Whether you’re on the hunt for your first fur kid or your next family pooch, one question you may have is: What are the easiest dog breeds to train? With patience and consistency, all dogs can be house-trained and taught their basic commands, but there are definitely some breeds that’ll make it to the head of the class quicker. I’ve compiled a list of 10 Easiest Dog Breeds To Train.
*It’s important to remember, though, that even the most intelligent of dog breeds won’t excel if his family doesn’t take the time to patiently and consistently train him.
1. Border Collie
The Border Collie is touted as the most intelligent dog breed of all. The AKC says, “These dogs are whip-smart workaholics.” Along with being super smart, they’re energetic and athletic. They take to training very easily. Don’t waste time — train early. Be consistent with them so they understand you’re the teacher. Originally bred for herding, you’ll find this natural instinct remains totally intact. They are super alert and do best if kept busy. If you’ve ever wanted to get involved with obedience or agility trials, the Border Collie is a great choice for these sports.
Poodles are truly pups with a purpose — to please their people! Usually second on the intelligence list, right after the Border Collie, they’re super smart, energetic, playful, and are hypoallergenic. They have great temperaments and are full of love. When you share your heart and home with a poodle you’ll get back unending loyalty. Take it from me — I grew up with a house full of poodles and it was a joy I will always cherish. As far as training goes, they learn very quickly. Poodles are often seen competing in breed shows, obedience, and agility trials.
3. Labrador Retriever
Reported by the AKC in March of 2019, the Labrador has held the #1 spot for the most popular dog breed 28 years in a row. This breed makes a great family member — he’s loyal, loving, and smart. Labs are extremely trainable, and, according to animalplanet.com, “Are the breed of choice for search and rescue work, guide dogs, assisted living dogs, and contraband detection work.” So if you’re looking for a family-friendly dog that’s easy to train, the Lab might be just who you are looking for.
4. Golden Retriever
Like the Lab, the Golden is also among the tops in breed popularity. They’re loyal, loving, athletic, intelligent, and easily trained. They have lots of energy and are great family dogs. Also like the labs, these dogs are often trained to assist the disabled and work with law enforcement on search and rescue missions.
5. German Shepherd
The German Shepherd is known to be extremely strong, confident, loyal, loving, hardworking, and smart. This breed can be trained to go above and beyond. They are often seen as guide dogs for the blind, police dogs, drug task force dogs, war dogs, etc. They make loyal family dogs and protectors, but they must be trained.
The Boxer is a loving, protective, and loyal companion. They are intelligent and, with positive consistent training, they learn quickly. Boxer’s are great family dogs and their playful, easy-going nature makes them a good fit for children.
7. Doberman Pinscher
The Doberman is regal, loyal, courageous, protective, energetic, and super intelligent. This breed learns quickly and will do best with a strong, experienced owner to guide, socialize, and obedience-train him. He’s a great family dog. According to the Doberman Pinscher Club Of America (dpca.org), “They are highly intelligent and require things to do and a family to interact with—being loose in a house all day, or locked in a dog kennel all day will only lead to bad habits and destructive tendencies.”
Small, sweet, sassy, spirited, and smart are traits that make the Papillion a great choice for families. This little bundle of joy learns quickly but needs consistency. They are known to absorb and learn from their every experience. They love attention and it’s important to keep them focused and learning.
9. Miniature Schnauzer
The Mini Schnauzer is affectionate, alert, loyal, energetic, smart, and very eager to please. They’re easily trained and make great family companions. According to the American Miniature Schnauzer Club, “Miniature Schnauzers are intelligent and learn quickly. Many have excelled in formal obedience trials and in agility competitions.” An added bonus for allergy suffers…they are considered a hypoallergenic breed.
This little cutie is the only native dog breed from Cuba. According to the AKC, “The Havanese is an old breed of the Bichon family.” He is playful, hardy, sociable, and eager to please his human. With consistent positive training, this breed is easy to train. They are also a good choice for the arena in obedience and agility.