The Top 10 Dumbest Dog Breeds, Ranked

October 26, 2017

Dogs are our best friends, there’s no arguing with that. But there’s also no arguing with the fact that some are...well...smarter than others. We recently posted a list of the top 10 smartest dogs, so here’s the other side—the top 10 dumbest dogs.

Here’s the thing, it’s hard to tell how smart or dumb a dog is. These dogs have difficulty understanding new commands—it takes 80 to 100 repetitions for them to learn. They also only obey the first command around 25% of the time or less. Check out the full ranking of dog breeds here.

10. Shih Tzu

Shih Tzu dogs are popular toy-size dogs. They have extremely long hair that can be difficult to keep up. Their main purpose is as a companion dog, so they don’t need a lot of exercise. They can be trained, but it does take more time than some others.

9. Basset Hound

Basset Hounds have a unique look with droopy ears and short legs. They do have great hunting and scenting abilities. They are extremely patient with families and children. They also are trainable, again, not as easily as some others.

8. Mastiff

Mastiffs are intimidating dogs. They are extremely bulky and tall. What makes them even more intimidating is the muscles you can see bunching under their skin. They do need quite a bit of exercise and are fairly trainable.

7. Beagle

Beagles are great hunting dogs. They are well-known for their floppy ears and gentle eyes. They are very active and need a lot of exercise. They were originally bred to hunt in packs, so they need a lot of socialization.

6. Pekingese

These dogs have been depicted in Chinese art as far back as the 8th century. At one point, they were sacred within China and were reserved for royalty. They are small, indoor dogs with long hair and dark eyes.

5. Borzoi

Borzoi dogs are large and elegant but are known to behave similarly to a tall cat. They are extremely loyal and sweet but can be easily surprised, which can lead to aggression. They are one of the faster breeds, topping out at 35 to 40 miles per hour.

4. Chow Chow

Chow Chows are strong, but compact medium-sized dogs. They’re not the most active dog and aren’t very trainable. Their fluffy fur and wrinkled faces are pretty darling, though.

3. Bulldog

Bulldogs are known for their lumberous gait. They are a medium-sized dog. They are one of the most popular breeds in America. They are well-known for being lovable, though they might look intimidating.

2. Basenji

This breed might be the world’s oldest dog breed—that doesn’t mean they’re smart though! Cave paintings dated back to 6,000 B.C. depict dogs with curled tails—a feature of Basenji dogs. They may have even inspired an Egyptian god, Anubis. These dogs are most well-known for the fact that they don’t bark—instead they yodel. Check out the above video to see what it sounds like.

1. Afghan Hound

Afghan Hounds are another dog that has been well known since ancient times. They have extremely long hair and pointed noses. They need a ton of exercise because they were bred for high-speed pursuit. As the “dumbest dog” they aren’t very trainable, but they can make elegant companions.

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