Many breeds were developed to do work that required them to act independently. Those dogs tend to be smart, but as family pets, they may need more leadership and training than others. Ultimately, though, they’re worth it. Here are 10 dog breeds that tend to have independent personalities.
#1 – Beagle
Lovingly independent, the Beagle will find amusement anywhere if left to their own devices. There will be trouble with a indifferent owner who doesn’t appreciate what the Beagle has to offer.
#2 – English Bulldog
An incredibly intelligent breed, the English Bulldog can appear to be quite thick skulled when being handled by a weak owner. They will turn a deaf ear if there is no respect in the household.
#3 – Dachshund
The Dachshund is a very big dog in a very little package. They know how to hold their own and some will take on a dog five times their size because they think they can.
#4 – Jack Russell Terrier
The mischievous Jack Russell has no problem initiating a battle of wills with an owner they consider wishy-washy. They are tough, smart and energetic.
#5 – Rottweiler
An incredible family dog, the Rottweiler needs a firm training hand from an experienced handler. If given leadership of the pack, this strong breed would assume command and it really wouldn’t be pretty.
#6 – Dogo Argentino
Not for the weak willed, the Dogo Argentino (or Argentinean Mastiff) is an independent breed that needs a firm training hand and lots of exercise to keep him from finding his own amusement.
#7 – Chinese Shar Pei
Most publications that list this ancient breed will note that they are independent. Although they can be a devoted family dog, an owner will have to earn the dogs loyalty.
#8 – Afghan Hound
Rumored to be one of the most ancient breeds, the Afghan Hound comes by their aloof nature honestly. They require an owner who appreciates their haughty sensibilities.
#9 – Scottish Terrier
Primarily a one person dog, the Scottish Terrier has no interest in anyone outside of his inner circle. The one person he does bond to needs to maintain leadership over this independent breed.
#10 – Weimaraner
Incredibly intelligent, the Weimaraner needs an owner to match its quick wit and keep up a firm, fun training schedule. If not, the “Gray Ghost” will show just how independent they can be.
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