12 Dog Breeds That Are Hard AF To Potty Train

12 Dog Breeds That Are Hard AF To Potty Train

We’ve all been there, we go out with friends and come back to a “surprise” from our dog. Or we stalk the weekly ad for Petsmart and Petco to see if wee-wee pads have gone on sale..again. Some dogs just get it and others, like these, just don’t.  Plenty of factors come in with these breeds like, training style, temperament, or personality style. Here are some pups who just don’t get it.

1. Afghan Hound


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

2. Dachshund

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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.

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.

4. Pekingese

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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. We don’t think the royal family can housebreak these pups!

5. Dalmatian


Best known for their role in 101 Dalmatians and for good reason. Dalmatians are very intelligent and need an owner who is the boss or they will decide to run things their way.  This breed need training early on to master being potty trained.

6. Chow Chow


Formerly known as a Chinese guard dogs, Chow Chow’s like to be the leader and tend to be very independent. They need an owner who will embrace those traits and train potty train them with a cool and confident demeanor.

7. Beagle

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They can sniff out contraband in airports. They can find you in any game of hide and seek but they can’t seem to get potty training.

8. Basset Hound

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Is patience a virtue to you? Good, because Basset Hounds will appreciate it. According to Dogtime, you can train your Basset Hound with positive training tactics.

9. Pomeranian 


Described by the American Kennel Club as cocky, animated with lively personality, they are exactly that and then some. If they see you as less than important than them, they won’t listen to you. Show them who’s boss and you have a house trained pup on your hands.

10. Bulldog

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They rarely want to get up and let alone go outside making them pretty content on doing what they want. Bulldogs don’t listen sometimes and it takes more work to train them 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.

12. Jack Russell Terrier

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Jack Russell Terrier’s are known to be a challenging breed from chewing up anything to running around the house at full speed. They are an intelligent breed and will find a loophole through any command. Want him to pee outside? He might 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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