What a rascal! The five hardest dog breeds to train

Do you have a cheeky dog at home, or is your dog's breed just particularly hard to train?

You can get a handle on disobedient dog breeds, like Jack Russell Terriers, with consistent training.
You can get a handle on disobedient dog breeds, like Jack Russell Terriers, with consistent training.  © 123RF/alexeitm

A naughty pup can be frustrating, but very endearing.

Chihuahuas, for example, are considered charming by many dog fans precisely because of their headstrong behavior - coupled with their cute looks and tiny body size.

However, when it comes to dog training, a disobedient dog can be quite a pain in the neck.

It's important to remember that too much stubbornness in man's best friend can lead to dangerous situations. For example, if the dog gets loose in traffic and refuses to respond to commands, it can impact the safety of your pup and your family.

Thus, be aware when choosing a dog breed, and make sure they have an energy level you can handle.

TAG24 presents the five dog breeds that can typically give owners the greatest challenges.

What are the hardest dog breeds to train?

The five least trainable dog breeds at a glance:

  • Dachshunds
  • Chihuahuas
  • Afghans
  • Bulldogs
  • Chow Chows

You have to be able to deal with disobedient dog breeds

Pet owners shouldn't invest time and money into a dog if they don't have the patience required. Every dog breed can develop into a disobedient dog if the necessary education is missing.

In addition, one should educate a dog well from the beginning and not leave it completely to its typical breed behaviors. In other words: "This dog breed is just disobedient, I can do nothing about it," won't be helpful,

If you don't have time to educate your dog or to get special dog training if necessary, it is best to get an uncomplicated dog breed. Therefore, a look at the following list of particularly disobedient dog breeds will help point you in the right direction.

Owners should begin with education as a puppy, so dogs don't become cheeky rascals!
Owners should begin with education as a puppy, so dogs don't become cheeky rascals!  © unsplash/Daniël Maas

Dachshunds

Dachshunds have a reputation for being incredibly stubborn. In fact, they are often very headstrong and don't always listen to commands.

While this may be exhausting for owners at times, there is actually a very positive quality behind it: their independence.

Dachshunds were bred for hunting, which means that their notorious stubbornness also has its advantages. When they hunt through rabbit, fox, and badger burrows or pick up tracks through woods and meadows, they have to be able to act and work independently.

Whoever invests in a dachshund as a pet should be aware of the energy level of the little rascal, and offer the dog enough exercise and mentally challenging games. Whoever can challenge and encourage this breed, and be consistent in its upbringing, will have a very loyal dog as a companion.

It is similar case with Beagles, Jack Russells, and bloodhound: They were also bred for hunting and can be overwelmingly stubborn.

Chihuahuas

Chihuahuas are one of the least trainable dogs. This little tyke has a lot of noise in its head. Listening to an owner can appear rather annoying to the Chihuahua. Owners who do not quickly set boundaries with this breed can quickly end up with a yapping, riotous fluff ball at their side.

Chihuahuas may look cute, but they need loving strictness and very consistent training. Like Dachshunds, they are very curious, bright, and have lots of energy. They should be mentally challenged with games and tricks.

Chihuahuas can be quite disobedient, but will quickly get on the right track with active training. If you give the animal a lot of attention and love, you will be rewarded with a very active, funny, and sweet little fellow.

Chihuahuas don't belong in your purse, they belong in the open air! With the right encouragement and environment, they can be obedient, loving companions.
Chihuahuas don't belong in your purse, they belong in the open air! With the right encouragement and environment, they can be obedient, loving companions.  © 123RF/nekonoazarashi

Afghans

With an Afghan as your companion, you'll need a lot of perseverance.

Afghans and many other greyhounds are quite tough and extremely stubborn. Therefore, they are often mistakenly dubbed as dumb, which is not entirely fair.

Set up a good reward system - cuddling and stroking is typically not enough. Rather, use treats to train and guide.

But be careful: too much tasty motivation is reflected in the weight of the animal, so always keep treats in moderation.

Mentally challenging games are also great for this graceful dog.

Bulldogs

Bulldogs also belong to the disobedient dog breeds.

Their stubbornness manifests itself in different ways. Some run away as if bitten by a monkey as soon as they are let off the leash. Others drive their owners to the brink of madness with their inertia or even complete refusal to move. Lying down in the middle of a walk and not moving a muscle is a common sight for stubborn bulldogs when they no longer feel like walking.

Fortunately, you can get a good handle on bulldogs' stubbornness if you practice training skills with them often and lure them with a reward. The important thing is to stay patient.

As with Afghans (or all dogs), be careful not to give too many treats, especially because of the wide and bulbous body of Bulldogs.

Bulldogs can sometimes seem a little lazy. In order for them to be obedient, you need to patiently train and motivate them.
Bulldogs can sometimes seem a little lazy. In order for them to be obedient, you need to patiently train and motivate them.  © Unsplash/Rebecca Hobbs

Chow Chows

The big fluffy Chow Chow looks like a harmless, giant teddy bear, but can demand a lot from you.

This dog breed is very stubborn and likes to make its own rules. They are not always obedient, which makes dog training difficult.

In addition, they do not always want to cuddle, even if their owners want to. Chow Chow are sometimes known for refusing to cuddle and going on a hyper rampage.

Chow Chow owners should accept the nature of these animal and give them free space. At the same time, practice commands intensively, reward them directly after the commands have been executed, and always remain consistent.

Those who are unfamiliar with this breed will quickly realize how headstrong this rather disobedient dog can be.

Disobedient dogs need more attention

Basically, you can achieve great results with your pet with the right training, no matter how obedient or disobedient a dog breed's nature is.

However, one should not underestimate the work Be aware that some dogs need more attention and consistency than others,and thus require more time and patience to lead a safe and happy life.

If these breeds sound like too much of a challenge, choose a four-legged friend that may be more "low maintenance." Happy training!

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