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Top 10 Easiest Dog Breeds to Train

By Heather Burdo

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Welcoming a new furry friend into your life is exciting. What makes the experience even better is when your new friend is easy to train. If you’re thinking about giving a new puppy (or even adult dog) their forever home, here are some of the easiest dog breeds to train.

1. Poodle

Poodles often get a bad reputation because people assume they are a “one-person” dog. However, this breed is highly intelligent and loves to please their owner, which makes them easy to train, and they learn quickly too.

2. Border Collie

This breed is known for their intelligence. In fact, according to Animal Planet, Border Collies have been named the smartest dogs in the game. Despite their high-strung energy trait, this breed is all about listening to commands.

3. Golden Retriever

While this breed isn’t considered the smartest, they are very eager and dedicated to their owner’s needs. Golden Retrievers love to learn new behaviors, which makes them one of the easiest dogs to train.

4. Labrador Retriever

Known to be America’s favorite dog, a Labrador Retriever is easy to train because they want to see their owner happy. Not to mention, they are fun-loving and sweet dogs, which makes the whole process of training a breeze.

5. German Shepherd Dogs

German Shepherd Dogs were bred to be the ultimate herding dog. They are built for independent thinking, speed, endurance, and, most of all, obedience. They are strong, courageous dogs who are easy to train.

6. Cardigan Welsh Corgi

This breed is not just lots of adorable fun, they are also an easy to train dog. These long, strong, and squat dogs are rare, but if you can get your hands on one, you won’t be disappointed. Not only are Cardigan Welsh Corgis easy to train, they are also ideal therapy dogs.

7. Papillon

Most toy breeds are known to be stubborn and difficult to train, but the Papillon is different. They are intelligent and eager to please. While small and active, they love learning new behaviors making them a most obedient dog.

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8. Shetland Sheepdog

This breed is a smaller version of a Rough Collie, but they tend to have a more active side to them. Shetland Sheepdogs are eager to please and highly intelligent, which means you can train them easily.

9. Swedish Vallhund

This breed is similar to a Corgi. Swedish Vallhunds are a dwarfed breed, bred to work independently. Despite being independent, they pay close attention to the commands and desires of their owner. With their high intelligence, they make for an easy dog to train.

10. Border Terrier

This breed has some naturally-stubborn qualities, but they are affectionate dogs. They are eager to please and they have a strong urge to work. Border Terriers do well with training which makes them a great family dog.
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