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7 Dumbest Dog Breeds

Under the proper care of a loving owner, a dog can be a great addition to any family. There’s nothing like the love of a four-legged hound that just wants to play. That being said, you should also consider the level of intelligence of the breed they’re selecting.

Some dogs might take more time than you’re willing to dedicate. To help you out, here is a list of breeds that can be considered the ‘dumbest’:

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1. Afghan Hound

This particular breed of dog grows fairly large. Both males and females of the breed can weigh anywhere from 57 to 75 pounds. Afghans fall into the category of ‘sighthounds,’ a dog specifically bred for hunting thanks to their lightning speed and keen vision.

They are extremely neurotic and can be very apprehensive around strangers. Their stubbornness is another trait that makes them very difficult to train. The Afghan is a very independent breed and they may not listen to everything you say. Still, they’re a pretty loyal breed if that’s what you’re looking for.

2. Basset Hound

This breed are those lovable dogs you see with the droopy ears and the perpetually sad look on its face. The males can weigh from 51 to 64 pounds and the females from 44 to 60 pounds. Despite his endearing outside, the noggin might not compute the way other dogs’ brains do.

If you dedicate enough time, they can be trained as an excellent hunting companion. But that’s where the problem lies. It takes so much more work than other breeds and housebreaking them is no walk in the park either.

They make a great companion, but as an owner, you need to be by their side through everything they are struggling to learn during training.

3. Beagle

The beagle has adorable floppy ears, much like the basset hound, but they grow a little bit smaller. The males can weigh 22 to 24 pounds and the females 20 to 22 pounds. Don’t let the small stature fool you, though. Despite being on the list, they are more intelligent than their behavior shows.

It is their ‘hard-headedness’ that earns them a spot on the ‘dumbest dogs’ list. If you want to avoid ending up with a ‘dumb beagle’, get a puppy to socialize them early on. They take a very patient owner, but with consistent training, can make an excellent addition to the right family.

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4. Mastiff

The Mastiff is probably one of the largest dog breeds anyone can get. The males can weigh between 160 to 230 pounds and the females 120 to 170 pounds. Their size and hardheaded nature have earned them a ‘dumb ox’ title for dog breeds.

Mastiffs have a reluctant to listen to commands and so require a very strong leader, training in short sessions. Train them well and you might be able to reverse the reputation that their untrained cousins have earned them.

If you want to make a Mastiff part of the family, you’ll need to train them properly to behave around groups of humans.

5. Pekingese

The Pekingese are one of the smaller breeds on the list. Male or female, adults weigh from 7.1 to 14 pounds. If you asked any seasoned dog trainer what breed they’d rather train between a Pekingese and a Mastiff, they’d go with the giant animal. The small breed tends to have “I’m the boss” attitude about them and babying them only reinforces this behavior.

They may show nothing but love to their “master,” but you better think twice about bring your children or pets around when mom/dad and their fur child are having family time. Constant babying can make it difficult to reinforce exercises from future training sessions.

If you want to avoid having this little thing nip people in the ankles, it’ll require constant socialization and consistent training.

6. Bloodhound

Bloodhounds have a well-deserved reputation for being one of the best breeds of hunting dogs out there. They are often used by rescue parties in missing persons’ cases. A two-day old scent trail is no match for this breed.

Because they are so heavily governed by their scent, though, they are considered one of the least intelligent breeds to exist. Training requires a firm and patient hands as they sometimes seems determined to frustrate you.

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Even with training, they might not be able to hear your voice over the pounding heartbeat triggered by an interesting scent.

7. Borzoi

This dog breed is also similar to a cat. Borzoi tend to have a dislike for doing anything that pleases their owner. If most dogs are man’s best friend, the Borzoi breed might be considered the annoying roommate.

Strong leadership of a Borzoi will be rewarded with companionship and loyalty.

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