Top 10 Least Intelligent Breeds of Dog

Intelligence is hard to quantify even in humans. The methodology usually used to measure the intelligence of dogs is based around obedience and receptiveness to commands. Seems logical, but would a person be classed as highly intelligent if they blindly followed commands like “sit!”? An intelligent human would probably just ignore it.

Intelligence isn’t a simple thing to measure or rank.

Food for thought. But until we can tell if nonchalant and disobedient dogs are actually musing about the ideal form of governance or the meaning of the universe, obedience and receptiveness to commands is the way we’ll go.

1. Mastiff


The term “Mastiff” is a generic term that can refer to a variety of breed of dog.  The Bullmastiff is reported to only understand working commands less than 30% of the time. Mastiff enthusiasts often cite the “strong will” of the breed as a barrier to obedience. They may not be smart but they are loyal and is as strong as dogs come. Sub breeds include Brazilian Mastiff, the Italian Mastiff and the frightening sounding Bullmastiff.

2. Chihuahua


The origin of the chihuahua is unclear, although it is thought that they originated in Mexico long before Christopher Columbus ever arrived.The first records of a Chihuahah date to the 9th century AD – but they are widely assumed to have originated with the Mayans, or at least their predecessors did.

Chihuahuas follow first commands less than 30% of times too and take 40-80 repetitions of a new command to understand it and then (hopefully) obey. The American kennel club recognized the chihuahua as a breed in 1904.


3. Rottweiler


Rottweillers are believed to have been used by Romans to drive cattle. In fact, it is believed to be named after the town Rottweil, where the dog was used in this capacity.

4. Pekingese


The Pekingese is known as the Lion Dog.. They have been kept as pets in China for over 2000 years. This makes them one of the oldest domestic dog breeds on the planet. For a long time only members of the Chinese Royal court could own a Pekingese.  They tend to suffer from health problems very easily but are extremely friendly, if somewhat less intelligent.

5. Beagle


. The fact that Inspector Gadget’s dog is smart and called Brains shouldn’t confuse you, though.