Top 11 dumbest dog breeds in the world

Is this dog breed being dumb? what are dumbest dog breeds? What breed of dog is considered the dumbest?

Many times these types of questions come in your mind. Ask yourself are they legit? I don’t think so first you have to understand the meaning of dumb. Dumb means unable to speak, mute, speechless, etc but it doesn’t have anything to do with the intelligence. Here the dumbest dog breeds refer to the dogs who are difficult to train, who are stubborn. Just like human intelligence, the intelligence of a dog can be tested or measured in many ways. According to Stanley Coren’s book THE INTELLIGENCE OF DOGS we can measure the intelligence of a dog with the help of these three ways.

  • Instinctive intelligence – instinctive intelligence refers to a dog’s ability to do the tasks which they are breed for such as herding, hunting, etc.
  • Adaptive intelligence – adaptive intelligence refers to a dog’s ability to solve problems on its own.
  • Obedience intelligence – obedience intelligence refers to a dog’s ability to learn from humans or to follow their instructions wisely.

“No individual dog or an entire breed should be considered ‘dumb,’” says Gina DiNardo, executive secretary for the American Kennel Club. “Ease of training is not an accurate way to assess a dog’s intelligence. What we humans may perceive as an animal being ‘dumb’ may be independence, stubbornness, or aloofness, which are common characteristics in many breeds. Training takes time and patience, and every dog is different. Learn different training techniques available, and if you are having problems, seek out a trainer or online dog training course who can give you the skills that you need to teach your dog.”

Why hounds considered as dumb breeds?

Hounds are specialized in tracking their prey. Hounds can be easily distracted because of their insane ability to track scent by their noses. They just want to do their job for which they are bred and didn’t like to listen or please anybody. For example, Bloodhound can sniff you from many miles away, but you can’t expect the same from a Golden retriever who is considered as one of the most intelligent breeds. They each have a different skill set and can excel in their own ways.

Now let’s have a look at the top 12 dogs who are difficult to train which is categorized as dumbest dog breeds.

1. Afghan hound Dog Breed

Afghan Hound - Dumbest Dog Breeds

The Afghan Hound is a hound that is described by its thick, fine, silky coat and its tail with a ring curl at the end. They are slim, stylish, and swift. Afghan Hound puppy has an independent personality with high self-esteem. They can be aloof or a little reserved in front of strangers because of their personality. But if you give respect and train this dog by showing respect for their freedom and personality, they will reward you and your family with the most affectionate and loving behavior.

2. Bloodhound Dog Breed

Bloodhound - Dumbest Dog Breeds

Bloodhound is a large scent hound, they are originally bred for hunting deer, wild boar, and tracking people. They are the most commonly used dog breed by the police because of their incredible sense of smell. They can smell up to 130 miles of a particular scent. But they are difficult to train because they get easily distracted by the magnificent smells just waiting to be investigated. Although they are stubborn, independent, and have lots of energy. Bloodhound is truly friendly and affectionate but they are not overly attached to the owner.

3. Bulldog Dog Breed

Bull dog

The Bulldog is also known as English bulldog and is medium-sized dog breeds. As we know that bulldogs are muscular, loving, and affectionate towards their masters. They also defend their owner from any trouble. A bit on the other side training a bulldog can be very frustrating and a long process. But if you are strict with your training schedule with your dog and can be a little more patient then this dog breed can also be trained very well and you can have a good companion standing by your side.

4. Pug Dog Breed

Pug - Dumbest Dog Breeds

Pug is a dog breed with distinctive features in them. They are extremely cute as well as adorable. They can show many expressions on their face like sad, happy, surprise, etc. but on the other hand, a pug can be stubborn many times, and are not easy to train. Pug lack in obedience training and that’s why they are considered to be dumb dogs. If a pug is trained properly then they can be one of the best human companions.

