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    Least obedient dog breeds

    When it comes to obedience, a variety of factors can affect a dog's disposition. Training quality and duration, environmental factors, and the individual puppy personalities are all major contributors—but how much can a dog's breed and genetic makeup come into play?

    In 1994, neuropsychological researcher Stanley Coren sought to compile the definitive resource for understanding the inner workings of our canine companions, captured within his book, “The Intelligence of Dogs.” Coren's research was based on extensive surveys of 208 obedience judges from the American and Canadian Kennel Clubs, representing half of all judges in North America. Coren ultimately collected statistically significant data for 140 recognized dog breeds, ranking them by their working and obedience intelligence. This form of canine intelligence represents a breed's ability to learn and respond to commands and training, described by Coren as a "measure of what the dog can do for humans."

    Drawing from Coren's research, Stacker has compiled the breeds that ranked in the lowest half of working and obedience intelligence. For each breed, we've broken down their estimated understanding of new commands and ability to obey a known command the first time while adding in details on their trainability and history as a breed.

    Read on to see why not all retrievers are created equal when it comes to trainability, and why you can’t write off lapdogs when it comes to their guarding abilities.

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    #40. Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    Originally bred as an Irish hunting dog, the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier has been described as “an iron fist in a velvet glove ” for their muscular body sheathed in a soft coat.

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    #40. Bedlington Terrier (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    Bedlington Terriers, named for a small town in Northern England, share both the general physical makeup and the temperament of a sheep. They boast a thick white coat and their bodily structure makes them capable of galloping at exceptionally fast speeds.

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    #40. Fox Terrier (Smooth) (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    Fox Terriers are easily distinguishable from the stark contrast between the colorful coats which cover their head and the white coats that typically cover most of the rest of their bodies. Unlike their close relatives in the Wire Fox Terrier, this breed has more of an angular, V-shaped head.

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    #39. Curly Coated Retriever (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    The Curly Coated Retriever was originally bred in England for fetching waterfowl. It is important for owners of this breed to incorporate fun into the training process to keep the dog’s attention.

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    #39. Irish Wolfhound (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    The Irish Wolfhound is the tallest of all breeds officially recognized by the American Kennel Club, and while they stand 30 inches at a minimum, they are gentle giants. The Irish Wolfhound is known to be one of the most caring and faithful dog breeds.

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    #38. Kuvasz (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    Hungary’s beautiful Kuvasz breed resembles American favorites such as the Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever, though the working dog distinguishes itself through a unique snow-white coat. During his reign in the mid-15th century, King Matthias I of Hungary trusted his "Kuvs" more than his actual palace guards, which speaks to their loyal nature.

     

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    #38. Australian Shepherd (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    The Australian Shepard is a high-energy breed with origins as a herding dog down under. Known for their territorial and protective nature, this breed requires careful and active training.

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    #37. Saluki (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    With origins in the Middle East, Salukis resemble Greyhounds and are the second-fastest dog breeds in the world.

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    #37. Finnish Spitz (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    Finnish Spitzs, also known affectionately as Finkies, are amongst the loudest, most vocal canines around the world, and while this may be unfavorable to the casual dog lover, fanatics take great pride in these dogs’ noises. In Finland, owners congregate to determine whose Finkie is to be anointed “King Barker,” the dog responsible for the best yodeling.

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    #37. Pointer (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    The etymology of the “Pointer” is fairly self-evident. These runners’ companions assume a directional standing position which is especially useful for hunters looking to locate game birds.

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    #36. King Charles Spaniel (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    These short, hairy spaniels with big, beady eyes were especially popular amongst 17th century British monarchs Charles I and Charles II, and the breed was named in the latter’s honor as such. The breed comes in four distinct coat colors, each of which is known for an association with one royal family or another: Blenheim, Black and Tan, Ruby, and Tricolor.

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    #36. German Wirehaired Pointer (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    The German Wirehaired Pointer greatly resembles the standard Pointer in that the two share a comparable build and the same iconic directional stance. They differ in coat, however, since the German Wirehaired Pointer boasts a homogenous mix of grey and brown hairs across its body, along with a brown head with golden snout hairs resembling a lion’s mane.

