The 11 Most Trainable Dog Breeds in the World

The 11 Most Trainable Dog Breeds in the World

Author WDF Staff


When we talk about how smart a specific dog breed is, we are talking about how trainable he is. Each dog breed has its personality and genetic heritage that affects its trainability. Some breeds were bred to cooperate with humans while the others were bred to work independently. It is also a well-known fact that some breeds are trainable than others. Dogs from the heading, sporting, and working group all tend to be more trainable, while the terriers and the hounds not so much. Below we bring you the most trainable dog breeds in the world.

1. Border Collie

Border Collie is one of the most trainable dog breeds. He is a highly intelligent and athletic dog breed. Border Collie is excellent in following orders and he can learn commands very quickly. These dogs require plenty of exercise, and if you don’t ensure them enough exercise they can develop behavior problems. The same thing is to intelligence games. If you don’t give enough mental stimulation to your Border Collie he can become demanding. Border Collie is considered one of the most intelligent dogs and in most cases obedience, herding and agility competitions go to Border Collie. Read more about Border Collie.

border collie dog

Make sure you get your dog plenty of toys that will keep their minds and bodies engaged and entertained. The Kong rubber flyer will become your Border's new favorite toy.

2. Poodle

The Poodle is also considered one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world. Besides their intelligence, they are highly trainable. They are active and alert dog breed that needs constant mental and physical training. Usually, Poodles wins many Best In Show contests because of their beauty. They are loyal and great family dogs and especially love kids. Read more about the Poodle.

poodle dog

3. German Shepherd

German Shepherd is also high on the list of most intelligent dog breeds. Because of their intelligence, they are mostly used as military and police dogs. They originated in Germany (as the name suggests) and they were used for war purposes. For any work purpose, obedience training is essential. They are very loyal and protective of their family. If properly trained they can go along well with other pets. Read more about Geman Shepherd.

german shepherd dog

4. Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is a beautiful and highly trainable dog breed. Mostly they are used as therapy and assistance dogs for people with special needs. This breed performs very well in agility and obedience training. They are also good family dogs.

golden retriever dog

5. Doberman Pinscher

The Doberman is one of the strongest and most trainable dog breeds. He is fearless, obedient, intelligent, and confident. They originated in Germany and they are mostly used as guard dogs because of their preferences. They are very loyal and protective dogs. Because of their intelligence, they learn very quickly and respond well to training. They tend to be aggressive if not socialized properly. They need to have a firm owner who will know how to train and socialize them properly. Read more about Doberman.

doberman dog

Dobermans love chewing, so it would be a great idea to get them a toy they wouldn’t destroy with their powerful jaws. This set of three Dog Toys for Aggressive Chewers will be ideal for a Doberman.

6. Shetland Sheepdog

The Shetland Sheepdog is very similar to Icelandic Sheepdog. They are active, alert, and trainable dog breed. Studies show that Shetland Sheepdog can learn new commands after only five repetitions. They are usually described as “shadow dogs” because they will follow you everywhere you go. Shetland Sheepdog is one of the most loyal dogs and because of that he is very obedient and has the will to follow the orders.

shetland sheepdog

7. Labrador Retriever

Also known as Labrador or Lab is a very muscular and strong dog. He is one of the most obedient and loyal dog breeds. Mostly they are used as service dogs and for law enforcement agencies for the detection. Labrador Retriever is a great family dog and especially loves kids. They love to please so it’s very easy to train them. Read more about the Labrador Retriever.

labrador dog

8. Papillon

The Papillon or Continental Toy Spaniel is an active and curious dog breed. They have originated in France, Spain, and Belgium. This breed loves to perform and exercise. Papillon dogs are quick learners. They can learn many different tricks and are very loyal to their owner. They require many walks and exercise to avoid behavior problems. Read more about the Papillon.

papillon dog

9. Rottweiler

The Rottweiler is a dog breed from Germany. In the early day, this breed was used to take care of the livestock and to pull carts. Rottweiler is a fearless, confident, and obedient dog breed. Because of this characteristic, they are mostly used as guard dogs, police, and rescue dogs. They are extremely loving and affectionate dogs toward their family and they are reserved for strangers. They need early socialization and training to ensure good behead dogs. This breed is eager to work so you must ensure him enough exercise. Read more about the Rottweiler.

rottweiler dog

10. Australian Cattle Dog

The Australian Cattle Dog originated from Australia (as the name suggests). They are very trainable, protective, and loyal dogs. They are mostly used as therapy dogs, police, and drug detection dogs. Australian Cattle Dog needs a job to do because they are tireless workers. Ensure him enough training and exercise to be sure that your dog is happy.

australian cattle dog

Australian Cattle Dogs are intelligent, so getting an interactive dog toy is a great idea. Your Aussie Cattle Dog will love the Interactive Puzzle Game Dog Toy by Nina Ottosson and Outward Hound.

11. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

The Welsh Corgies are mostly known for their obedience. They are surprisingly powerful for their small size. Corgies respond well to training and they are also considered a very trainable dog breed.

welsh corgi

In case your dog is not on the list above, doesn’t mean that he is not trainable. Some breeds react better and learn quicker, while the other breeds require more persistence and patience with training. If you are determined enough with the right knowledge and desire you can properly train every dog breed in the world.

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