5 Least Intelligent Dog Breeds

We recently listed the five smartest dog breeds, and, unsurprisingly, our readers were quick to comment on other breeds that show enormous intelligence.

Now we’re sharing another result from that survey of 122 veterinary professionals. We aren’t going to say “dumbest” because all dogs have their own kind of genius, right? But we will say that in the opinion of the surveyed veterinary professionals, the breeds named here aren’t necessarily known for their cleverness even if they are known for having many wonderful characteristics.

Of course, please know that in no way are we saying these dogs aren’t trainable. They just might not keep up with the Border Collie in their obedience class. And that’s OK – whether our pets sit at the front of the class or flunk out of puppy school, we love them just the same.

No. 1: Chihuahua


The tiny Chihuahua often has a big personality, and part of that personality is his single-minded determination to have things his way – a trait that can be troublesome for owners who don’t put in the necessary training time. The fact that Chihuahuas tend to focus their love and loyalty on just one person (or, possibly, one family) ,and the tendency owners have to let these little dogs get away with more than they should because of the Chihuahua’s small size, makes us perceive them as not the brightest of breeds. Although one could argue that’s what actually makes them smart!

No. 2: Pug


Typically friendly, sweet and funny, the Pug is a charming little dog bred to be an affectionate companion. She’s food-motivated – many Pugs are rather accomplished beggars, as a matter of fact – so if you’re ready to spoil her with some special treats, you’re likely to have some luck with training. As long as you don’t expect her to learn 1,000 words, that is.

No. 3: Weimaraner


The Weimaraner might be best known for posing prettily for William Wegman, but don’t expect him to sit still for your camera. This is an active breed with a passion for hunting and spending time with his family. He doesn’t always have an “off” switch and typically doesn’t like being alone, so he can be a real handful for a family that doesn’t have time to work with him.

No. 4: Irish Setter


The Irish Setter can be one rowdy redhead. She’s known for retaining her puppy-like verve for life until somewhere around her third birthday, at which time she may settle down (slightly), but she’ll often remain carefree and somewhat stubborn. She can be a loving family pet, but definitely needs an owner who can give her the exercise she desperately needs.

No. 5: Basset Hound


The Basset Hound’s “hang dog” expression and short, stubby legs aren’t the only features for which he’s well known. He has, as Basset enthusiasts would say, a melodious howl, and can also be stubborn with selective deafness when he doesn’t care to listen to your commands. He’s typically a loving and affectionate family pet who generally adores children and may not care to be left alone in the backyard.



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Top 11 Couch Potato Dog Breeds

Prefer a canine pal who will be satisfied to watch the big game with you on the sofa instead of running interference on your neighborhood touch football team? All dogs need some daily exercise, but we showcase a dozen couch-loving canines whose exercise needs can be satisfied with a short stroll or brief indoor playtime.

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Bulldog – Deceptively Sweet and Snuggly

The Bulldog looks cantankerous, but he is a gentle family friend whose exercise needs are manageable for even the most dedicated couch potato. The most important thing to know about Bulldogs is that they are sensitive to heat and should live in air-conditioned comfort. Avoid activity in the heat of the day. This is a medium-size dog who weighs between 40 to 50 pounds.


French Bulldog – Charming and Compact

The squat, bow-legged but utterly charming French Bulldog is an ideal choice for anyone who lives in an apartment or condo or who might have trouble giving a more active breed ample exercise. A short daily walk of 15 to 20 minutes will help to keep a Frenchie svelte, but on rainy or time-crunched days, he’s satisfied to play indoors or loll in your lap. Schedule walks and outdoor playtime for cool mornings and evenings as Frenchies are sensitive to heat and can quickly succumb to heatstroke. They are moderately sized at 28 pounds or less.


Tibetan Spaniel – Sofa Sentinal

 Like his cousin the Lhasa, the Tibetan Spaniel originated as a watchdog in monastic temples, or lamaseries. Guarding your sofa from intruders is right up his alley. He is sturdy and will enjoy a walk around the block, but he will be equally satisfied with indoor play, such as chasing a toy. The Tibbie, as he’s nicknamed, is 10 inches tall and weighs 9 to 15 pounds.


Chinese Shar Pei – Hopelessly Devoted Doter

This dignified and stately breed from China is a one-person dog who prefers to stay quietly by his person. Picture the Shar Pei at your side on the sofa or lying in front of the fireplace, keeping a watchful eye on things. A short daily walk will satisfy his exercise needs; then he’s ready to get back home where he belongs. This is a medium-size to large breed, standing 18 to 20 inches tall and weighing 45 to 60 pounds.


Keeshond – Calm, Composed Companion

True to his heritage as a barge dog, this medium-size Nordic breed from the Netherlands has moderate exercise needs. He will be satisfied with a short walk on leash or playtime in a yard and easily adapts to his owner’s activity level. The Keeshond is well suited to life in a small space such as an apartment or condominium as long as he’s taught not to bark too much. He is 17 to 18 inches tall and weighs 35 to 45 pounds.


Pekingese – Low-Activity Cuddlebug

The Pekingese will stroll regally through the park and play with toys indoors, but he’s essentially a low-activity dog who prefers jumping on and off the sofa to more strenuous activities. Exercise is good for him, though, so resist the impulse to carry him everywhere and make sure he gets some activity daily. This is a small breed that typically weighs no more than 14 pounds.


Bichon Frise – Lap Lounger Extraordinaire

Gentle and playful, the Bichon Frise unleashes occasional short bursts of activity of racing through your home or around the yard in a frenzy. Just as suddenly, he stops and goes back to being a lap-lounging dog. These play bursts and a short daily walk is all he needs to maintain his sunny disposition. The Bichon is a small dog who weighs 10 to 18 pounds, just right for snuggling in your lap or nestling by your side.

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Lhasa Apso – Historic Watchdog

Calm and watchful, the Lhasa is content to spend his days as he has for millennia: watching for trouble and alerting his people to it. Once a temple watchdog in Tibet, he is now a popular family dog who will be satisfied with one or two brief walks a day or playtime indoors. He can ratchet his activity level up or down depending on that of his family. The Lhasa is small but sturdy, standing 10 to 11 inches tall


Shih Tzu – Attached and Affectionate

Shih Tzu do not guard, hunt, or tunnel into the earth, although they may retrieve balls if you throw them. They are an in-your-lap kind of dog. A Shih Tzu should get a short walk daily, but if that’s not an option, he will happily race through your house and bound on and off the furniture to meet his need for activity. This is a small dog, standing 8 to 11 inches tall and weighing 9 to 16 pounds.


Chow Chow – Low-Key Guardian

With his thick mane and powerful body, the Chow resembles a lion on a smaller scale, and he is about as active as that lazy feline. Guarding your home is his business, and he can do it perfectly well without a high-activity level, thank you very much. Give him a short daily walk and he’ll be happy. The Chow is a medium-size dog who stands 17 to 20 inches tall and weighs 45 to 60 pounds.


Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – The Ultimate Lap Dog

 If you were to look up lap dog in the dictionary, you’d probably see an illustration of a Cavalier. This cheerful and loving dog wants nothing more than to be with you and will adapt his activity level to your own. Sit on the sofa all day and eat bonbons? He’s there. Be a rowdy playmate for the kids? He can do that after school. The Cavalier is a small breed that typically weighs 13 to 18 pounds, although many are larger and may be better suited to families with children.


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