Pet parents are quick to acknowledge that while most dogs are highly intelligent, this characteristic may have one negative effect on the behavior of Fido—he may be very smart but also quite stubborn. Like children, dogs can develop a stubborn streak as well. They may be a little more difficult to train, and stubborn dog breeds may appear a bit more independent than others.
It is important to remember that most “stubborn” dogs are actually quite intelligent dog breeds, and they need a little different approach to training especially at the young age. These are not “dumb” dogs by any definition of the word; in fact, most stubborn dog breeds are rather clever.
Dogs that are stubborn need a true leader; they need a pet parent who will be consistent and will not allow the dog to “have its way.” With these dogs, an experienced handler is best.
While pet parents may shy away from dogs with a reputation for independence, these dogs are often some of the best pets once properly trained. Let’s take a look at the fifteen “most stubborn” dog breeds, according to pet parents and trainers.
1. The Siberian Husky
The Husky was bred to lead teams of dogs through snowy, icy trails. Often mislabeled as a stubborn breed, they are actually highly intelligent, and they will become the “alpha” if their handler does not provide leadership and consistency in training as well as everyday interactions.
Keep in mind that the Husky loves to work. They will need a great deal of activity in order to be happy and healthy. Providing adequate activity will make training easier, and it will improve the behavior of your dog on a daily basis. Positive reinforcement dog training is a great method to use.
2. The Dachshund
The Dachshund is a “hound” dog, and this breed is naturally a bit stubborn. Although the Doxie is a small dog, like other hounds, the Dachshund will seek an alpha, a leader. They need consistent training from day one, and they need the right amount of activity in order to be happy.
While the Dachshund isn’t typically destructive if he doesn’t get his way, he will take the lead and he may even “run” his handler if proper training isn’t provided. Again, a strong and consistent leader is best for the Dachshund.
3. The Boston Terrier
The Boston Terrier is a dog that is descended from bulldog breeds, including the French Bulldog. It is a truly American dog in that it was completely developed in the United States.
Although the Boston Terrier is considered one of the most stubborn dog breeds, the Boston is actually one of the sweetest, most loyal breeds a pet parent could procure. The Boston does prefer to do what it wants, but they are never aggressive. They are playful and may take a little extra time to train when compared to other small breed dogs.
However, if pet parents will begin training them at about eight weeks of age (or ten, depending upon if the puppy is mature enough to begin socialization and training), the Boston Terrier is fairly easy to train. They do require consistency; sometimes it is best if the Boston Terrier is trained by one person so that there are no inconsistencies during this crucial time. Like a small child, the Boston Terrier relies on a routine. They may be prone to separation anxiety in dogs, so consistency is key to training correctly. Again, if you’ll commit to at least one year of consistent training, you’ll have a loyal and sweet pup that will stick by your side at all times.
4. The Chihuahua
Chihuahuas have been known to “take over” when their pet parents are inexperienced and don’t understand how to provide the proper training for the breed, making them labeled as stubborn pups. The Chihuahua is often a one-person dog as well, which can only lead to further behavioral problems if owners do not establish the proper type of relationship with the Chihuahua.
The Chihuahua responds best to consistent, early training. Learn how to socialize a dog from an early age and it can be very loving! They will not accept children or other members of the family unless they have been socialized to do so. Furthermore, this tiny boss will run the household if allowed.
5. The Scottish Terrier
Terrier dogs tend to be, well, territorial in a number of ways. The Scottish Terrier is fiercely independent, and like other “stubborn” dogs, they don’t trust strangers as a whole.
The Scottish Terrier needs early socialization with children and other dogs as soon as he is mature enough for training. Scottish Terrier pet parents will also need to commit to consistency in training. Often, pet parents can begin the socialization process when the Scottish Terrier is just a couple of months old. After a year or so of consistent training, she will fall into a routine in which both you and she can appreciate.
6. The Shiba Inu
The Shiba Inu is known for being highly aloof with strangers. They tend not to trust anyone outside their family unit. However, the Shiba Inu is a highly intelligent dog that makes a great family pet—even though you’ll need to commit to a great deal of training in the first year or two of the Shiba Inu’s life.
7. The Beagle
The Beagle is a hound at heart; it was developed to assist hunters by flushing out prey as well as being a gundog. Because the Beagle is a hound, it is chiefly driven by scent and by its very high prey drive. Sometimes, this prey drive takes over any type of training provided to the dog.
The Beagle, however, is a jolly little dog that enjoys interacting with its humans. Like most hounds—and gundogs—owners will want to begin training the Beagle as soon as the puppy is mature enough to start. The Beagle is very smart, and they are quite independent. With this dog, socialization is important as they can be aloof with humans who aren’t consistent handlers.
