Training dogs isn’t easy. There are certain breeds that are highly trainable, but their ability to follow your command largely depends on three factors: the breed’s ancestry, the effectiveness of your training methods and the type of commands the dog is getting from you.
If all three factors fall into place, you can enjoy an amicable friend, who will do whatever it takes to keep you safe and comfortable. However, if, for example, your commands are against the dog’s nature, you might find yourself struggling to keep the dog on the leash.
Intelligence in dogs usually equals high trainability so check out this list of super smart dog breeds to help you choose the devoted life companion:
1. Australian Labradoodle
You can’t go wrong with Australian Labradoodles! These dogs are so intelligent that they hardly need any training at all. They are smart and open to new experiences. Their social nature allows them to enjoy family activities, but they will remain alert and guard your kids’ safety.
Bring home one of these Labradoodle puppies for sale and you’ll enjoy the lovely company of the new protective and caring family member.
Or maybe you’re looking to get one of our cute Goldendoodle puppies for sale? Another highly trainable breed, Goldendoodles are not only cute and friendly but also super intelligent. They respond well to reward-based training and take real pride in looking after their owner.
3. German Shepherd Dog
This is one of the rare breeds who will sacrifice himself for the owner. Super intelligent, unbelievably loyal and incredibly caring, German Shepherd Dogs can become a perfect lifetime companion.
4. Golden Retriever
Not only Golden Retrievers are good to look at, but they are also easy to get along with. This is a highly trainable breed, that respects his owner’s command and will do anything to please the person he’s training with.
5. Border Collie
If left alone, Border Collie can get extremely bored. They need constant activity and physical exercise to expend excessive energy. Border Collies are highly intelligent, have lots of energy and are always up for a good morning run.
6. Labrador Retriever
This is a very independent dog breed, that needs little to no training. He will follow your direction but, in the absence of such, he can also figure things out on his own. Labradors make for great service dogs — they will lead you from the dark to light and safety.
7. Novia Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
This breed with a ridiculously long name is perfect for families. Retrievers are loyal, smart and love to have fun. Whether you’re looking for a carer for your kids or simply a lovely companion, this Retriever breed is a great choice.
8. Border Terrier
Border Terrier is a high energy breed that wants to be useful. Training is the best way to keep Terriers engaged. This is a rare Terrier breed that, unlike its famous relatives, is highly intelligent.
9. Australian Shepherd
This is a herding dog, so Australian Shepherd will get bored and even destructive if he doesn’t have work to do. They are always up for a physical activity, exercise or herding.
10. Shetland Sheepdog
Shelties can’t sit still. They will keep themselves busy, entertained and create a lively atmosphere for the whole family. If you don’t have much time to train them, they will still take on a role of a carer, making sure the kids are safe and cats are kept at a distance.
11. Doberman Pinscher
A beautiful breed, Dobermans are very easy to train. They also have a very good memory. Even though this dog breed has a bad reputation, when trained properly, he can become a great watchdog and an easy-going companion.
12. Standard Poodle
Not only Poodles are friendly and loyal, but they are also incredibly smart. They constantly rank as one of the most intelligent breeds. They like to follow their owner’s command, which makes training them a delightful experience.