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    #36. Black and Tan Coonhound (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    The first coonhound breed recognized by the American Kennel Club back in 1945, the B&T is recognizable anywhere from its beautifully transitioning coat as well as its long, droopy ears.

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    #36. American Water Spaniel (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    A relatively smaller breed, weighing anywhere between 25 and 45 pounds and measuring anywhere between 15 and 18 inches tall, the American Water Spaniel hails from the Great Lakes region. Its soft brown fur and curly-haired ears make it exceedingly unique, especially considering this rare breed only numbers about 3,000 strong today.

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    #35. Siberian Husky (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    Coming in various coats and sizes, the Siberian Husky is the pride of the Tundra, as the nimble-footed dog serves both as a productive worker and a loyal companion. The breed first gained notoriety in the early 1900s when they began dominating sled races and is today the 12th-most popular breed in America.

     

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    #35. Bichon Frise (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    This breed first gained popularity amongst European royalty in the 13th century in the likes of Italy, France, and Spain, and it's easy to see why. The Bichon Frise’s small frame, bright white coat, and bouncy walking style make it a veritable puffball with legs.

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    #34. Tibetan Spaniel (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    This breed was originally bred to keep watch on the walls of Tibetan monasteries since their excellent vision allowed them to see exceedingly long distances. Ironically enough, though, it is now fairly difficult for the casual owner to get a Tibbie to stand still, as the breed is amongst the bouncier and more energetic of the Spaniels.

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    #34. English Foxhound (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    English Foxhounds are not too physically different from their cousins across the pond, and it may be difficult to distinguish them at first glance. American Foxhounds boast a typically darker, more pronounced coat at different parts of their body, while their English counterparts are also marginally taller.

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    #34. Otterhound (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    This cheerful, energetic breed combines webbed feet, a strong build, and a razor-sharp sense of smell to serve as a great hunting dog.

     

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    #34. American Foxhound (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    American Foxhounds typically have a black, white and tan coat. American Foxhounds love room to run around in and typically have high energy, though they’re also gentle, getting along well with children and other animals.

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    #34. Greyhound (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    Capable of running over 40 miles per hour, Greyhounds are slim and athletic with long legs and a short, aerodynamic coat. However, they were bred for sprinting, not endurance; Greyhounds sleep around 18 hours a day.

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    #34. Wirehaired Pointing Griffon (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    Popular both as a show dog and a gun dog meant to assist hunters in retrieving game, the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is relatively rare in the United States.

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    #33. West Highland White Terrier (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    Westies are more than 300 years old as a breed and have become increasingly popular in the United States. Now the 42nd most popular breed overall, they rank only behind Yorkies and Bostons amongst all Terrier breeds, which likely has to do with their small frame and thick white coat.

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    #33. Scottish Deerhound (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    Larger in size than the Greyhound, the Scottish Deerhound is docile and friendly, and prefers a lot of exercise in large, open areas. A Scottish Deerhound named Cleod was featured in two Harry Potter movies as the animagus, or animal form, of Sirius Black.

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    #32. Boxer (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    Boxers are well celebrated by the AKC and have won Best in Show at Westminster four times: in 1947, 1949, 1951, and 1970. Training can pay off, but it needs to be patient and consistent—this intelligent breed invents their own form of obedience.

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    #32. Great Dane (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    Great Danes are docile and great for families, as long as they’re trained early. The tallest dog ever recorded was a Great Dane named Zeus, who was 44 inches tall—nearly four feet—from paw to shoulder.

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    #31. Dachshund (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    With a deep-rooted German heritage, these short, furry "wiener dogs" are a fan-favorite in the United States, coming in as the 13th most popular breed. Because of the Dachshund’s peculiar frame, it is important that owners do not overfeed them or they could run the risk of subjecting their dog to a herniated or slipped disc.

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    #31. Staffordshire Bull Terrier (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    Staffordshire Bull Terriers were once famous fighters, struggling for victory in England’s baiting rings.  The breed has been transformed to be kind and patient, but the AKC still recommends that young Staffies be integrated with other dogs early to develop a more easy-going nature.

