12 Dog Breeds That Are Hard AF To Potty Train

You did everything right.

You listened to the experts.

You followed the best potty training advice.

Yet somehow, someway, you came back home to an unwelcome surprise from your dog. But don’t blame yourself! Because depending on their breed, it might just be their nature. Certain breeds just don’t *get it* when it comes to potty training, and that learning curve can manifest in a variety of unsightly ways. A lot of factors come into play like personality style, temperament, and training style, but chances are if your pup experiences resistance to potty training, they might just be one of these breeds.

Disclaimer: obviously not all dogs of the breeds listed here exhibit naughty behavior. This is just a general round-up of dogs that pet-owners frequently cite!

1. Afghan Hound

Majestic? Yes. Gorgeous? You got it. Hair better than yours? You bet! Potty trained? Not so much. Afghan hounds have an independent personality like a cat and tend to do what they want, when they want and ignore you prompts and commands.

2. Dachshund

Though they are small, cute and have a waddle that won’t quit, they are stubborn. According to Dogtime, crate training is recommended since they are hard to housebreak. Dachshunds hate cold weather, so any inkling of a chill and they will avoid going outside to do their business!

3. Pug

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Even though they have mastered the perfect head tilt, they haven’t mastered potty training. Pugs are especially stubborn going to the bathroom, especially when it’s not nice outside. They love their human-parents so much, that they might have attachment issues going by themselves!

4. Pekingese

Once known as Chinese royalty, they have the self-important attitude to show it. Although they are very intelligent, they have an independent mind and tend to not listen when it comes to housebreaking. If the royal family couldn’t housebreak these pups, it’ll probably be even harder for you!

5. Dalmatian

Best known for their role in 101 Dalmatians and as a mascot for the Fire Department, Dalmatians are very intelligent and need an owner who acts like the boss — or they will decide to run things their way.  This breed needs training early on, as they extremely active and high-energy. It takes some time to master going to the bathroom, but with patience and love, they will rise to the occasion.

6. Chow Chow

It’s hard to believe when you look at this cutie above, but Chow Chows used to be Chinese guard dogs. They like to be the leader and tend to be very independent. They need an owner who will embrace those traits and potty train them with a cool and confident approach. Practice makes perfect!

7. Beagle

They can sniff out contraband in airports. They can find you in any game of hide and seek. But they can’t seem to nail down potty training. Beagles are hounds after all, so they exhibit a focused, one-track mind instinct that can be challenging to temper. But with the proper training and patience, your feisty little beagle will master the bathroom!

8. Basset Hound

Is patience a virtue to you? Good, because Basset Hounds will appreciate it. Hounds are notoriously difficult to train due to their tracking instinct. But according to Dogtime, you can train your Basset Hound with positive training tactics to nip bad behavior in the bud.

9. Pomeranian 

Described by the American Kennel Club as cocky, animated with lively personality, they are exactly that. And then some. You’ll need to convincingly play the role of the boss, because If they see you as less than important than them, they won’t listen. Show them who’s in charge and you’ll have a house-trained pom on your hands.

10. Bulldog

Bulldogs rarely want to get up, let alone go outside to potty. They are pretty content on doing whatever they want, and sometimes just don’t listen. They can be stubborn and single-minded, which makes them harder to train than your average Golden Retriever.

11. Basenji

Known to be the “barkless” dog from Africa, Basenji’s are known to learn plenty of commands — it’s just whether they will do them or not. Dogtime describes them as “thinking before doing or deciding not to do it at all.” This stubborn breed will usually decide if they want to obey or not, so it’ll take a bit of extra elbow grease to get their potty-training up to snuff.

12. Jack Russell Terrier

Jack Russell Terrier’s are known to be a challenging breed, to say the least. From chewing up your shoes to running around the house at full speed, these pups are little balls of energy that can be difficult to house train. Want him to pee outside? He might just pee on the entry rug instead because to them, technically it’s “outside”.

Like most pups, with a few treats and a whole bunch of positive reinforced even the most stubborn and breeds who just don’t get it will be potty trained in no time…hopefully.

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Dr. Katy Nelson

6 years ago

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