What are the easiest dog breeds to train? If you are new to “having a dog as a pet”, the first thing you need to know is – not all dog breeds are the same. They differ not only in size and looks, but also in their temperament and needs. For example, can you imagine a Chihuahua eating the same amount of food as a Saint Bernard? So, different dog breeds have different needs, and for some you’ll need more money for their care, for others less. If you want to avoid breeds that are not very good to your pocket, read our article – most expensive dog breeds to maintain in the world; Obama has #1. Some dogs can be kept in an apartment, whereas others need much more space and everyday running. Don’t forget that even though dogs that belong to the same breed have similar temperaments, every dog is unique and has its own character.
Many people believe that raising a dog is no special task, but they are wrong. There are dog breeds that are very hard to maintain and train and that should never be taken by inexperienced owners. Most dogs on our list are an excellent choice for first time dog owners because they are very easy to train, but still not all of them. Please keep in mind that everything that dogs do is just a reflection of their owner, and if you want to learn something more about training and taking care of your dog in an appropriate way, I’d suggest that you follow the advice of one of the most famous dog trainers in the world – Cezar Milan. At least, if inexperienced, don’t buy a dog just because you think it is cute and without learning basic things about them and their needs.
I used a very special book from my personal library in order to create this article. It is a book called Caring for your dog, written by Dr. Bruce Fogle, where you can find a plethora of useful advice about dog training, choosing the right breed, nutrition, dog’s health and everything else you can think of about taking care of your dog. There, I found a chart that was created using a worldwide survey of more than 1,000 vets who shared their experiences with various dog breeds. In the chart are the most popular dog breeds, and each of them is ranked in 5 different categories: Good first dog (yes or no or maybe), Size (on a scale 1 to 5), Trainability (on a scale 1 to 5), Noise (on a scale 1 to 5) and Good with children (on a scale 1 to 5). There are 9 dog breeds that have the highest score when it comes to trainability, and the 10th one has a mark between 4 and 5. Since these 9 all have the same mark, we wanted to sort them here by also counting how often some of these dogs are used as guide dogs (usually for blind people, but sometimes for people with different disabilities and needs) and/or police dogs- since these two categories are great examples of dogs being trained for a pragmatic use. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to find precise data about this, but according to what we could find and giving preference to those that are known to be guide dogs, we made our list of easiest dog breeds to train in the world: