The Pet Ownership and Demographics Study published by the American Veterinary Medical Association shows that approximately 63 million households have a dog. Property can be expensive. The average cost for a puppy is $1,300. The annual cost of owning most dogs is between $1,400 and $4,300. This includes food, toys, grooming, and visits to the vet. Among the costs associated with owning a dog is training, in some cases.
The dogs are trained at different levels. Some owners simply want their dogs to sit and come when called. Training a “sighted” dog to help a blind person takes more than a year of intensive training, and some of the dogs that start these programs end up being rejected.
24/7 Tempo chose the most difficult dog breed to train. We certainly don’t want to deter anyone from acquiring a breed that we consider a pet. They have many wonderful and varied attributes, including loyalty, intelligence, and playfulness. But to take advantage of their best qualities, you have to tackle their toughest ones, which requires careful training from an early age.
To choose the most difficult dog breeds to train, 24/7 Tempo compared relative difficulty lists published by a number of specialist websites, including TopDogTips, PetCareRX, CertaPet and PuppyToob.
The most difficult dog to train is the bullmastiff. As the name suggests, this breed is the result of crosses between a Bulldog and a Mastiff. It was bred to protect country estates and game reserves from poachers. He’s tall, tipping the scales at up to 130 pounds, and is powerful and intimidating. Accordingly, the bullmastiff requires careful training.
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