to outsmart their humans and find new ways to play old tricks just like Basset Hounds do. These are protective animals that aren’t afraid to let strangers know when to retreat. Regardless of their attitude towards others, they are incredibly loyal to their families. Use positive reinforcement while exercising. (Also, Shar-Pei translates to “sand skin,” as their rough coats look like rolling sand dunes!)

Height: 17-20 inches

Weight: 45-70 pounds

Personality: serious, loyal

Activity level: Mediocre

Loss Factor: Moderate to high

Life expectancy: 8-12 years

It’s rare to find a dog with a no-nonsense approach to life, but the Chow Chow is by no means a prankster. These fluffy, possessive dogs are often compared to cats for their meticulous grooming skills. Like Afghan Hounds, Chow Chows need a lot of space. Again, building trust is key to successfully infusing commands into your Chow, as is consistency.

Height: 6-9 inches

Weight: 14 pounds

Personality: Confident, Loyal

Activity level: Low

Loss Factor: Mediocre

Life expectancy: 12-14 years

Touted as “quietly independent” and “stubborn,” Pekingese puppies don’t really beg to be taught commands. This toy breed prefers to be in charge. Pekingese see themselves as your equal, so they have to respect you if you want to train them appropriately. Whoever they pick as their favorite (and they will) should be in charge of the training.

Height: 20-24 inches

Weight: 35-60 pounds

Personality: Affectionate, outgoing

Activity level: high

Loss Factor: Moderate to high

Life expectancy: 12-14 years

These sweet, playful sled dogs have an independent spirit and are known for their aversion to training. Though smart and friendly, they just want to run, according to The Siberian Husky Club of America. They can also be easily distracted by small animals. Not surprising for canines bred to be pack dogs.

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