The Top 10 Easiest To Train Dog Breeds:
Australian Cattle Dog:
The Australian Cattle Dog originated in the 1830's as a cross between a Smithfield, a tough but noisy working breed, and a wild Dingo. Many further enhancements to the breed were implemented over the years, including crossing the breed with the Collie, Dalmation, and Australian Kelpie. The result was the breed we know today, possessing stamina, reliability and high intelligence. The Australian Cattle Dog also ranks at #10 on our 10 smartest dogs list.
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You may be wondering why this list doesn't match perfectly with our list of 10 smartest dogs. It is because ease of training does not rely on intelligence alone. You need an intelligent dog with plenty of energy to spare, and a strong need to please its owner. The dogs on this list have all three in spades. If you are thinking of adopting one of the breeds on this list, keep in mind that these breeds require a lot of mental stimulation and exercise. Failing to provide this can potentially cause a dog to become neurotic and/or destructive. Here are the 10 easiest to train dogs, in no particular order:
The Labrador Retriever is as magnificent in appearance as they are courageous and hard working. You can easily begin training this breed from as early as six months of age. Labs also rank highly on our smartest dogs and most affectionate dog breeds lists. The Golden Retriever ranks slightly lower than the Lab for energy levels, and just missed being on our list.
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The Pyrenean Shepherd has been used for centuries as a herding dog. They were also used during World War 2 as couriers, guards, and search and rescue dogs. The breed is extremely energetic, and require extensive play time and exercise.
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Known as the smartest dog breed available, the Border Collie is a bundle of physical and mental energy waiting to be released. They can be a disastrous housedog if not physically and mentally stimulated in some way. Give your Border a job to do every day, and he will be more than happy.
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Sharing many personality traits with the Australian Cattle Dog, the Australian Shepherd ranks slightly lower when it comes to energy levels. But this breed is nonetheless confident, alert, bold, and independent. Be sure to give
A popular breed for the rich in Europe for centuries, the Papillon is believed to have originated in Italy from the Dwarf Spaniel. The erect-eared variety that we see today was developed by Belgian breeders in the 1800's. Intelligent, vocal, clean and affectionate, the Papillon makes an ideal family pet.
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The Beauceron is an ancient French Breed that some call the 'king of sheepdogs'. They have highly developed herding and hunting instincts, in fact only two dogs are necessary to control 200-300 sheep. Its need for constant exercise, combined with its mistrust of strangers and other pets, make the Beauceron a less than ideal house pet. This breed was very close to ranking on our top 10 guard dogs list.
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The Toy Poodle is alert, responsive, playful, sensitive, and eager to please. They are devoted to their family, but some can be a bit reserved with strangers. Like many in the toy group, the Toy Poodle may bark a lot. The Standard Poodle has slighty lower energy levels than the Toy, and therefore did not make the list.
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Belgian Sheepdog (Groenendael):
Also known as the Belgian Shepherd dog, and sharing many personality traits with the Malinois and Tervuren, is the Groenendael variety of the Belgian Sheepdog. Like many in the energetic 'herding' group, this intelligent breed is generally not recommended as a "stay at home" house pet. They definitely need extensive mental and physical activity, or they may become neurotic and/or destructive.
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Created late in the 19th century in Germany, the Doberman Pinscher deserves the respect it commands. Its bravery, intelligence and character make it one of the all time best guard dogs. Despite its potential aggressiveness, the Doberman can be easily trained by a master with a firm hand.
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your Aussie a strenuous mental and physical workout every day. Like most of the herding breeds, an under-stimulated dog will attempt to herd anything - children, other animals, and even cars!
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