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    Default Is This Really the Most Dumb Breed of Dog?

    I am planning to have an "AH" dog breed but I have changed my mind after reading an article about the breed. Can you help me confirm about this breed?

    World’s Most Dumb Dog Breed | Gomestic

    Please give meaningful and helpful comments. Thanks a lot!

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    That is the biggest load of c**p I have ever seen written.

    If you are that interested in buying the breed do some proper research, contact breeders, meet some dogs.

    Afghans are a working breed and are in fact very smart.

    ETA - It sounds like it is written by someone who has a grudge against the breed, the whole thing is very childish and provides no facts at well. I don't understand why you would even consider it a viable source of information.

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    Just a cut and paste here, I have not had any experience with this breed.

    I believe that dogs are what you make them.
    If you put in the time to bond with your dog then he will do anything to please you. You have to teach him what pleases you.

    Independence and aloofness does not equal lack of intelligence.
    (It just sounds a bit like a cat).


    Burke's Backyard > Fact Sheets > Afghan Hounds

    Temperament and trainability

    Most sight hounds of various breeding have a similar temperament - aloof, independent and very active. Afghans are particularly active in the mornings and evenings. The Afghan's temperament has been known to range from shy to sociable to aggressive. The breed's popularity in the 70s lead to indiscriminate breeding and consequently, as occurs with many popularly-bred dogs, aggressive tendencies evolved. An eventual and unavoidable decline in popularity lead to only the more dedicated breeders remaining and has since allowed for the more responsible breeders to make the Afghan a more sociable animal again.

    Regardless, the pedigree Afghan is still a breed of fairly recent domestic origins and it should not be forgotten that it is a dog long-bred to catch and kill other animals. Hunting instincts are still very strong and an Afghan can make for a fiercesome sight when agitated. They do make for good watchdogs and can be vocal at feeding time.

    The Afghan Hound is popularly regard as the most unintelligent of breeds. The Afghan's independence and aloofness is most apparent during training. Breeders say that basic commands are still no problem however more advanced obedience and exercises such as fetch and retrieve are not the breed's forte. The breed was never developed to retrieve and as such should not be expected to do so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chubbsecurity View Post
    Just a cut and paste here, I have not had any experience with this breed.

    I believe that dogs are what you make them.
    If you put in the time to bond with your dog then he will do anything to please you. You have to teach him what pleases you.

    Independence and aloofness does not equal lack of intelligence.
    (It just sounds a bit like a cat).


    Burke's Backyard > Fact Sheets > Afghan Hounds

    Temperament and trainability

    Most sight hounds of various breeding have a similar temperament - aloof, independent and very active. Afghans are particularly active in the mornings and evenings. The Afghan's temperament has been known to range from shy to sociable to aggressive. The breed's popularity in the 70s lead to indiscriminate breeding and consequently, as occurs with many popularly-bred dogs, aggressive tendencies evolved. An eventual and unavoidable decline in popularity lead to only the more dedicated breeders remaining and has since allowed for the more responsible breeders to make the Afghan a more sociable animal again.

    Regardless, the pedigree Afghan is still a breed of fairly recent domestic origins and it should not be forgotten that it is a dog long-bred to catch and kill other animals. Hunting instincts are still very strong and an Afghan can make for a fiercesome sight when agitated. They do make for good watchdogs and can be vocal at feeding time.

    The Afghan Hound is popularly regard as the most unintelligent of breeds. The Afghan's independence and aloofness is most apparent during training. Breeders say that basic commands are still no problem however more advanced obedience and exercises such as fetch and retrieve are not the breed's forte. The breed was never developed to retrieve and as such should not be expected to do so.
    Erm I wouldn't believe anything that comesfrom one of Burke's fact sheets. He is an idiot.

    Like I said. OP please do some proper research.

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    I personally would say at this moment in time that American Bulldogs are the dumbest breed I've encountered!! But that's just because there's a stubborn pup wreaking havoc in my back yard right now (I'm constantly heard saying "you're pretty but you're stupid!"). I agree on the above comments- that linked website is an *opinion* and a dog needs training to put its smarts to use. Having said that, obviously there are some breeds that show higher intelligence than others, but you start throwing breeds around on a dog forum and you're going to end up in an argument.

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    At my dog club, one of my instructors said that very few dogs make it through from grade 1 to 5 passing every month - when he was failing me and my dog in grade 2 - and giving us "most improved" - just goes to show how nuts she was back then.

    He said the first dog he encountered that did it - was an afghan hound.

    And they can be trained to come when called - Lesley Nelson made a dvd called "Really Reliable Recall" to teach everyone and anyone with any dog how to achieve this - with classical conditioning.

    And the dogs that seem dumb and hard to train - may actually be training their owners. Some dogs are extremely clever at that. Mine in particular.

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    I have 8 sighthounds one of which is listed in the bottom three of the most dumbest dog breed.

    Yet.......he's worked out how to open the slide bolt on the baby gate and.....he's worked out if he presses his nose to the button on the ice maker on the fridge door he can help himself to ice on a hot day. Is he dumb, no I'd say he just has to see that there is something in it for him.

    Free thinking is what many of the large sighthounds are. Designed and bred that way so as to keep themselves safe considering the game they were bred to chase as their human handlers had no way of keeping up with them.

    Soft by nature they do not respond to old fashioned training methods but the new reward based methods suit them perfectly. If you are rough or abrasive many sight hounds will "shut down" and you won't get anything from them, but with the new reward based training methods the skys the limit if you have patience.

    It is a myth that the minute you let any sighthound off the lead they will take off, they require something to chase first.

    Not too many people have the training skills to call ANY breed of dog off chasing a running rabbit.

    Yes they can be aloof, it's in the breed standard of many of the larger sighthounds, Whippets are the exception to this, but ARE very affectionate and demonstrative with their family.

    No most sight hounds are not overly territorial, again a breed trait. Given todays society though I see this as a plus, I have 9 dogs at home and enjoy the quiet and I'm sure my neighbours do to. I find the sheer size and quiet intense stare of the larger sighthounds is enough to send uninvited door knockers onto the next house.

    With todays busy lifestyles I think the sighthound group of dogs are probably suited to most household more than many other breeds, though I'm happy for them to stay 'undiscovered', though the coat of the Afghan is not for the average owner.
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    The dumbest breed is the Cavalier King Charles spaniel. They are adorable though.

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    The only reason these breeds are called "stupid" is because they were much harder to train using older methods than some of the "smarter" breeds (i.e. border collies etc). Sight hounds were not bred to work closely with humans so if you want to work closely with them you have to show them that it is worth their while
    "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." - Edward Hoagland

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    The beauty of a purebred dog is you can select a breed that best suits you, your lifestyle, time commitment, grooming, size and character etc.

    Before making any decision go out to some dog shows and talk to owners and exhibitors of Afghans. Don't expect to be gushed over by their adult dogs it's not the nature of this breed.

    I used to breed, trial and show Australian Kelpies, as my life changed so too has my choice of dog breed.

    I think the more intelligent a dog the more it needs from us to keep it content, happy and stimulated, both in mind and body.

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