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Top 6 Hardest Dog Breeds to Train

By Heather Burdo

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Our dogs are like family, but let’s be honest – some are extremely hard to train. Despite their cuteness, it can be frustrating to train your four-legged friend. We’re going to dig into some of the hardest dogs to train; then you can decide if their furry cuteness is worth the struggle.

1. Beagles

A Beagle has a nose for everything - literally. If you own this type of dog, make sure your home is spotless because they like to rummage through anything they can get their paws on. Most Beagles have high amounts of energy, which is why they are hard to train. A Beagle is independent and takes longer to get used to commands, but if you have the patience, it is doable.

2. Rottweiler

This one is a bit controversial, but here’s the breakdown on this breed. The first impression most people get with a Rottweiler is their intimidating appearance. However, this dog is usually extremely loyal to their owners, but only if the dog is properly trained. The reason Rottweilers have a bad reputation is because many are not properly trained. This leads them to go after strangers, be stubborn, and become overly protective. This breed just needs more training and patience.

3. Siberian Husky

Most people would agree that a Siberian Husky is a gorgeous dog. Because they’re a very active breed, they need dedicated training. This breed will act out if they get bored. You could pair this dog with another of the same breed, but you take a chance on it not working out. Because this type of dog needs more involved training, some people find them difficult to care for.

4. Basset Hound

Basset Hounds are known for being hard to housebreak. It can be frustrating to train a dog who takes extra time to catch on – this explains what owning a Basset Hound is like. A Basset Hound follows his nose, so positive reinforcement is ideal for this breed. Patience is required.

Shar Pei with newspaper in his mouth

5. Chinese Shar-Pei

By looking at this breed, you would think they are way too cuddly and cute to be difficult. But their cuteness doesn’t make up for the fact that they aren’t the friendliest dog. For some families, Chinese Shar-Peis are fine, but they’re typically discouraged around children. Some owners have had to hold this dog back from attacking visitors, other animals, and strangers. They are very territorial which makes training a challenge.

6. Afghan Hound

While this dog is known to be highly intelligent, they make it quite tough. Afghan Hounds often do what they want, when they want. They may listen to your commands for a while but change their mind later making for a truly frustrating process for you. This is a breed for someone who doesn’t mind their dog having a mind of their own.

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