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10 Dog breeds that are hard to train

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Pooches that don't sit when told

When it comes to dogs, doing what they're told is fairly important, and some dogs take a bit longer than most to catch on. Here are 10 dogs that, although intelligent, require extra time and discipline.


The Pekingese, although a kind and intelligent companion, has a stubborn side and requires a stable environment and an owner who can adapt themselves to fit its high maintenance needs. If not, the Pekingese can be difficult to house train. In addition, without a confident owner, it is also known to get into mischief.


The sweet and gentle Bloodhound is more likely to lick you than obey you. Known as a working dog, it needs a firm owner who is OK with its imperfections. A loyal breed, the Bloodhound is a great dog but not the most obedient as it loves a good smell to follow.

Afghan Hound

The Afghan Hound is an excellent breed and very intelligent; however, it is also known for its cat-like personality. And if you're at all aware of cat behavior, you know Afghan Hounds like to do what they want. So, although it may be easy to train, it's getting the training to stick that could be the potential problem with the Afghan Hound.


The Dalmatian is a very high-strung, high-energy and active breed. It enjoys playing and a lot of attention, and it needs plenty of it in the training process. All things considered, it takes a strong owner who is devoted to giving it both mental and physical exercise. Without these, the Dalmatian will become disruptive and disobedient.


Like the Dalmatian, the Pug is a wild and energetic breed. Smart, it can become bored easily while in the training process. Without a good variety or a confident instructor or owner, training can easily fall to the wayside. A sensitive and loving dog, the Pug needs an owner who can both love and lead it.

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Pooches that don't sit when told

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Although there is no problem training the Basenji, it does display behavior problems if not given the leadership the breed requires. Rambunctious, it enjoys play and other behaviors, and if not given, it is likely to act out. Requiring an owner that is both firm and consistent, if the Basenji does not have a strict set of rules, it won't follow any at all.

Basset Hound

Not only is house breaking difficult with the Basset Hound, it also doesn't seem to care too much for order. A lovable hound, it requires a sweet-tempered owner who will provide it with cuddles and positive reinforcement. Related to the Bloodhound, the Basset Hound enjoys play and getting treats as a reward for good behavior.

Chow Chow

The Chow Chow likes to be in charge but will become subordinate if it has a dominant master. If that becomes questionable, the Chow Chow will think it is the leader. This can become a problem when training as it needs both consistency and solid leadership. If not, the Chow Chow may display behavioral problems and aggressive behaviors.


Like most of the breeds on this list, the Beagle is overly affectionate. Enjoying to do as it pleases, training may prove difficult. Without sturdy authority, it is likely to disregard instruction. In addition, the Beagle is a curious creature and is known to follow its nose if not given the appropriate leadership to do otherwise.


The mighty, mighty Mastiff, although large, is a soft and gentle giant. If it isn't given the firm but tender training it requires, it is unlikely to respond well. Yearning to achieve dominance, it may be difficult to teach obedience if it does not understand its role as the dog with the human. A genuine people pleaser, the Mastiff is likely to do as needed with an owner it respects greatly.

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