10 Dumbest Dog Breeds To Be Aware Of When Selecting Your Pooch

Added by Andrew Tyson on Jan 6, 2019

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.

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Mastiff

Mastiff

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.

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Beagle

Beagle

This hound was originally used for its superior nose, allowing it to track small animals with its sense of smell alone. In one experiment a mouse was placed in a one-acre field while researchers let loose a few different breeds of dogs to see how long it would take them to track the animal. The Beagle tracked the mouse in less than a minute, while other breeds took quite a bit longer. Unfortunately Beagle's rely solely on their sense of smell, and almost not at all on sight, leading to other dogs being preferred for tracking, such as Shepherds and Collies.

Beagles continue to be popular dogs, thanks to an amiable and over-trusting personality, and they can be creative when it comes to getting in trouble. However, they are easily distracted, and very single-minded.

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