The 10 Most Trainable Dog Breeds

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What Are The Most Trainable Dog Breeds? 


Estimated Read Time: 4 ½ minutes

Summary: In this blog, we learn which breeds of dogs are the most trainable! We’ll learn the breeds of dogs that are known for their obedience and are relatively easy to train. Read on to find out what the 10 most trainable dog breeds are…


If you’re wondering what the 10 most trainable dog breeds are, then you’re in the right place! Obedience and ease of training can be an important factor of consideration for many existing and potential pet parents for a variety of reasons: you may have young children, you may want to take your dog to work, or you simply may not have months of time to commit to training or the money to spend on a professional trainer.

Each breed has its own personality, and some are more renowned for their obedience and lack of distractibility than others. But, some breeds have been bred specifically to work cooperatively with humans, which makes them a lot easier to train... 

For example, working dogs, herding dogs, and sporting dogs are typically easier to train as they’re specifically bred for a working human partnership. 

But remember, obedience and trainability doesn’t necessarily equate to intelligence and it doesn’t mean that other breeds can’t be trained. 

If training is a fun, enjoyable experience and the method is kind, ethical, and reward-based, then any dog can get to grips with commands and have obedience instilled in them. This goes for the more easily trained breeds too - if you let training slip, then what’s expected of them will slide too. Frequency (and fun!) is key!

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So, what are the 10 most trainable dog breeds?

10 Most Trainable Dog Breeds

golden retriever

1. Golden Retriever

One the most popular dog breeds, they are affectionate and fiercely loyal making them fairly easy to train. They are common family pets for this reason. 

black Labrador Retriever

2. Labrador Retriever

Super smart and very friendly, labradors are loved for their ease of training and thick, cozy coats. They, with golden retrievers, are the most desired breeds for guide dogs too. 

Petlab Co. Interesting Fact: A Golden Retriever/Labrador cross-breed usually has the most success as a guide dog because of their trainability and loyalty.

German Shepherd

3. German Shepherd

The most popular breed used in police and military work, these dogs are large, strong, and tireless. They love to please their owners, making them very trainable.

Border Collie

4. Border Collie

This breed is considered the fastest learner! They’ll need frequent mental stimulation because of this and ample exercise too.

chocolate poodle

5. Poodle

Don’t let this breed’s twee and fancy appearance hoodwink you. Poodles in all their forms (miniature, toy, or regular), are very willing to learn.

English Springer Spaniel

6. English Springer Spaniel

Bred to hunt, this breed has a very quick and agile mind, that only wants to please, putting them on the most trainable dog breed list.

Doberman Pinscher

7. Doberman Pinscher

Pointy-eared, alert and fearless, these dogs are also often found helping out the police force or working in the security industry - this doesn’t mean that they’re aggressive though! Their enthusiasm toward training, and their ability to retain what they learn, not only help them make the most trainable list but also make them great companions.

Vizsla (Hungarian Pointer)

8. Vizsla (Hungarian Pointer)

A very loyal and enthusiastic breed - these doggies are very eager to please and are renowned for the strong bonds they form with their owners. Like Border Collies, Vizslas require lots of exercising and mental stimulation but means they’re relatively easy to train. 

Miniature Schnauzer

9. Miniature Schnauzer

These are one of the most trainable small dog breeds and are incredibly obedient and responsive to training! They’re also quite energetic for a small breed so will require a lot of play and a suitable amount of walkies. Miniature Schnauzers are also one of the most trainable terriers.

Papillon dog

10. Papillon

Papillon literally means butterfly in French and this breed gets this name because their ears resemble a butterfly! Papillons are very low maintenance which makes them attractive to owners, particularly first-time pet parents. But, they’re also another of the most trainable small dog breeds and this is because of their alertness, quick study, and eagerness to please!

Most Trainable Dog Breeds: Our Final Thoughts

Remember, every breed of dog is trainable. What it really comes down to is the patience of their pet parent. Even the “most trainable dog breed” can’t be trained by a frustrated, impatient owner. 

Owning a dog, particularly a puppy or rescue that needs training, requires kind, calm, and knowledgeable input from you so make sure you put the work in to help you, your household, and your dog have a loving life together. 

Check out our blogs below on how to pick the breed that’s right for you, beginner training tips, and what nose work training is.

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Sarah Milton

Comes from a family of animal lovers and got to grow up with a menagerie of pets! I believe owning a pet is a privilege and I love researching and creating informative, fun content for fellow pet owners to help their furry friends have the happiest and healthiest lives. When I’m not writing blogs, you can find me sharing a walk with my pet dachshund or at a yoga class!

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