Yesterday, we posted up the Top 10 Most Intelligent Dogs according to Stanley Coren’s book, The Intelligence of Dogs. Today, here is his list for the Top 10 Least Intelligent Dogs. Many readers took offense at equating obedience with intelligence. So, if I didn’t do well on the SAT because I refused to take it seriously, does that make me stupid? Depends on who you ask. And I also bet that The Intelligence of Dogs sells better than The Obedience of Dogs.
To get these ratings, about 200 judges from the Canadian and U.S. Kennel Clubs completed a questionnaire about the characteristics of various dog breeds. The intelligence ratings were based on how many repetitions it took for a certain breed to master a new command. The breeds on this following list took at least 80 repetitions (or more) to learn a new command and tended to obey first commands less than 25% of the time.
Stanley Coren’s list of least obedient dogs by breed:
#1 — Afghan Hounds: These dogs are considered to have a low “obedience level” among dog breeders and trainers. They are courageous, sweet and sensitive. The book also describes the Afghan Hounds as having many “cat-like” personality traits. Are those fighting words?
#2 — Basenjis: These dogs are most known for their unique bark and some even refer to them as barkless dogs. They also have cat-like personality traits (see above). They are thought to be harder to train than most dogs.
#3 — Bulldogs: These dogs are courageous, dependable, and quite gentle. They were originally bred to guard, control and bait bulls.
#4 — Chow Chows: They are loyal and have a dominant nature. Their stubbornness may be mistaken for a lack of intelligence.
#5 — Borzois (also known as Russian wolfhounds): They have a free thinking and independent personality. They are not as driven to please their owners as most other dogs. This may make them harder to train. They are loyal and affectionate.
#6 — Bloodhounds: They can track any scent, even a scent trail that is over one hundred hours old. The Bloodhound is determined and a hard worker. Training requires a firm hand and plenty of patience.
#7 — Pekingeses: They are very independent and dominant which makes them difficult dogs to train. They are extremely brave and make good watchdogs.
#8 — Mastiffs: They can be quite stubborn at times, which some may confuse with a lack of intelligence. When training a Mastiff, try keeping the sessions short (around ten to fifteen minutes) but frequent (two or three times a day.) Because Mastiffs are quite sensitive, you will have better results if you train using an excited and happy voice.
#9 — Beagles: They are independent which makes them a challenge to train. They are great family pets.
#10 — Basset Hounds: They are well known for their scenting ability and endurance when tracking. Housebreaking and training can be difficult.
Feel free to add your comments about this list. We know you can’t wait.