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    #30. Alaskan Malamute

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    Alaskan Malamutes were originally bred to be sled dogs. They are pack animals that require their owners to establish themselves as head of the household through early training.

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    #29. Whippet (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    Whippets were originally bred to hunt rabbits and other small animals. Today, Whippets are great with agility-based skills—they also make great therapy dogs.

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    #29. Chinese Shar Pei (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    If you want a guard dog that will remain calm most of the time but spring to attention in the face of danger, a Chinese Shar Pei is a good fit.  These dogs have broad muzzles surrounded by folds of loose skin around their heads, necks, and shoulders; the name “shar pei” translates to “sand skin.”

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    #29. Wire Fox Terrier (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    Wire Fox Terriers (or “Wires”) have a history in British fox hunts: this dog’s job was to scare foxes out of their shelters so that hounds and hunters could chase them out in the open.  There have been many famous Wires throughout history, from Caesar, King Edward VII’s favorite dog, to Asta, the co-star of William Powell and Myrna Loy’s “Thin Man” movies.  The breed is often seen on screen today.

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    #28. Rhodesian Ridgeback

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    As a proud home protector and aggressive hunter, the Rhodesian Ridgeback has a history of hunting big game in centuries past. Although they’re known for their friendliness, the breed can be a bit stubborn at times.

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    #27. Ibizan Hound (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    Much like partygoers on the Spanish island for which the breed is named, Ibizan Hounds simply cannot sit still. The tall, skinny canines are world-class athletes, known for their outstanding leaping and sprinting ability.

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    #27. Welsh Terrier (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    Welsh Terriers, like Lakeland Terriers, Fox Terriers, and many other modern British breeds, are descendants from an ancient breed called the Old English Black and Tan Terrier.  The Welsh Terrier is distinguished as a bit calmer than its relatives, but still up for a challenge; this do was bred to fight badgers, otters, and other feisty game.

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    #27. Irish Terrier (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    Known as the “Daredevil of the Emerald Isle,” Irish Terriers are famously fiery both in coat color and temperament. These dogs have been farm dogs, watch dogs, hunting dogs, and family guardians, when their aggresiveness is kept in check.

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    #26. Boston Terrier (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    These friendly dogs are defined by their striking "tuxedo jacket" coat. From an obedience perspective, trainability can be a challenge given their energetic nature and occasional barking issues. This breed is a cross between the White English Terrier and the English Bulldog.

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    #26. Akita (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 25 to 40 repetitions

    Obey first command: 50% of the time or better

    Akitas were bred in the Akita Prefecture of northern Japan in the early 17th century and have been held in high regard in the nation ever since as powerful, loyal guard dogs.  One famous Akita named Hachiko went to the Shibuya Train Station every morning for ten years, waiting for the return of his owner who had passed away.  Today, Hachiko is the subject of two movies (a Japanese film and a Hollywood adaptation) and has a statue built in his likeness outside the train station he visited.

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    #25. Skye Terrier

    Understanding of new commands: 40 to 80 repetitions

    Obey first command: 30% of the time or better

    The Skye Terrier can be considered courageous, and well-tempered yet canny. They are reserved and cautious with strangers

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    #24. Norfolk Terrier (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 40 to 80 repetitions

    Obey first command: 30% of the time or better

    The Norfolk Terrier can be reserved around new people. However, the breed can coexist better with other pets better than some other terriers.

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    #24. Sealyham Terrier (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 40 to 80 repetitions

    Obey first command: 30% of the time or better

    The Sealyham Terrier has a reputation as a “bruiser” among short-legged terriers; they’re small but they pack a big bark.  When well-trained, however, these dogs are entertaining and affectionate and are commonly used as therapy dogs.

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    #23. Pug

    Understanding of new commands: 40 to 80 repetitions

    Obey first command: 30% of the time or better

    The Pug is one of the world’s oldest breeds, dating back to when they were used as hunting dogs during the Han Dynasty. With their experience as hunting dogs, they like to become the boss if their owners allow it.

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    #22. French Bulldog

    Understanding of new commands: 40 to 80 repetitions

    Obey first command: 30% of the time or better

    A generally active breed, French Bulldogs are alert and playful without being unruly. French Bulldogs typically sport an even-keeled disposition.

