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Having a dog at home is a dream for a lot of people. But with some breeds this dream can easily turn into a nightmare, once people get their shoes, walls and couches ruined or even get a dog bite or two. Check this list of notoriously difficult dogs to train before you decide which breed belongs in your household.

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10. Rottweiler
First sign of the struggles to come is the Rottweiler’s nickname: a gentle giant. That alone should prepare you for the oncoming battle with a beast, shouldn’t it? The Rottweiler breed comes from Germany, where the dogs were originally used to pull carts loaded with meat. The dogs can grow up to 27 inches in height and weigh up to 130lbs in full size. Add their trademark rumbling growl to the mix, and you get a pretty intimidating species. These dogs are also beyond temperamental — they need to be present in any action and need to be front and center. Forget about leaving a Rottie on a leash at home while you’re having a party, the dog will bark its paws off to call for your attention and will probably ruin a chair or two in the process. It requires strict discipline in order to get trained properly.

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9. West Highland White Terrier
Some people refer to West Highland White Terrier as a “big dog in a small dog’s body.” The breed comes from Scottish Highlands, where it was prized as a tough, efficient hunter of vermin. These Terriers are overtly excited, energetic and determined, which is great for hunting but may be harmful for your household. Walking it in a park will be quite an adventure, as it will go after every single squirrel, ball or dog it sees on its way — following its prey is rooted deeply in its DNA. They also don’t tolerate any cruelty: hurt them once and you hurt them forever.

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