10 Dog Breeds That Are Incredibly Stubborn

All dogs can be stubborn, especially when they know they have their humans wrapped around their little paws. Although all breed combinations have the potential for willfulness, some breeds turn it into an art form!

If you think you’ve got a headstrong hound, a difficult dog or a pigheaded pooch, read on to see if your pup made our list of the top 10 most stubborn breeds.

1. Beagle

Beagles were bred to be hunting dogs, meaning it is hardwired into their genes to bark, howl, chase and explores. They still make wonderful family dogs as long as they get plenty of exercises, but even the best trained Beagle will have trouble obeying commands when there’s a squirrel nearby.

10 Dog Breeds That Are Incredibly Stubborn

2. Jack Russell Terrier

These sturdy, intelligent little powerhouses are incredibly tenacious and athletic. Bred to catch and eradicate rats, they love to chase, jump, climb and dig. If all that energy and strength is not channeled into something positive – like agility training – the Jack Russell’s stubborn nature can get him into some serious trouble.

10 Dog Breeds That Are Incredibly Stubborn

3. English Bulldog

Ah, the Bulldog. These cuties are the meaty little class clowns of the canine world. As silly and affectionate as they are, good luck getting an English Bulldog to do something he does not want to do! Bath times, trips to the vet and toenail trims can be a nightmare with these bossy pups.

10 Dog Breeds That Are Incredibly Stubborn

4. Dachshund

Doxies are incredibly loving and devoted family dogs, which makes them one of the most popular breeds in America. Their fiercely protective nature towards those they love means they can also be quite strong-willed. Dachshunds love to dig, bark and patrol their neighborhoods. If they see another animal invading their turf, it’s almost impossible to talk them out of giving chase.

10 Dog Breeds That Are Incredibly Stubborn

5. Lhasa Apso

These long-haired pups were bred by Tibetan monks to be alert-dogs, so naturally, they are big barkers. Lhasas have also been described as manipulative, mischievous and uncompromising. They may be cute and cuddly, but these little watchdogs have their own agendas.

10 Dog Breeds That Are Incredibly Stubborn

6. Chihuahua

These cute little toy dogs have been known to suffer from “Napoleon Complex” – they tend to act big and tough to make up for their small stature. This, combined with their tendency to be kept as spoiled “purse-pets,” can give the Chihuahua quite a sense of entitlement!

10 Dog Breeds That Are Incredibly Stubborn

7. Miniature Pinscher

Referred to as the “King of the Toys,” the Miniature Pinscher will constantly test his human’s limits to see just how much he can get away with. These willful pooches have lots of energy, sharp minds and a passion for digging, barking and chasing. Without a strong leader, Min Pins will rule the roost.

10 Dog Breeds That Are Incredibly Stubborn

8. Pug

Few people can resist the squishy adorableness that is the Pug – and this roly-poly toy breed will take advantage of that whenever possible. They are quite clever, highly food-motivated, and insist on being the center of attention. If they are not properly trained, these hard-headed cuties will pursue their own agenda – whether their humans like it or not!

10 Dog Breeds That Are Incredibly Stubborn

9. Scottish Terrier

Scotties are extremely intelligent, sensitive and strong-willed, just like many of their terrier cousins. They have also been described as independent, fiery and prey-driven, meaning they require a confident leader to keep them in line.

10 Dog Breeds That Are Incredibly Stubborn

10. Akita

Akitas are a dominant, take-charge breed that can easily take over as the family alpha without extremely strong leadership from their humans. Akitas are very stubborn and when the dog thinks it’s a waste of time to ‘sit’ or ‘stay’ one more time, he will simply walk away!

10 Dog Breeds That Are Incredibly Stubborn