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We recently listed the top five smartest dog breeds as chosen by veterinary professionals, and, unsurprisingly, our readers were quick to comment on other breeds that show enormous intelligence.
Now we're sharing another result from that survey of 122 veterinary professionals. We aren't going to say "least intelligent" because all dogs have their own kind of genius, right? But we will say that in the opinion of the surveyed veterinary professionals, the breeds named here aren't necessarily known for their cleverness even if they are known for having many wonderful characteristics.
Of course, please know that in no way are we saying these dogs aren't smart or aren't trainable. They just might not keep up with the Border Collie in their obedience class. And that's OK — whether our pets sit at the front of the class or flunk out of puppy school, we love them just the same.
Sam Clark, Animal Photography
The Basset Hound's "hang dog" expression and short, stubby legs aren't the only features for which he's well known. He has, as Basset enthusiasts would say, a melodious howl, and can also be stubborn with selective deafness when he doesn't care to listen to your commands. He's typically a loving and affectionate family pet who generally adores children and may not care to be left alone in the backyard.
Sally Anne Thompson, Animal Photography
The Irish Setter can be one rowdy redhead. She's known for retaining her puppy-like verve for life until somewhere around her third birthday, at which time she may settle down (slightly), but she'll often remain carefree and somewhat stubborn. She can be a loving family pet, but definitely needs an owner who can give her the exercise she desperately needs.
Eva-Maria Kramer, Animal Photography
The Weimaraner might be best known for posing prettily for William Wegman, but don't expect him to sit still for your camera. This is an active breed with a passion for hunting and spending time with his family. He doesn't always have an "off" switch and typically doesn't like being alone, so he can be a real handful for a family that doesn't have time to work with him.
Karin Newstrom, Animal Photography
Typically friendly, sweet and funny, the Pug is a charming little dog bred to be an affectionate companion. She's food-motivated — many Pugs are rather accomplished beggars, as a matter of fact — so if you're ready to spoil her with some special treats, you're likely to have some luck with training. As long as you don't expect her to learn 1,000 words, that is.
Leanne Graham, Animal Photography
The tiny Chihuahua often has a big personality, and part of that personality is his single-minded determination to have things his way — a trait that can be troublesome for owners who don't put in the necessary training time. The fact that Chihuahuas tend to focus their love and loyalty on just one person (or, possibly, one family) ,and the tendency owners have to let these little dogs get away with more than they should because of the Chihuahua's small size, makes us perceive them as not the brightest of breeds. Although one could argue that's what actually makes them smart!
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