Top 11 Stubborn Dog Breeds

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There are lots of dogs who are easy to train, and then there are the stubborn pups. These dogs may be less active or easily distracted, or just have an independent mind that makes them more difficult to train than others. This doesn't mean they are a bad choice as a pet, but they may be better suited to owners who aren't into training. If you choose a stubborn breed as your best furry furiend, you should be prepared to spend a lot of time training, or get them enrolled in an obedience class to let a professional help you get through to your thick-headed doggo. To help you decide if a certain pup is for you, here are the top 11 most stubborn dog breeds.

#1 Akita

The 80 to 90-pound Akita is a gorgeous pooch, but it is the most stubborn, according to dog owners and experts. In fact, this Japanese hunting pup has been known to just walk away when you are trying to train them. However, once you get them to trust you, they will be your loyal sidekick for life.

#2 Shiba Inu

This exotic and barktiful pup commands respect, and is too dignified to listen to a mere human. These dogs are famous for their stubbornness and are notoriously hard to train. Used for hunting and guarding in Japan, Shibas are very independent, and need a strong owner who knows how to get through to them.

#3 Chinese Shar-Pei

Although this wrinkly pup looks adorable, you can count on them to be thinking of something else when you are trying to teach them anything. These pawesome pooches typically weigh about 55 pounds and are great for hunting, tracking, and herding, if you can get them to listen. Most Shar-Pei owners choose obedience training for their furbaby.
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#4 Jack Russell Terrier

For a small dog, the Jack Russell Terrier sure has a big fursonality. They are known for their fun-loving and independent attitude, with a streak of stubbornness that makes them difficult to train. They are also mischievous and have a lot of energy, so you have to stay on your toes with this one.

#5 Beagle

The happy-go-lucky Beagle is an excellent hunting companion and tracker if you can get them to obey. With their small stature and long, dangling ears, these little cuties are not just hunting companions, but pawesome family pets as well. However, you'll need to spend some time training them and have plenty of patience.

#6 English Bulldog

Reaching only 16 inches tall, you'll have a hard time getting this muscular pup to listen! These dogs are known for their super high intelligence, but their strong will and lazy lifestyle mean they would rather just ignore you during training sessions. They look fierce, but are in fact gentle and loving pups who are loyal to their family.

#7 Dachshund

The short wiener dog is well-known for their lively and independent attitude, as well as their intelligence, hunting ability, and stubbornness. Doxies like to do things their own way, and you are likely to find your Dachshund digging holes, chewing on shoes, or chasing your other pets on a daily basis.

#8 Siberian Husky

This ancient breed must know how beautiful they are, because they seem to use their good looks to get away with whatever they want. The Husky is a pawesome snow dog and loves to play with other kids and pets, but they take some time to train and may be mischievous furever.

#9 Chihuahua

As the most petite pooch in the world, you may not expect them to have such a big attitude. However, the Chihuahua needs all the patience you can muster to train because they seem to think that they are the boss. With a ton of sass but a lot of love, these pawesome poochies are great playmates for anyone with lots of time and energy.

#10 Weimeraner

These large dogs were bred for the Weimar court in Germany, and boy do they know it! Very intelligent and quick witted, these loving pups often think they are smarter than their people, and may not listen. If you have a Gray Ghost in your life, you better be clever enough to command their respect, or they will show you their independent streak.

#11 Scottish Terrier

This handsome Terrier knows how pawesome they are, and will likely do whatever they want. Bred to hunt small game, they are brave, active, and loyal to their family, but also really stubborn because they believe they are in charge. To keep your Scottie a loving family pup, start firm training right away or else he will tell you who's really the boss.