April 19, 2019 2 min read

Many dog breeds were initially developed to do work that required them to act independently. Those dogs tend to be very smart, but as family pets, they may need more leadership and training than others. Given the right guidance, they are definitely worth the extra work. 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 an 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 have a thick skull 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 will assume command and it really won’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 them from finding their 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 their inner circle. The one person they do bond with needs to maintain leadership over this independent breed.


#10 – Weimaraner

Incredibly intelligent, the Weimaraner needs an owner to match their quick wit and keep up a firm, fun training schedule. If not, the “Gray Ghost” will show just how independent they can be.