10 Dumbest Dog Breeds To Be Aware Of When Selecting Your Pooch
Sometimes using the process of elimination can help you select the perfect dog for your needs - so we decided to compile a list of the dumbest dog breeds (according to parameters such as trainability and command obedience), in order to help you in your journey of selecting the pooch that's just right for you.
While the dog breeds in this list might be considered the "dumbest" or least trainable around in general, that doesn't mean every dog of the breed lacks intelligence. In fact, even the dumbest breeds can breed some rather smart dogs - a lot of it is up to the training and stimulation given the pup from a young age.
While many dog breeds are of the "Mastiff" variety, the only true Mastiff is also referred to as the English Mastiff. Originally used as Roman war dogs, this massive breed is noble and gentle, but not particularly bright.
They are loyal, and are natural guard dogs that will ferociously protect their nuclear family. They can be a bit on the lazy side, and sometimes their lack of response to a command comes more from the area of not caring than not understanding. These are not dogs for urban environments or apartments, either, as they need space to move.
The hound family of dogs features prominently in the least intelligent dog breeds, although that likely has much to do with their singular purpose, which is to track prey.
Basset hounds are stubborn dogs that will shut down if punishment training is used rather than food-based reward training. They are friendly, docile, and patient, making them a great family dog, but will never be a strong contender in obedience trials. They are not particularly independent, although they do need enclosed spaces and leashes as they tend to bolt after any scent that catches their fancy.