4 Dog Breeds Who Are Easy To Train
First and foremost, it should probably be noted that the word “easy” in the title there is subjective. A well-trained dog tends to require a well-trained owner, plenty of lessons, and plenty of patience. There’s no shortcut by which you can pick a particular breed and then sit back while they pick everything up with minimal effort, of course, but some breeds of dog are indeed known to be more suggestible to training than others.
Does this mean you can’t train dogs that aren’t on this list? Of course not; good dog trainers will always be able to show spectacular results with any breed, young or old. However, if you want to ensure your new pooch is going to be receptive to training (which can be important for those with young children, for example), then here are five breeds that might just make life easier…
Don’t be fooled by the cuteness of poodles and think they are primarily show dogs, designed for popping into handbags and strutting around like they own the world. They’ll do that too, of course, but all of the different varieties of poodles are remarkably intelligent and will thus handle training incredibly well. Their inquisitive nature and desire to please should see them as the best-trained puppy on the block with a little effort on your part.
There is a reason that the majority of service and guide dogs for those with visual impairments tend to be golden retrievers. Not only is this breed incredibly soft-natured and gentle, they are also quick learners who will retain their training very easily. They also make great family pets due to their kind nature, so if your foremost concern is finding a dog that will be both easy to train and get on with your kids, then look no further.
German shepherds have something of a fearful reputation. They tend to be big dogs, which can make them seem threatening - but underneath that tough exterior lies a heart of gold. German shepherds are the primary breed used by law enforcement and are usually recommended as security dogs, due to their fierce loyalty and startling intellect. These characteristics also make them easy to train. So while they might look scary, as far as good naturedness goes, they’re pretty much the top dogs.
The dog of choice for the Queen of England no less, corgis - both Welsh Pembroke and Cardigan Welsh breeds - are a good choice if you want a bit of a challenge. They are intelligent dogs who love learning, so plenty of tricks for fun as well as basic obedience will go down well with them. They do have a stubborn streak, but this is counteracted by their intense desire to please their owners. If you’ve got a little more time for training and are happy to teach lots of different things, then a corgi could be the perfect choice for you.
With the right training, any dog will be able to perform basic commands, but the four above are the stars of the dog show!