13 Easiest Dog Breeds to Train

Here at Newsweek, we love dogs … everyone. Big and small, fluffy and wire-haired; We rate every puppy a 10/10. But we have to admit that some breeds are more difficult to train than others (I’m looking at my Dachshund here). Some dogs love to express their independence while others are born to please their owners.

If you’re a new dog owner, you may be looking for a friend who is showing the first signs of obedience. Choosing a pet by breed is a great way to make sure it has the traits you are looking for and behaviors that suit your lifestyle. Of course, you can find a reliable friend in any dog; The behavior does not depend entirely on the breed. To make your search a little easier, here are the 13 easiest breeds to train according to the American Kennel Club (AKC).

A border collie competes in flyball during the World Dog Games at Acer Arena on October 31, 2009 in Sydney, Australia.
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According to the AKC, these loving and loyal shepherds are considered “workaholic” in the dog world. That makes them the perfect pet, willing to do anything to win the affection and praise of their human loved ones.

An owner sprays his poodle’s hair with hairspray prior to the poodle class at the Crufts dog show March 9, 2003 in Birmingham, UK.
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One of the world’s most popular dog breeds is known to be brilliantly obedient. Poodles have long been associated with fashion and luxury, but that doesn’t mean they’re an accessory. The pups are actually one of the smartest breeds out there, and they’ll be more than willing to learn new tricks with you.

German shepherd dog
Rumor has it that the German Shepherd is posing for photos after winning “Best in Show” at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Madison Square Garden, New York City on February 14, 2017.
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German shepherds, particularly used by police forces and other first aiders, may not make a surprising addition to this list. The big dogs are not only incredibly smart, but also extremely loyal. If you are looking for a dog who will obey your commands, protect you, and love you unconditionally, look no further.

Golden retriever
A golden retriever can be seen in Central Park as the coronavirus continues to spread to the United States on March 18, 2020 in New York City.
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These pups are arguably some of the best looking canines out there, but they have a lot more potential than looking adorable in your photos. Golden Retrievers have intelligent brains behind their dizzying smiles, and their sheer devotion to family makes them one of the most trainable breeds for a home with children.

Doberman pinscher
A Doberman Pinscher wears a baseball scarf as he walks through the bases on the Bark at the Park night after the game at Safeco Field on April 17, 2018 in Seattle, Washington.
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Best known for their great protective abilities and intimidating looks, Dobermans may not be your first guess when it comes to obedient pups. However, they deserve a spot on the list because of their loyalty to their owners and willingness to obey.

Shepherd dog
Maddie, a Shetland Sheepdog from Louisiana, smells a man’s fingers backstage at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 13, 2012 in New York City.
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This is another herd pup eager to please, learn, and generally be a well behaved companion. Not only are Shelties known for being wonderfully responsive to their owners, but their intelligence enables many to excel in agility competitions and other canine sports.

A Labrador looks out from his bench on day three of the Crufts Dog Show at the NEC Arena on March 11, 2017 in Birmingham, England.
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The top dog breed in America is known for their happy, sometimes quirky demeanor. Like the others on this list, Labs are eager to learn and behave (well, most of them. We all know a Lab who loves to eat socks, right?) They are very sociable and do their best to meet every owner’s expectations.

A Papillion in the agility ring during the first-ever Masters Agility Championship on February 7, 2014 in New York at the 138th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
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These little pups are surprisingly athletic. Together with their energetic complex, Papillons also make agility champions and are up to any new trick or routine.

A Rottweiler competes in the working group on day two of competition at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on February 16, 2016 in New York City.
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Another watchdog makes the list with an incredible commitment to the family. They’re especially eager to learn as puppies, and the AKC advises, “Early training and socialization will make positive use of a Rottie’s territorial instincts.”

Cattle dog
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Also known as Blue Heelers, these puppies are known to be smart and easy to train. Loyal to their family and not always welcoming to strangers, they are ready to obey the orders of those they trust.

Queen Mother Corgis at Clarence House.
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Iconic in British history and making waves in America as the trend pups, the corgi is always eager to learn and achieve. Both loyal and compassionate and independent, corgis are not affectionate, but they love their owners nonetheless.

Mini schnauzer
A Miniature Schnauzer competes in the Terrier group on day two of competition at the 140th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on February 16, 2016 in New York City.
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These little dogs are ready for anything. Family life? They are characterized by friendliness. Learn new tricks? Sure, they’re smart enough for anything. Do you need them for defense? Although they are small, they are powerful.

English springer spaniel
Twiglet, a two year old English Springer Spaniel, poses for portraits in a garden on April 23, 2018 in Sydney, Australia.
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Bred to be hunting dogs, these spaniels are ready to obey your orders. Unlike some sport group pups, they have an incredibly loving side and love to cuddle with the family after a long day of exercise.

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