Which are the easiest dog breeds to train?

For those new to the world of dog ownership, it may be a good idea to opt for a breed that is easily trainable and will adapt to a new home quickly. While every dog has its own individual personality, of course, it is simply a fact that dogs belonging to certain breeds are more likely to be perceptive to dog training than others.

If you are after a new best friend that will respond well to basic training and is likely to be loving and well-behaved, one of the following breeds may be for you:

1. Collie

As well as boasting a stunning coat of fur, Collies are intelligent and easily trainable dogs. Indeed, both the Smooth and Rough types of Collie were originally bred as herding dogs that could work independently while looking out for the needs of their owners, making them a wonderfully attentive and sensitive pet.

2. Golden Retriever

Whilst Golden Retrievers aren’t as intelligent as, say, Collies, they are members of an incredibly loyal breed. Golden Retrievers love pleasing their owners, meaning they are very receptive to learning new behaviours and tricks.

3. Papillon

Toy breeds, of which the Papillon is a member, have an unfortunate reputation for being difficult, stubborn, and difficult to train. The Papillon, however, is much more intelligent and eager to please than its toy counterparts, making it a great option for new owners who would like an obedient, good-natured small dog. Indeed, the Papillon is quick to pick up new behaviours and tends to do well in dog sports.

4. Poodle

Poodles come in a number of varieties (including Standard, Miniature, and Toy), all of which are smart and very responsive to training. Like the Papillon, the Poodle may have a stubborn, even belligerent appearance, but is, in fact, mild-mannered and keen to please.

5. German Shepherd

German Shepherds are a very popular choice amongst dog lovers thanks to their good nature, exuberant energy and fun-loving personality. Generally speaking, the breed is easy to train and is very emotionally intelligent – a great option for families missing a fluffy friend in their lives.