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Easiest to Train Dog Breeds

Nicole Cosgrove

Australian Shepher_shutterstock_Pascal zum Felde

There are a lot of joys that come with owning a dog but it is a responsibility and there are things a good owner needs to take on including giving it at least basic level obedience training. If you are experienced training is not such a big deal but for new owners it does take patience, understanding how to motivate the dog and firm leadership. If you want to find the easiest to train dog breeds look below at the options we have here. For other detailed searching on the right is the Dog Breed Selector.

General Information
Origin Australia
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 56th by the AKC
Size Medium
Weight 30 to 50 pounds
Height 17 to 20 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Excellent – top ten of most intelligent dogs
Breed Traits

Smart
Protective
Watchdog
Intelligent
Loyal
Affectionate

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin USA (not Australia!)
Popularity Fairly popular – 17th most popular according to AKC
Size Medium to large
Weight 40 to 65 pounds
Height 18 to 23 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Excellent – it is a very intelligent dog
Breed Traits

Independent
Loyal
Energetic
Alert
Protective
Herding dog

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Belgium
Popularity Not very popular – ranked 98th by the AKC
Size Medium to large
Weight 40 to 70 pounds
Height 22 to 26 inches
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence Excellent – training will be quick with the right approach
Breed Traits

Energetic
Intelligent
Watchdog
Alert
Bold
Loyal

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin England
Popularity Very popular – ranked 4th by the AKC
Size Medium
Weight Males 50-55 lbs. Females 40-50 lbs.
Height 12-15 inches at the shoulder
Life span 5-11 years
Intelligence Very High
Breed Traits

Lazy Dog
Intelligent
Easygoing
Friendly
Calm
Loyal

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin UK and Belgium
Popularity Quite popular – ranked 49th by the AKC
Size Large to giant
Weight 80 to 110 pounds
Height 23 to 27 inches
Life span 7 to 10 years
Intelligence Excellent – this is a very clever dog
Breed Traits

affectionate
gentle
Working dog
stubborn
demanding
Good for experinced owner

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Belgium
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 51st by the AKC
Size Large
Weight 60 to 75 pounds
Height 22 to 27 inches
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence Excellent – very clever dog
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Loyal
Protective
Watchdog
Alert
Good for experinced owner

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin France
Popularity Not yet a fully registered member of the AKC
Size Medium to large
Weight 35 to 80 pounds
Height 18 to 27 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Excellent – this is a very intelligent breed
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Hunter
Alert
Devoted
Easy to train
Somewhat sensitive

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Italy
Popularity Quite popular – ranked 35th by the AKC
Size Large to giant
Weight 85 to 115 pounds
Height 23 to 28 inches
Life span 10 to 12 year
Intelligence Excellent – very clever dog
Breed Traits

Willful
Watchdog
Protective
Intelligent
Quiet
Brave

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin United Kingdom
Popularity Not that popular – ranked 139th by the AKC
Size Large
Weight 55 to 85 pounds
Height 17 to 20 inches
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence Excellent– obeys first command 70% of the time or more
Breed Traits

Watchdogs
Loyal
Affectionate
Gentle
Intelligent
Sensitive

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, Slovakia
Popularity Not yet a fully registered member of the AKC
Size Medium to large
Weight 44 to 60 pounds
Height 24 to 26 inches
Life span 12 to 16 years
Intelligence Excellent – very smart breed
Breed Traits

Lively
Intelligent
Brave
Active
Working Dog
Social

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin United States
Popularity Not popular – ranked 182nd by the AKC
Size Medium to large
Weight 30 to 90 pounds
Height 22 to 27 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Excellent – very clever breed
Breed Traits

Needs experienced owner
Loyal
Intelligent
Sensitive
Gentle
Affectionate

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Central Asia
Popularity Not yet a fully registered member of the AKC
Size Large to giant
Weight 88 to 170 pounds
Height 24 to 32 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Excellent – very intelligent dog
Breed Traits

