Are you looking to get a puppy? Getting a puppy can be a lot, especially with all of the training they need. A highly trainable breed and getting the right one for you both make the process much easier. We won’t talk about which breed is right for you because we have a whole other post dedicated to that. Here’s 8 of the most trainable dog breeds.

Most Trainable Breeds

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German Shepherds

These canine wonders are often used by the military and police because they’re super, trainable, athletic, loyal, courageous, and the list goes on.

German Shepherds also make great family dogs.

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Doberman Pinscher

Dobermans are quick learners and one of the most fearless breeds out there. Doberman’s thrive when they’re consistently intellectually stimulated. Loyal and protective, the last thing you want to do is invade a doberman’s turf and threaten their family.

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Along with dobermans and german shepherds, rottweilers are the best athletes and protectors on this list. Their happiness is actually tied to their training and structured living.

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Australian Cattle Dog

These incredibly intelligent herding dogs need hours of exercise/activity. This gives them a sense of purpose which makes them happy. They’re great problem solvers that tend to be more independent than other breeds.

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Shetland Sheepdog

Affectionately known as “shelties” these sheepdogs are great family dogs that love to learn. In fact, they’re so teachable they commonly compete in obedience trials and other sports.

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Labrador Retriever

Labrador retrievers are one of the most popular breeds for a number of reasons. They’re super outgoing who want to make their humans happy and they're highly emotionally intelligent making them great service dogs.

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Border Collie

According to veterinary geneticist Dr. Angela Hughes, border collies are the most intelligent dog breed. You may find yourself needing to up your game and improve your work ethic just to keep up with your border collie.

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Second only to the border collie in terms of intelligence, poodles are nice social dogs that love a good challenge whether that’s in agility, hunting, or something else. Poodles range from 7 pounds for a miniature poodle to 70 pounds for a standard poodle.

Honorable mention goes to English Springer Spaniels for being excellent hunting dogs with an often enthusiastic attitude.

Less Trainable Breeds

Now that we’ve covered the most trainable breeds, let’s mention some breeds that are harder to train:

  • Afghan Hound
  • Basenji
  • Borzoi
  • Beagles
  • Chow Chow

All five of those dogs could be the right fit for you, in fact, a lot of those breeds will love you forever and they make great cuddle buddies/couch potatoes for your next streaming binge. However, these breeds generally aren’t as intelligent and can be far more stubborn than the average dog.

Our Training Services & Puppy Program

Regardless of what breed you get, your new puppy will need some training especially between 8 to 16 weeks old, and that’s where we come in. We offer a variety of training programs from group classes to individual training sessions and our special puppy program.

To learn more about our dog training, dog daycare services, or our dog boarding call Dog Gone Fun today at (517) 657-4300, or contact us online.