The 24 Least Obedient Mid-Size Dog Breeds

Who's a good boy? Not these dogs. While dog lovers may like to believe that every dog is angelic and can do no wrong—that's not exactly true.

Most dogs can be trained to be well-mannered and obedient, but getting there may take a little longer for some breeds who are less eager to please. Of course, every dog is different and each has its own personality, but some dog breeds are simply more strong-willed than others.

So which mid-size dogs are the most stubborn and independent, and as a result, the least obedient?

Using data from the American Kennel Club and The Intelligence of Dogs by Stanley Coren, here Newsweek rounds up the naughtiest mid-sized dogs.

American Foxhound

American Foxhound
An American Foxhound at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 16, 2016, in New York City. Matthew Eisman/Getty

Owners of American foxhounds should prepare to be patient while training their dogs, as they can be stubborn and independent.

Appenzeller Sennenhund

Appenzeller Sennenhund
The Appenzeller Sennenhund breed is not known for being obedient. Vincent Scherer

The Appenzeller Sennenhund breed, or as it is also known, the Appenzeller mountain dog or Appenzell cattle dog, can be stubborn and requires a firm leader.

Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dog
Rusty, an Australian blue cattle dog, sits on March 25, 2011, in Longreach, Australia. Mark Kolbe/Getty

Australian cattle dogs should be trained from a very early age, and their training in obedience and agility should be kept up to keep the dog happy.


A volunteer for Basenji Rescue and Transport, takes a group of Basenji dogs out for a walk around Logan Circle Park on October 14, 2010, in Washington D.C. Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty

Basenjis are intelligent dogs, but they can also be mischievous. Plus, they lose interest quickly, so should be trained in short bursts.

Basset Fauve de Bretagne

Basset Fauve de Bretagne dogs can be stubborn, and as scent hounds, they should be trained from an early age to not follow their nose when it could get them into trouble.

Basset Hounds

Basset Hound
A Basset Hound at the Westminster Kennel Club 142nd Annual Dog Show in New York on February 12, 2018. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty

Training a Basset hound can be very challenging and will take time, as they can be independent and aloof.

Bull Terrier

English Bull Terrier
An English Bull Terrier at the National Exhibition Centre on March 7, 2015 in Birmingham, England. Carl Court/Getty

Bull Terriers are independent and mischievous and respond best to training when they're having fun.

Chinese Shar-Pei

Chinese Shar-Pei
A Chinese Shar-Pei dog, New York City, May 1992. Barbara Alper/Getty

Chinese Shar-Peis are smart but stubborn. Owners should train these dogs from an early age to ensure they grow up to be well-adjusted.

Chow Chow

Chow Chow
A Chow Chow sits in its kennel on Day one of Crufts at the Birmingham NEC Arena on March 8, 2012, in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) Dan Kitwood/Getty

Chow Chows should be trained with patience and praise, as although they are intelligent, they have the tendency to be stubborn.

Czechoslovakian Vlcak

Czechoslovakian Wolfdog
Ulrich, a Czechoslovakian Wolfdog, attends the National Pet Show at The NEC Arena on November 4, 2017 in Birmingham, England. Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage/Getty

Czechoslovakian Vlcak dogs are intelligent, but highly independent and get bored easily. They need to feel a sense of purpose to complete a task and cannot always be bribed with treats.


As hunters, Drever dogs will be inclined to follow their noses. Owners will have to commit to training their Drever, as they can be stubborn.


A Hamiltonstovare at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 9, 2017. Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty

Although hounds tend to be stubborn, the Hamiltonstovare can be trained (if rewarded with tasty food) but owners should not expect them to enter any obedience contests any time soon.

Irish terrier

Irish Terrier
An Irish Terrier competes at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on February 16, 2016, in New York City. Matthew Eisman/Getty

Irish terriers are strong-willed and independent, so owners should consistently train their dogs to ensure that they become well-behaved adults.

Mountain Cur

Mountain Curs are smart dogs, though some may be more eager to please than others.

Pharaoh Hound

Pharoah Hound
An Pharoah Hound at the NEC Arena on March 11, 2012, in Birmingham, England. Dan Kitwood/Getty

Pharaoh Hounds can be trained easily, but no matter how obedient the dog, this breed has a problem with returning to its owners once it is let free.

Polish Lowland Sheepdog

Polish Lowland Sheepdog
A Polish Lowland Sheepdog at the 134th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York, February 15, 2010. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty

Although Polish Lowland Sheepdogs are quick learners, they are also stubborn and dominating.

Slovakian Wirehaired Pointer

Slovakian Wirehaired Pointers get bored easily, so training sessions should be fun and short.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull terrier
Molly the Staffordshire Bull terrier at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on August 2, 2010, in London, England. Dan Kitwood/Getty

Staffordshire bull terriers are intelligent and generally respond to their owners, but they should be trained to understand that they must always accept the rules.

Swedish Lapphund

Swedish Lapphund
Swedish Lapphunds are independent and stubborn. slowmotiongli

Swedish Lapphunds are independent and stubborn and should be trained with patience.

Thai Ridgeback

Thai Ridgeback
Thai Ridgebacks are not the most obedient dog breed. DevidDO/iStock

Thai Ridgebacks can be very independent and suit having an experienced owner.

Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terrier
A Tibetan Terrier at the 131st Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Ramin Talaie/Getty

Tibetan Terriers are independent dogs that don't respond to harsh or repetitive training techniques.


Although the Wetterhoun breed is not intentionally disobedient it can be strong-willed.


Whippets gather at Madison Square Garden on September 26, 2017. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty

Whippets can be mischievous and independent, but they are also intelligent and respond to gentle training methods.

Yakutian Laika

Yakutian Laika
Yakutian Laika dogs tend to be independent. Laura Fokkema/iStock

Yakutian Laikas are independent dogs that respond well to positive reinforcement. These dogs also respond better to owners once they fully trust them.