A huge number of us decided to welcome new puppies into our homes in the last few years – Kennel Club figures show dog ownership soared over the pandemic and demand for four-legged friends remains high.
There are a whopping 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, alongside numerous crossbreeds, so there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your family’s latest addition.
One of the trickiest prospects for new owners is ensuring their new pet is quickly toilet trained – knowing to go outside to relieve themselves. Some breeds practically train themselves, while others may continue to do their business inside well into adulthood. Here are the 10 breeds of dog that are most difficult to house train.
Notoriously stubborn, even if a Dachshund knows it's meant to go outside it might simply not bother. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
The Pug is another dog that may ignore its housebreaking training when it suits them. These diminutive characters hate the cold and wet weather, so may unilaterally decide to avoid it entirely. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
3. Basset Hound
The Basset Hound is so lazy it can be hard to persuade them to expend the energy to go outside. Gentle coaxing is the preferred method, as getting angry with a sensitive Basset will just make matters worse. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
The Beagle is so energetic that it can be difficult to get them to sit still for long enough for toilet training. Treats and praise are the best method for this hyper dog. Photo: Canva/Getty Images