Dogs are judged in numerous ways. Tallest. Fastest. Most expensive. Most obedient. These are all solid, familiar metrics. However, there are more important things to look at, as this list, culled from personal experience, research and opinions expressed on social media, will show.
There is no scientific test for dog stinkiness that I am aware of; however, there is more of a consensus on this one than you’d think. Dogs that are prone to skin problems, like Shar-peis, Bassets, and Bloodhounds, can develop smelly infections. Many hounds are gassy, too. And personal experience has taught me that beagles in particular love to roll in vile stuff.
- Basset (Flatulence, skin issues, rolling in stuff)
- Beagle (Flatulence, rolling in stuff, eating non-food)
- Shar-pei (Major skin issues)
- English bulldog (Skin issues, flatulence)
- Bloodhound (Flatulence, skin issues)
This category, compiled from a German study, refers to dogs whose need for attention has a degree of desperation. It’s often accompanied by nervous behaviors, and sometimes is a sign of separation anxiety.
- Mixed breed dogs
- Cocker Spaniels — Why exactly Cockers are prone to clinginess is a bit of mystery to me, considering that I’ve known a lot of them who were aloof little curmudgeons. Then again, I wasn’t their human, either, so maybe that’s the difference.
- (tie) German Shepherds, Border Collies and Australian Shepherds — Dogs that need a job can become neurotic and anxious if they aren’t given enough to do.
Wow, this list, culled from a UK survey, was a surprise to me. I would have had husky right at the top (in reality the breed is in the top 10). I’m not surprised about dachshunds, because they are very purposeful, and Dalmatians, who aren’t great at self-soothing.
This list was compiled from a survey of veterinarians and is fairly consistent with what I’ve found. The only surprise for me was Boston Terrier, but I haven’t been fortunate enough to know many of those, so it might be true.
- Jack Russell Terrier
- Border Collie
- Australian Shepherd
- Boston Terrier
- Australian Cattle Dog
- German Shepherds
These are the dog breeds with the most to say. Note that this is a list of the dogs who bark most frequently, NOT those who bark the loudest.
- Cairn Terrier
- German Shepherd Dog
- Miniature Schnauzer
- Scottish Terrier
Some people might call this category Stupidest Dogs, but I reject that. Just because a dog doesn’t do what you say doesn’t make him stupid. It makes him independent.
- Afghan Hound
- Chow Chow
So, anyone who saw these lists would think that Beagles, Bassets, Bloodhounds, and Chihuahuas should be avoided at all costs. Obviously, that’s not accurate, any more than these lists are scientific. In fact, I consider it a badge of pride to have owned and fostered so many of these “Worst in Class” dogs.