Needs experienced owner
Bold
Intelligent
Independent
Protective
Working dogs

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Germany
Popularity High
Size Large
Weight 60-80 pounds
Height 24-28 inches at the shoulder
Life span 10-13 years
Intelligence Very high
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Playful
Independent
Loyal
Protective
Needs Experienced owner

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Netherlands
Popularity Not yet a fully registered member of the AKC
Size Large
Weight 50 to 88 pounds
Height 22 to 25 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Excellent – one of the most intelligent dogs
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Intuitive
Watchful
Alert
Protective
Watchdog

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin United Kingdom
Popularity Quite popular – ranked 27th by the AKC
Size Medium to large
Weight 35 to 55 pounds
Height 18 to 21 inches
Life span 10 to 14 years
Intelligence Excellent – its is a very clever dog
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Energetic
Cheerful
Active
social
Hunter

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin United Kingdom
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 86th by the AKC
Size Large
Weight 60 to 70 pounds
Height 22 to 25 inches
Life span 10 to 14 years
Intelligence Excellent – learns very quickly
Breed Traits

Friendly
Cheerful
Playful
Intelligent
Loyal
Good family dog

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Scotland
Popularity Very high – Ranked number 3 by the AKC
Size Medium to large
Weight 50 to 80 pounds
Height 20 to 24 inches
Life span 10 to 13 years
Intelligence Very high – One of the more intelligent breeds
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Patient
Kind
Loyal
Affectionate
But Hunter

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Germany
Popularity High
Size Medium large
Weight 45-70 pounds
Height 23-26 inches at the shoulder
Life span 12-14 years
Intelligence Very High
Breed Traits

Boisterous
Smart
Affectionate
Intelligent
Friendly
Exuberance

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Germany
Popularity Very high – It is ranked at number 2 by the AKC
Size Large
Weight 75 to 95 pounds
Height 22 to 26 inches
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence Very high – This is one of the most intelligent dog breeds
Breed Traits

Strong
Courageous
Quick
Intelligent
Protective
Easy to train

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Germany
Popularity Not that popular – Ranked 146th in popularity by the AKC
Size Medium
Weight 25 to 45 pounds
Height 16 to 20 inches
Life span 12 to 14 years
Intelligence Excellent – very intelligent breed
Breed Traits

Devoted
Intelligent
Versatile
Alert
Not for inexperienced owners
Protective

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Ireland
Popularity Not popular – ranked 149th by the AKC
Size Medium to large
Weight 45 to 65 pounds
Height 21 to 24 inches
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence Excellent – understands new commands after 5 to 15 repetitions
Breed Traits

Eager to please
Loyal
Playful
Cheerful
Energetic
Intelligent

Hypoallergenic

Yes

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Germany and Netherlands
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 84th by the AKC
Size Medium
Weight 35 to 45 pounds
Height 16 to 19 inches
Life span 12 to 14 years
Intelligence Excellent – this is a very smart dog
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Alert
Energetic
Playful
Loyal
Affectionate

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Canada
Popularity Very high – number 1 according to the AKC!
Size Large
Weight 55 to 75 pounds
Height 21 to 24 inches
Life span 10 to 12 years
Intelligence Very high – it is known to be one of the smartest dogs
Breed Traits

Exceptionally loyal
Affectionate
Intelligence
Playful
Energetic
Excellent family dog

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin USA
Popularity Not yet a fully registered member of the AKC
Size Medium to large
Weight 40 to 80 pounds
Height 20 to 26 inches
Life span 11 to 13 years
Intelligence Excellent
Breed Traits

Loving
Protective
Energetic
Insistent
Playful
Loyal

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Norway
Popularity Not popular – ranked 188th by the AKC
Size Small
Weight 13 to 20 pounds
Height 12 to 15 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Excellent – very intelligent breed
Breed Traits

Active
Social
Intelligent
loyal
Energetic
Playful

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Wales, (UK)
Popularity Ranked 20th by the AKC
Size Small to medium
Weight 24 to 30 pounds
Height 10 to 12 inches
Life span 12 to 14 years
Intelligence Excellent – very intelligent dog
Breed Traits

