One of the most daunting parts of owning a dog is figuring out how to train it. If you haven’t heard horror stories of puppies peeing on the floor, tearing holes in shoes or even biting other people, you’ve probably met a dog that has been the focal point of them. Trainability, or a dog’s ability to learn from humans, has often been linked to its intelligence. Of course, it’s important to remember that all dogs are different and may have personality traits that aren’t stereotypical of their breed. But it can be a very helpful and telling correlation.
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and data from UBC psychology professor Stanley Coren’s
The Intelligence of Dogs
, we found and ranked the 17 least intelligent dogs by obedience intelligence.
According to Coren, the top 10 most intelligent dogs only need fewer than five repetitions to understand a new command, and 95% of the time (or better) obey the first command. The second tier of dogs, which he names “excellent working dogs,” understand new commands after five to 15 repetitions and obey the first command 85% of the time (or better). The third tier, which he names “above average working dogs,” understand new commands after 15 to 25 repetitions and obey first commands 70% of the time (or better).
We’ll be looking at the dog breeds that are deemed “fair working/obedience intelligence,” meaning they tend to understand new commands after 40 to 80 repetitions and obey the first command 30% of the time or better. Then there’s the lowest degree of working/obedience intelligence, which only understand new commands after 80 to 100 repetitions or more and obey the first command 25% of the time or worse.