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    #21. Griffon Bruxellois (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 40 to 80 repetitions

    Obey first command: 30% of the time or better

    Hailing from the streets of Brussels, Belgium, this breed of Griffon is fun and affectionate, but the dogs are prone to being moody and constantly craving attention, which can be a challenge for houses filled with young children.

     

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    #21. Maltese (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 40 to 80 repetitions

    Obey first command: 30% of the time or better

    Maltese make hardy pets that are ready to alert of any intruders. They are adaptable and really shine on the agility course.

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    #20. Italian Greyhound

    Understanding of new commands: 40 to 80 repetitions

    Obey first command: 30% of the time or better

    Oftentimes oblivious of their toy size, Italian Greyhounds may need to be protected against larger dogs, mischievous children, and their own curiosity. They can pose a challenge to housetraining given their active nature.

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    #19. Chinese Crested

    Understanding of new commands: 40 to 80 repetitions

    Obey first command: 30% of the time or better

    With exposed skin, Chinese Cresteds will need canine clothes and human sunblock in the summer. Cresteds tend to like children, but they’re far too small to accommodate roughhousing, and they can be one of the most difficult breeds to housetrain.

     

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    #18. Dandie Dinmont Terrier (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 40 to 80 repetitions

    Obey first command: 30% of the time or better

    Dandies are small, love to hunt, and are affectionate toward people they become familiar with. Even though they do not require as much exercise and attention as other dogs, Dandies quickly become bored with repetitive tasks and will need to have diverse training sessions.

     

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    #18. Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 40 to 80 repetitions

    Obey first command: 30% of the time or better

    A small hound breed originating in France, the PBGV was used to hunt small animals in rocky terrain, which led the breed to develop superior intelligence, a keen sense of smell, and agile physical strength.

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    #18. Tibetan Terrier (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 40 to 80 repetitions

    Obey first command: 30% of the time or better

    Contrary to their name, Tibetan Terriers are not an actual terrier breed but have been called that due to similarities in size. These dogs are very energetic, intelligent, and independent, which can be a tricky combination for trainers to work with, but very rewarding with the right amount of patience.

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    #18. Japanese Chin (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 40 to 80 repetitions
    Obey first command: 30% of the time or better

    Known historically for being bred as companions to Japanese royals and other aristocrats, the small and playful Chin dogs are best trained through positive reinforcement and fun activities that help them learn new tricks.

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    #18. Lakeland Terrier (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 40 to 80 repetitions

    Obey first command: 30% of the time or better

    Known best for their uniquely hairy, cylindrical snout, Lakeland Terriers stand at about 14 to 15 inches and weigh approximately 17 pounds when fully grown. The breed is named for its origin in the Lake Region in the north of England, where it was originally used to ward off foxes which threatened sheep herds. 

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    #17. Old English Sheepdog

    Understanding of new commands: 40 to 80 repetitions

    Obey first command: 30% of the time or better

    Old English Sheepdogs have a tendency to bark and howl. They also have a relatively large need for exercise.

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    #16. Great Pyrenees

    Understanding of new commands: 40 to 80 repetitions

    Obey first command: 30% of the time or better

    Great Pyrenees make great protectors. These large dogs can jump into action at the drop of a dime to protect their owners.

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    #15. Scottish Terrier (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 40 to 80 repetitions

    Obey first command: 30% of the time or better

    A popular breed of the 1930s and 1940s, Scotties were bred as watchdogs and farm helpers, so they are used to being independent and aloof. They carry themselves with confidence and dignity, and respond well to different vocal cues.

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    #15. Saint Bernard (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 40 to 80 repetitions

    Obey first command: 30% of the time or better

    While Saint Bernards can make great companions, be prepared to deal with temperament issues. Saint Bernards can demand a decent amount of training.

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    #14. Bull Terrier

    Understanding of new commands: 40 to 80 repetitions

    Obey first command: 30% of the time or better

    Bull Terriers were originally developed as a fighting breed. With a little extra attention to discipline, a few minutes a day of training can have positive results.