5. beagle Dog Breed


Beagle is a medium-sized dog breed and is known for its affectionate and loyal behavior. They can be mischievous for some time and difficult to handle. Beagles are independent and don’t like to sit for a long period of time that’s why they are not easy to train. Beagles can be easily distracted by anything and that’s why they make a place in the list of dumbest dog breeds. But if you train a beagle properly they are the best dogs to have.

6. English mastiff Dog Breed

English Mastiff

English mastiff is a large breed of dog and a great example of loyal as well as one of the most hard-working dogs. These mastiffs only listen to the commands of the person who they respect the most. They are slow learners and for that reason gain a seat in the dumbest dog breeds list. But if you are dedicated and consistent with your training schedule then this dog can be a very good and well-trained dog. The training session with this dog should be short for better results.

7. Shih tzu Dog Breed

Shih Tzu - Dumbest Dog Breeds

Shih Tzu is a toy dog breed which is bred in China for thousands of years. They are known for their fun-loving behavior, playfulness and they can be mischievous many times, and for that reason, they get into trouble many times. But they can be stubborn many of the times and due to this stubbornness they are considered in the dumbest dog breeds.

8. Chow chow Dog Breed

Chow Chow - Dumbest Dog Breeds

The Chow Chow dog breed is originally from northern China, where it is referred to as Songshi-Quan, which translates to “puffy-lion dog”. This breed can be a big challenge for its parents. Because this breed is totally intelligent that likes to follow their own mind and can be aloof sometimes. They even challenge their owner or accept any form of authority because of their independent-stubborn behavior. If you observe them, they have a serious expression on their face and this proves that they can be excellent dog breeds for a guard dog. Just be consistent and don’t be harsh on them, just show them who is the real Alpha of the pack then they become a good family companion.

9. Saint Bernard Dog Breed

Saint Bernard

St Bernard is a very large working dog breed from the western Alps in Italy and Switzerland. They are known for their friendliness, lovable behavior, and calmness we also know them with the name of giant fury nanny dogs. They are very patient with children while playing with them but their obedience intelligence score is low that’s why they come in this list. Bernard can be independent sometimes but can be easily trained by proper methods as compared to the other dogs which make the list of dumbest dog breeds.

10. Chihuahua Dog Breed

Chihuahua  - Small Dog Breed

Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog. They are known for their fun-loving behavior. But on the other side, they are very stubborn and sometimes very difficult to handle. They think they can be the house leaders if you will provide this opportunity to them. They are very possessive about their owner or the person that they love the most. Because of their stubbornness, they lack obedience intelligence and are considered to be a dumb dog breed. But with the proper training and good socialization, they can be a very good companion but you have to do this while they are pup means in the early stages.

11. Maltese Dog breed


Maltese belongs to the toy group dog breeds. It is thought to have originated in south-central Europe from dogs of spitz type. Although Maltese is a very fun-loving dog breed and are known for their cuteness. Maltese is an intelligent dog breed but because of their stubbornness, they are considered in the dumbest dog breed list. They can manipulate their owners and can have what they want. If you will praise them and respect them, they will reward you with lots of love and loyalty. Don’t overcorrect your dog while the training session that can be turned into more stubbornness of your dog.

Today’s Quote –

“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.” – John Steinbeck

So, these conclude the list of dogs that are considered to be the dumbest dog breeds but are they? In reality, these breeds are not dumb they are just difficult to train. As an owner, it’s your own responsibility to train your dog. The time and the effort to train a dog totally depend upon the type of breed it is. Some dog breeds need more attention, care, love, and training as compared to others. Just be consistent and dedicated with your dog and he will be turned into a great companion. Don’t give up on them they are just our fury babies. All dogs are good and nice in their own personalities, they have different talents in them. We just need to love them and they will reward us with unconditional love and support.


  1. How to Test a Dog’s Intelligence – WikiHow
  2. How to Tell if Your Dog is Intelligent – PetMD

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Written by Adrienne Farricelli, well versed CPDT-KA(1) certified dog trainer.
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