Happy
Smart
Alert
Intelligent
Alert
Loyal

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Germany
Popularity Not yet recognized by the AKC
Size Medium to large
Weight 44 to 66 pounds
Height 21 to 26 inches
Life span 12 to 14 years
Intelligence Excellent
Breed Traits

Calm
Energetic
Loyal
Curious
Friendly
Eager to please

Hypoallergenic

Yes

General Information
Origin Germany
Popularity Somewhat popular – ranked 91st by the AKC
Size Medium
Weight 35 to 45 pounds
Height 18 to 20 inches
Life span 12 to 14 years
Intelligence Excellent – very intelligent dog
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Bold
Serious
Calm
Sweet
Loyal

Hypoallergenic

Yes

General Information
Origin Sweden
Popularity Not that popular – ranked 163rd by the AKC
Size Small to medium
Weight 20 to 35 pounds
Height 12 to 14 inches
Life span 12 to 14 years
Intelligence Excellent– understands new commands very quickly
Breed Traits

Spirited
Fearless
Alert
Intelligent
Better with experienced owner
Energetic

Hypoallergenic

No

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Tibet,China
Popularity Very high
Size Toy
Weight 9 to 16 pounds
Height 8 to 11 inches at the shoulder
Life span 10 to 16 years
Intelligence High
Breed Traits

Yappy
Demanding
Perky
Intelligent
Affectionate
Energetic

Hypoallergenic

Yes

General Information
Origin United Kingdom
Popularity Quite popular – ranked 23rd by the AKC
Size Small to medium
Weight 11 to 24 pounds
Height 13 to 16 inches
Life span 12 to 15 years
Intelligence Very high – a very clever dog
Breed Traits

Loyal
Friendly
Affectionate
Intelligent
Outgoing
Gentle and retiring

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Spain
Popularity Not very popular – ranked 162nd by the AKC
Size Medium
Weight 31 to 49 pounds
Height 16 to 20 inches
Life span 10 to 14 years
Intelligence Excellent
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Versatile
Great family dog
Affectionate
Loyal
Happy

Hypoallergenic

Yes

General Information
Origin Germany
Popularity Not yet recognized by the AKC
Size Medium to large
Weight 38 to 58 pounds
Height 19 to 22 inches
Life span 12 to 14 years
Intelligence Excellent
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Loyal
Energetic
Affectionate
Enthusiastic
Happy

Hypoallergenic

NO

DogBreed
General Information
Origin Germany, then standardized in France
Popularity High
Size Small
Weight 6-9 pounds
Height Under 10 inches
Life span 14-15 years
Intelligence Excellent
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Smart
Responsive
Eager to please
Entertaining
Social

Hypoallergenic

Yes

General Information
Origin China
Popularity Not that popular – ranked 135th by the AKC
Size Giant
Weight 100 to 170 pounds
Height 24 to 28 inches
Life span 10 to 14 years
Intelligence Excellent
Breed Traits

Intelligent
Protective
Loyal
Courageous
Reliable
Better with experienced owner

Hypoallergenic

NO

General Information
Origin Hungary
Popularity Not that popular – ranked 157th by the AKC
Size Medium to large
Weight 40 to 60 pounds
Height 22 to 25 inches
Life span 12 to 14 years
Intelligence Excellent
Breed Traits

Loyal
Intelligent
Alert
Quite gentle
Great family companion
Easy going

Hypoallergenic

No

General Information
Origin Mexico
Popularity Not that popular – ranked 139th by the AKC
Size Toy, small or medium
Weight Toy – 5 to 15 pounds, miniature – 15 to 30 pounds, standard – 25 to 40 pounds
Height Toy – 9 to 14 inches, miniature – 15 to 20 inches, standard – 20 to 30 inches
Life span 14 to 20 years
Intelligence Excellent
Breed Traits

Loyal
Intelligent
Alert
Affectionate
Happy
Playful

Hypoallergenic

Yes

Featured Image Credit: Pascal zum Felde, Shutterstock
Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.