Difficult Dog Breeds to Train – 7 Stubborn Dogs

Many dogs are easy to train, but some Dog Breeds are difficult to train There are some dog breeds who might just test the limits of your patience while you’re trying to teach them or they might find loopholes in your so-called rules. And it’s not because these dog breeds are not smart. Nope. In fact, quite the contrary–these dog breeds can be highly intelligent. Let’s find out the Difficult dog breeds to train.

7. Basset Hound

Difficult Dog Breeds to Train - Basset HoundIt’s hard not to love the droopy Basset Hound. That is until you try to train one. The Basset Hound is notoriously stubborn.

This doesn’t mean you will be unable to train a well-behaved Basset, but this breed has an independent one-track mind that takes patience, time and persistence to get the point across.

The AKC characterizes the breed as “a bit stubborn.” Most people who’ve been owned by a Basset would likely use less family-friendly language.

Like the other dogs on this list, the Basset won’t be easy to train for a novice owner. But, if you’re willing to put in the time, perhaps take some dog-training classes with your companion, your Basset can be trained.

6. Dachshund

Difficult Dog Breeds to Train - DachshundLike the Basset, hounds, in general are difficult to train, due to the independent, single track thinking required of a hunting breed.

The Dachshund is no exception. These small, sausage-shaped pups are more than meets the eye in many ways.

As “big dogs in small packages,” they’re not afraid to stand their ground, even against dogs more than twice their size. But as protective and loyal as they are, they can be stubborn, as well as being quite mischievous. In fact, the Dachshund found itself at the number one spot on our list of Naughtiest Dogs.

The Dachshund is not a bad dog, however. Just make sure you practice patience when training your wiener, and also make sure you take them out for exercise more than once each day, as they are quite active little pooches.

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5. Akita

Difficult Dog Breeds to Train - AkitaThe Akita is a beautiful breed of dog. They are faithful guardians and protectors of their family. But, you guessed it, the Akita is stubborn and quite difficult to train.

In fact, if an Akita gets bored with a training session, it’ll just walk away. But, the Akita is highly intelligent and can learn the commands quite easily. You’ve just got to keep your Akita’s attention. If you’re a novice owner, getting professional help in dealing with your Akita’s complex attitude is highly recommended, as a well-trained Akita is a relaxed, well-rounded dog.

4. Dalmatian -Difficult Dog Breeds to Train

Difficult Dog Breeds to Train - DalmatianSurely the stars of 101 Dalmatians can’t be hard to train? Because of the usual and unfortunate rush that follows a dog being featured in a movie, too many people have found out the hard way just how stubborn this dog can be.

You might assume that Dalmatians are good-natured. And, they usually are. That is until you try to get a Dalmatian to do something that it is less than enthusiastic to do.

Dalmatians are both manipulative and obstinate and stubborness is often considered a less than flattering common temperament issue with the breed.

Without consistent training and guidance, your Dalmatian might develop unwanted habits, such as growling, biting, jumping, or snapping. This is not to say that Dalmatians are bad dogs just that they require a strong and consistent trainer.

3. Chow Chow – Difficult Dog Breeds to Train

Difficult Dog Breeds to Train - Chow ChowThe Chow Chow might look like a giant Teddy Bear, but after a training session, you might be a bit too frustrated to cuddle your pooch.

The AKC states that these dogs have “cat-like personalities” that make them independent, stubborn, and less than eager to please their owners.

Like getting a 3-year-old child to eat vegetables, persuading your Chow to obey even simple commands can be at the very minimum frustrating.

It is often recommended that these stubborn dogs be matched with an even more stubborn trainer.

2. Beagle – Difficult Dog Breeds to Train

BeagleBeagles top the chart when it comes to being a cute hound dog. But, like the Basset and Dachshund, the Beagle is a hound, which means the Beagle is stubborn, due to their independent nature and the fact that a Beagle would rather follow its nose than your commands.

People love Beagles and they can be trained. Some Beagles even work for the US Government, sniffing out contraband in airports.

But Beagles are classified by the AKC as difficult to train, even by experienced dog handlers, saying that Beagles are at most temporarily obedient.

Add in a bit of mischievousness and it might not be surprising that the Beagle also found itself on our Naughtiest Dog Breeds list.

1. Siberian Husky – Difficult Dog Breeds to Train

 Siberian HuskySiberian Huskies are among the most beautiful dog breeds on Earth with their piercing eyes and wolf-like coats. And, all things considered, the Siberian is one of the most intelligent dog breeds around.

But with that beauty and intelligence comes a very strong will and a notorious knack for throwing epic temper tantrums, whining, howling and moaning until they get what they want.

You’re going to need a strong will of your own, if you are thinking about adopting one of the glorious dogs. An untrained Siberian Husky will train you to do its bidding.

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Are you strong-willed enough to train one of these stubborn, but otherwise wonderful dogs? Let us know about your stubborn dog experience in the comments.

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