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10 Easiest Dogs to Train Were Born for Loyalty & Obedience

Potential pet parents often want to know what the easiest dog to train is when adding to their family. Sometimes, the most popular dog breeds are not always the most trainable. Dog training is important but can be incredibly difficult if the dog is resistant to the idea. Plus, new dog owners and first-time puppy owners may have difficulty training a pup who is stubborn.

Thankfully, plenty of pups in the dog world are eager to please their owners, leading to training sessions that go a little smoother. Some pups like to have a job, like herding, sporting, and working breeds. Whether you are looking to teach your dog basic commands, working on leash training, or starting agility training, these ten intelligent dogs will make training an enjoyable experience.

10 Easiest Dog Breeds To Train

1. German Shepherd

German Shepherd

While German Shepherds are busy pups, they love to have a job, making them eager to learn. According to the AKC, these dogs make excellent service dogs because they are hard-working and eager learners. These pups need socialization from the beginning and respond best to consistent, reward-based training. In addition, this intelligent breed loves to be a part of family activities and bonds closely with their families.

2. Border Collie

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These energetic pups need plenty of mental stimulation — Border Collies are workaholics who need to have a job, whether it's herding animals or working on agility training. Since they are a working dog, they need to be trained early with plenty of positive reinforcement.

3. Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever Running

The American Kennel Club classifies these pups as lovable, friendly, family dogs. Golden Retrievers are the ultimate people pleasers and one of the best dogs for families. These loyal pups are easy to train, though puppy training classes may help identify potential behavior issues.

4. Labrador Retriever

Yellow lab with tire toy

Labrador Retrievers are the ultimate family pet; they are great with small children and want to be included in your daily activities. The popular dog breed is known for being an excellent hunting dog, and since they are friendly and eager to please, they also make great service dogs.

5. Poodle

Poodle running with red ball

While Poodles are known as more of a designer breed, they are actually very intelligent dogs. A poodle is ready to learn whatever their owner wants to teach them. Though it does not matter which size you have, from toy to standard poodle, these pups quickly take to training.

6. Rottweiler

Rottweiler easiest dogs to train

Rottweilers are often trained as guard dogs. However, these pups are incredibly smart. While some pups may be a little on the stubborn side, early training and socialization should result in a well-mannered adult Rottie who wants to be a part of your daily life.

7. Doberman Pinscher

Doberman standing with leash

Another watchdog breed, Doberman Pinschers are one of the go-to breeds for dog owners in search of protection from an intimidating-looking dog. These dogs are very loyal to their owners, which is a key trait for any guard dog. Dobbies also are incredibly obedient with early socialization and training.

8. Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd walking with owner

Australian Shepherds are full of energy and have an undeniable herding instinct. They are also one of the smartest dogs. As a herding dog, this breed is used to rounding up livestock but will herd children or other pets. They need an active owner who will provide them with plenty of stimulation. Aussies are very agile, making them a good candidate to participate dog sports.

9. Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature Schnauzer on agility course

These small dogs are great family dogs and get along well with children. As a bonus, they do not shed very much. Miniature Schnauzers have an outgoing personality and want to learn. Originally bred for farm life, these little guys love to play. They learn quickly and need creative training methods to not become bored.

10. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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Pembroke Welsh Corgis are very independent; however, these pups respond well to training and are willing to learn. Since they tend to be more sensitive pups, they do well with positive reinforcement and rewards. Pembroke owners better stock up on treats!