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    #13. Chihuahua

    Understanding of new commands: 40 to 80 repetitions

    Obey first command: 30% of the time or better

    Rarely growing taller than 8 inches or larger than 6 pounds, it’s no surprise that Chihuahuas have become known affectionately as “purse dogs.” While the breed originally hailing from Mexico requires a lot of physical activity, it can typically get more than sufficient exercise in a very small space because of its slender frame.  

     

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    #12. Lhasa Apso

    Understanding of new commands: 40 to 80 repetitions

    Obey first command: 30% of the time or better

    Originally bred in Tibet to be a defender, the Lhasa Apso's peculiar appearance and demeanor can be a fright to people walking through the front door. One must consider their protective nature prior to choosing one as a family pet.

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    #11. Bullmastiff

    Understanding of new commands: 40 to 80 repetitions

    Obey first command: 30% of the time or better

    Known to be independent thinkers, Bullmastiffs make good family pets if trained consistently. However, they top out at 130 pounds of mostly muscle and can be aggressive with young children.

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    #10. Shih Tzu

    Understanding of new commands: 80 to 100 repetitions or more

    Obey first command: 25% of the time or worse

    The 20th most popular dog breed in America, Shih Tzus are wonderfully cute companions that stick around for quite some time, with the typical lifespan ranging from 10 to 18 years. Shih Tzus have a strongly-rooted historical association with royalty, as they were the preferred lapdog of multiple Chinese emperors.

     

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    #9. Basset Hound

    Understanding of new commands: 80 to 100 repetitions or more

    Obey first command: 25% of the time or worse

    The Basset Hound has an extremely strong sense of smell, trailing only the coonhound in following ability. They do not prefer to be alone for long periods of time, and can become destructive if left alone for too long.

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    #8. Mastiff (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 80 to 100 repetitions or more

    Obey first command: 25% of the time or worse

    Mastiffs stand out due to their large size, as they are one of the heaviest dog breeds out there. A Mastiff dog is usually very calm and loving to its family, however, as long as you can get past its stubbornness during training sessions.

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    #8. Beagle (tie)

    Understanding of new commands: 80 to 100 repetitions or more

    Obey first command: 25% of the time or worse

    While Beagles are popular today on cuteness alone, the breed was originally developed with the intention of pack hunting. While nobody knows the exact origin of the breed name, historians hypothesize that it derives from “be’geule,” the French word for the noise they make while hunting.

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    #7. Pekingese

    Understanding of new commands: 80 to 100 repetitions or more

    Obey first command: 25% of the time or worse

    Pekingese are known to be independent, stubborn, and difficult to train. This breed can also be considered aloof with strangers.

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    #6. Bloodhound

    Understanding of new commands: 80 to 100 repetitions or more

    Obey first command: 25% of the time or worse

    Bloodhounds are known to be “sleuth seekers” and can be interested in wherever the nose takes them; this can pose an issue with obedience training.

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    #5. Borzoi

    Understanding of new commands: 80 to 100 repetitions or more

    Obey first command: 25% of the time or worse

    While Borzois were bred to chase game, this behavior can be avoided with early obedience training. Also, early training helps the Borzoi with being around all types of people and animals.

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    #4. Chow Chow

    Understanding of new commands: 80 to 100 repetitions or more

    Obey first command: 25% of the time or worse

    Chow Chow are intensely loyal but can be stubborn. They need repetition, early and often.

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    #3. Bulldog

    Understanding of new commands: 80 to 100 repetitions or more

    Obey first command: 25% of the time or worse

    Bulldogs can also benefit from early socialization and training. They are constant chewers and like playing tug-of-war. Early discipline encourages when this game is appropriate.

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    #2. Basenji

    Understanding of new commands: 80 to 100 repetitions or more

    Obey first command: 25% of the time or worse

    Basenjis will do what they want, when they want. They are ferocious chewers—anything left on the floor is fair game.

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    #1. Afghan Hound

    Understanding of new commands: 80 to 100 repetitions or more

    Obey first command: 25% of the time or worse

    The Afghan hound has an independent streak, and this mentality translates to being difficult to train. They were originally groomed as predators, and can continue that tendency through maturity.

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