Americans love dogs. The American Veterinary Medical Association reports that more than 48 million American households have a dog. Many have more than one.
Having a dog can be expensive. The cost of owning a dog is between $1,500 and $9,500 per year, according to one estimate. This usually includes the cost of food, toys, and visits to the vet. Puppies can also be expensive. Depending on the breed, a puppy can cost over $1,000. The price of some breeds can exceed $10,000.
Dogs are often chosen based on breed characteristics. Some dogs are good with families and children. Some are good watchdogs. Some are good hunters. Some may spend most, if not all, of their time indoors. Some are considered aggressive. The American Kennel Club has gone so far as to have a section on its website where people can compare breeds based on size, life expectancy, and even difficulty or ease of training.
Another measure of breeds is intelligence, which canine experts disagree on. Poodles are generally considered “smart” dogs. Why? Dog information website, The Smart Canine, selects the smartest dogs based on how many commands they understand and how quickly they can learn them.
At the end of the spectrum are dogs considered “dumb.”
The 35 Least Intelligent Dog Breeds and Why They’re Actually Not Stupid by Smart Canine, recently released, highlights that breeds that aren’t considered intelligent may simply be “aloof” and unwilling to follow commands. His list of dumbest dogs depends on how many times a command must be repeated before the dog understands. Another criterion is whether a dog may underestimate a command the first time it is given. In some cases, a race may take dozens of times to respond to a command.
Based on these measurements, the dumbest dog breed is the Afghan Hound. This breed has attractive characteristics. The American Kennel Club describes them as regal, gorgeous, and independent. This independence may be what hurts their score.
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