These are the hardest dog breeds to train

These are the hardest dog breeds to train

Along with offering love and affection, dog training is incredibly important when you bring a new furry friend home. In some cases, especially with the hardest dogs to train, the process requires a lot more patience and consistency. And while personal history combined with physical capabilities partially determine training ability, studies have shown that breed plays a role too.

In this gallery, we've assembled the dog breeds experts say are the hardest to train. But keep in mind that it's not that these pups aren't trainable, but rather that they might require some extra attention and a knowledgeable trainer. Click through the gallery to meet the class clowns! 


A skilled hunting dog, the Beagle can be hard to train because they have a strong focus on the smells around them and a genetic inclination to follow scent trails. They have a strong predisposition to bark and chase if they're not trained. 

Catahoula Leopard Dog

Bred to brave the swamps of Louisiana, these canines were used as protection, primarily from wild hogs. If left alone too much, they can become aggressive and destructive. This combined with their independent nature means they need an experienced trainer.

Siberian husky

Siberian huskies were bred to think independently, which can make them less responsive to traditional training methods. They're also prone to lots of barking, digging, and running away when they're not properly exercised.

Afghan Hound

With its elegant snout and sleek long hair, the Afghan Hound has a dazzling appearance. But you might have a hard time training this dog because they tend towards aloofness. While they might not always obey, they will certainly stay loyal. 

Jack Russell Terrier

This small, powerful breed was bred for fox hunting. They have a very high prey drive, which makes them one of the hardest dogs to train.

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