The Beagle will need to be coaxed into obedience at times. If pet parents can understand and remember that the Beagle fights its prey drive and the desire to track down a good scent, then they will have a little more patience with the hound in this breed.
8. The Fox Terrier
The Fox Terrier backs down from no challenge, and they’ll defend their territory unabashedly. Although they are small dogs, they are completely unaware of their small stature.
The Fox Terrier is said to “know its worth,” and they aren’t shy about their place in the family. Like other terrier breeds, they will take over if they aren’t properly trained.
Experienced owners are essential for Fox Terriers; they also need consistency and firmness when training. The Fox Terrier possesses a great deal of energy as well as a bit of a mischievous nature.
9. The Akita
The Akita and the Shiba Inu both hail from Japan, and they are prized guard dogs that are highly protective of both territory and their family unit.
The Akita is very quiet and reserved, so the description of stubbornness doesn’t seem fitting. However, inexperienced pet parents soon learn that the Akita will take over if not provided with proper leadership.
Akitas have a tendency to be somewhat aggressive toward other dogs if they are not provided with adequate socialization. In fact, pet parents should begin socializing and training Akitas around eight to ten weeks of age. Unfortunately, some pet parents will ultimately have to acquire professional training assistance in order to help the Akita develop into the great dogs that they are meant to be.
10. The Chinese Shar-Pei
The Chinese Shar-Pei is a gorgeous dog breed that offers its owner loyalty and protection. However, the Shar-Pei is often a one-person dog when not properly trained. In some instances, the pet parent may need to enlist some professional help when it comes to training this very stubborn yet highly loyal pooch.
The Shar-Pei is a dog that refuses to compromise. Unlike other dog breeds that typically want nothing more than to please their owners, the Shar-Pei is quite confident in their own abilities. Early and consistent training is the best way to mold the Shar-Pei into the pet you desire.
11. The Miniature Pinscher
The Mini Pin, as this breed is often called, is an adorable and spunky little pup that is undeniably stubborn. These tiny Pinschers are related to the Doberman Pinscher, and they share much of the same personality traits.
The Mini Pin will need a strong leader, so be sure to always remain consistent in training . It’s never a good idea to allow the Mini Pin to have his way very often because the tiny pup will become the alpha—even leading its owner when necessary.
12. The Dalmatian
This “rescue” dog is highly intelligent, and as a result, one of the most stubborn of dog breeds. The Dalmatian needs a consistent and fair leader who will provide just the right amount of activity as well as companionship.
The Dalmatian is unlike other “stubborn” breeds in that the dog is typically an extrovert. They enjoy meeting strangers where the Shiba Inu for example will be aloof and standoffish. However, the Dalmatian requires a great deal of early training as well as consistency.
13. The English Bulldog
One word to describe the English Bulldog is “determined.” These dogs are very sweet, but, like most bulldog breeds, the English Bulldog is stubborn and needs a firm leader.
The English Bulldog will need to be socialized beginning at eight to ten weeks of age. They need a consistent leader who will not allow the English Bulldog to “slip up” every once in a while; otherwise, the English Bulldog will want to “be the boss” at all times.
These are actually very friendly, very sweet dogs, but they need an experienced owner who can provide that consistent reinforcement necessary for an obedient and well-behaved dog.
14. The Basset Hound
Again, the Basset Hound is a “hound” dog, and unfortunately, the hound means there’s a bit of a stubborn streak naturally in your Basset Hound.
The Basset Hound is a bit of a laziest dog breeds too, so you’ll have to insist upon exercise. Fortunately, unlike other stubborn breeds, the Basset Hound is quite friendly—even if he doesn’t want to leave the couch.
15. The Weimaraner
Known as the “gray ghost,” the Weimaraner is a beautiful dog with just a touch of stubbornness. The chief “stubborn” characteristic of the Weimaraner has to do with the fact that he will chase anything that moves.
You may wish to enlist the help of a professional trainer if you need assistance in training the Weimaraner.
1. What dog breed is the most stubborn?
The Shiba Inu, a dog originally brought to the United States from Japan, is likely one of the most stubborn dog breeds. However, hounds and terriers are also known for their inability to compromise.
2. What dogs are stubborn to train?
Dogs that are classified as hounds or as terriers are often the most difficult to train. Let’s not forget that bulldog breeds are also quite notorious for difficulty in training. However, the Afghan Hound, the Foxhound, and the Basset Hound are the most stubborn by breed.
3. What is considered a stubborn dog?
A stubborn dog is one that would much rather do what he or she thinks is best in a situation rather than do what his handler commands him to do. It’s important to remember that stubborn dogs are actually highly intelligent; this actually adds to the potential for stubborn behavior.
4. Which dog breed is the most disobedient?
The Rottweiler is considered one of the most difficult to own.