Meet the least obedient dog breeds | Pets

When it comes to obedience, several factors can affect a dog’s disposition. Training quality and duration, environmental factors and the individual puppy personality all play a major role – but how much can the breed and genetic makeup of a dog come into play?

In 1994, the neuropsychological researcher Stanley Coren sought the ultimate source for understanding the inner workings of our canine companions, which was recorded in his book “The Intelligence of Dogs”. Coren’s research was based on extensive surveys of 208 obedience judges from the American and Canadian Kennel Clubs, who represent half of all judges in North America. According to Coren, 51% of a dog’s intelligence comes from its genes, while 49% is based on environmental conditions. Coren eventually collected statistically significant data for 140 recognized dog breeds and ranked them according to their work and obedience intelligence. This form of canine intelligence represents a breed’s ability to learn and respond to commands and training, which Coren describes as “a measure of what the dog can do for humans.”

Based on Coren’s research, Stacker has compiled the breeds that rank in the lowest half of work and obedience intelligence. Each race is broken down according to their valued understanding of new orders and the ability to obey a known order the first time, while details of their trainability and history as a race are added. Coren’s research assessed the animal’s problem-solving skills, obedience, memory, social training, and observation.

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