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VetStreet.com: Breeds Not Always Known for Being Clever

Least Intelligent Dog Breeds

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.

No. 5: Basset Hound

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.

(Sam Clark, Animal Photography)

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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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