There are definitely some dogs that are smarter than others. 

If you want to get a new dog, it is important that you learn about your options. For this list, we chose dogs that have a reputation for being difficult to train or have issues with problem-solving.

10 Dumbest Dog Breeds

1. Dalmatian – Dumbest Dog?

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While dalmatians are amazing friends and stunning dogs, but they are difficult to train in general. After the cartoon “101 dalmatian” this breed became extremely popular. But nowadays it’s not that many such dogs on a street. Why? Because officially they are the dumbest dogs ever. These dogs tend to be fairly lazy and a little dense when it comes to figuring out certain things on their own. They are, however, extremely lovable and loyal animals. This is definitely one of the more adorable dumb dog breeds you will find.

2. Bulldog

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Bulldogs are known for their slack-jawed appearance that makes them look about how smart they actually are. It’s not uncommon to see these dogs lazily lying around with their tongue protruding from their mouth. These dogs can definitely learn some tricks, but they aren’t quite as intelligent as other breeds. You will probably have a fairly difficult time training these dogs, as they can be very stubborn and a little “simple”.

3. Siberian Husky

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The husky is a very stunning and lovable but somewhat stupid dog that many people enjoy having around. These dogs aren’t great problem solvers in the world, but they are very friendly and outgoing by nature. They were created to run over 300 km in the snow the same as Alaskan malamutes but thinking is not their strength. Especially if they have a choice to run away. 

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4. Pekingese


The Pekingese is a small little dog that has a lot of personalities but not a very high IQ. These dogs have a reputation of being fairly disobedient, which can certainly become tiresome after a while. It is a loyal and loving breed, but not one that takes well to training. It’s hard not to fall in love with these dogs pretty much right away, despite the fact that they aren’t incredibly bright.

5. Saint Bernard

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Saint Bernard is a very large and gentle overall dog, but it doesn’t take well to training at all. In fact, a lot of people who try to train these dogs to get frustrated and give up. The fact is that Saint Bernards don’t require all that much training. They naturally have a sweet disposition and are pretty well behaved. This is another great choice to consider if you have children. You won’t have to worry about this dog harming your kids, even by accident.

6. Basset Hound

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The Basset Hound is an undeniably cute dog with its floppy ears and big eyes. These dogs are known for being remarkably patient, making them great for families with young children. They are known for being pretty lazy and relaxed, but very also very stubborn. The fact is that you will likely have one heck of a time trying to train this type of dog. It takes a lot of time and dedication, but it can certainly be worth all the effort.

7. Beagle


The Beagle has a solid reputation for being one of the most stubborn dogs on the planet. It is, however, quite endearing with its ever-present smile and bouncy nature. These dogs are also popular with families, and it’s easy to see why. The sweet and gentle nature of this breed will most likely draw you in right away. Just remember that training this dog is quite the undertaking, so you need to be prepared.

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8. Chow Chow

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A Chow Chow makes for a great dog for many reasons, including its effectiveness as a guard dog. If you want to feel a little bit safer at home, this is an excellent dog to consider. This breed can be extremely challenging though, especially for beginners. If you have never owned a Chow Chow before, you will have to put up with a lot of shenanigans. While these dogs aren’t necessarily stupid in a traditional way, they are very stubborn and strong-willed.

9. Borzoi


The Borzoi has a sort of cat-like personality that appeals to a lot of people. It loves to be around people and please their owners whenever possible. This breed is known for having issues with independent problem solving though. This means that training this type of dog isn’t an easy task, to say the least. If you can get past this, the Borzoi is a great dog to consider getting.



The Basenji is far from a trainable dog—in fact, it is downright stubborn. These dogs are smart in certain ways but not so much in others. When it comes to trainability, they score pretty low overall. They can be quite a handful, even when they are fully matured, adults. This makes the Basenji a dog that is not well-suited for everyone. The fact is that you have to be prepared to deal with a lot. If you have a high tolerance for dogs that are mischievous and stubborn, you might want to think about getting one of these adorable pups.


  • The winner in dumbest dogs nomination is definitely dalmatian.
  • Bulldogs are adorable dogs, but they are pretty lazy and stubborn overall.
  • Husky are cute fluffy friends that are great for families with small kids, but they are stubborn, to say the least.
  • The Pekingese is a cute little dog that is strong-willed and tends to do whatever it wants, which can be tough to deal with.
  • Saint Bernards are loyal protectors, but you’ll have to put up with a lot of frustrating behavior that is difficult to train out of them.
  • Basset Hounds have an incredibly adorable appearance, but they are known for being stubborn and hard to train.
  • Don’t let the small size of the Beagle fool you. It is a cute little dog, but hard to take care of for a lot of people.
  • Chow Chows make excellent guard dogs, but they can be hard to put up with due to all of their shenanigans.
  • The Borzoi is a social that dogs that love people, but it doesn’t have the strongest problem-solving skills.
  • The Basenji is known for being extremely stubborn, so you need to keep that in mind before picking one up.
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