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Easiest Dogs (Breeds) to Train

Based on our ratings, the following breeds are the easiest to train (easiest on top). There are no guarantees, however, as each dog is an individual and may differ from the "standard."

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Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever is medium sized, short-coupled and athletically built. The coat is straight, short, dense and, most notably, water resistant. The three coat colors for a Labrador Retriever are black, yellow and chocolate, with yellows having the greatest variation... Read more
Australian Cattle Dog
The Australian Cattle Dog is a medium-sized dog with a smooth, flat coat texture. Coloring is either blue or red speckle. If blue, the acceptable colors and markings are blue, black, white and tan that is distributed evenly. For red... Read more
Belgian Malinois
The Belgian Malinois is a dog of medium size that is fawn to mahogany in color with a black mask and black tipped fur. The Malinois is a short-haired dog and looks similar to the German Shepherd, but there are... Read more
Belgian Sheepdog
The Belgian Sheepdog is a muscular and sturdy medium-sized dog with a well-proportioned body. This dog sports long, straight guard hairs that are neither wiry nor silky, with a moderately harsh texture. The undercoat is thick and dense, although its... Read more
Belgian Tervuren
The Belgian Tervuren is a medium-sized dog that is strong, square and well-proportioned. The head is long without being overly so and features dark brown eyes that are slightly almond shaped. The expression is one of alertness, curiosity and intelligence.... Read more
Australian Shepherd
The Australian Shepherd, also known as the Aussie, is a well-proportioned dog that can come in a variety of colors including black, blue-merle, red and red-merle. The breed is slightly longer than it is tall, has a strong but not... Read more
Beauceron
The Beauceron is a large French herding dog that is strong, tall and noble. The long, well-chiseled head is proportionate, with the muzzle and skull being equal in length. The eyes are oval shaped and horizontal, dark brown, with an... Read more
Border Collie
The Border Collie is a medium size dog renowned for its unique herding techniques. The head is well proportioned, with a muzzle that tapers slightly toward the nose. Eyes are wide set, medium in size and oval shaped – color... Read more
Doberman Pinscher
The Doberman Pinscher is a dog of medium large size, powerfully built and capable of great endurance and speed. Its body is compact and muscular, with the head, neck and legs in proportion to the body. The tail is almost... Read more
English Springer Spaniel
So named because its job was to spring at birds forcing them into flight, the English Springer Spaniel is both functional and pleasing to the eye. The dog has a compact build, medium in height and obviously athletic. When shown... Read more
Flat-Coated Retriever
A powerful and elegant breed, the Flat-Coated Retriever is characterized by clean and fluid features that are free of exaggeration. The muzzle, like the rest of the head, is long and deep, capable of holding large waterfowl. The stop is... Read more
German Shepherd Dog
With smooth curves and powerful, well developed features, the German Shepherd Dog is like the sports car of canines. The head is evenly proportioned, with no one feature standing out as exaggerated or out of place. Ears are pointed and... Read more
Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever is a powerfully built and well-proportioned dog, whose looks bring to mind a breed designed to hunt and retrieve. The skull is broad and rounded, with a well defined stop and smooth muzzle with a scissors bite.... Read more
Miniature Pinscher
The Miniature Pinscher, or Min Pin as it is sometimes called, is a compact, sturdy, muscular, sleek dog belonging to the Toy Group. It has a smooth, hard straight coat that closely follows the body and covers it from head... Read more
Papillon
The Papillon is a small, dainty, elegant breed whose characteristic trait is a set of butterfly-shaped ears. Its body is fine-boned and is greater in length than in height with its weight in proportion to its height. The head is... Read more
Poodle (Standard, Miniature and Toy)
Note: For the height and weight information above, "S" denotes Standard, "M" denotes Miniature, and "T" denotes Toy. Squarely built and elegantly proportioned, the Poodle is among the most popular breeds in the world today. The Poodle comes three distinct... Read more
Shetland Sheepdog
The Shetland Sheepdog, or Sheltie, is a medium sized dog with a marked resemblance to the Collie and exceptional grace. Because the muzzle is the same length as the flat skull, its head makes a long wedge when viewed from... Read more
Brittany
The Brittany is an athletic and sturdily built dog of medium size. The ears are short and triangular, lying flat against the skull, which is rounded and medium length. The face is intelligent and expressive, with eyes of various shades... Read more
American Eskimo Dog
The American Eskimo Dog is a member of the Spitz family. Like most Spitz breeds, the American Eskimo Dog has pointed, erect ears and an impressive coat. The head is fairly small and carries an intelligent expression. The eyes have... Read more
American Staffordshire Terrier (Pit Bull)
Note: the breed recognized by the AKC as the American Staffordshire Terrier is very similar in appearance to the breed recognized by the UKC as the American Pit Bull Terrier, though the Am Staff is generally slightly larger. Stocky and... Read more
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