What Breeds of Dog Are the Most Obedient?

Training is necessary for a dog to know how to be obedient. The word obedient, when referring to dogs, suggests that a dog is able to learn and accomplish whatever behavior humans are commanding the… Training is necessary for a dog to know how to be obedient. The word obedient, when referring to dogs, suggests that a dog is able to learn and accomplish whatever behavior humans are commanding them to do. Once the behavior is trained consistently, then the dog is capable of obeying. So which breeds are the best at learning these behaviors and completing them consistently? Judges from the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the Canadian Kennel Club put together a list of breeds that performed favorably more than 95 percent of the time:Herding Dogs: Border Collie, Shetland Sheepdog, and Australian Cattle Dog were three breeds from the herding group that made the list. While these breeds routinely did well at obedience trials, prospective owners should note that the breed also requires consistent workouts and training sessions. As these dogs were bred to fill a purpose, they will be happiest and most obedient when workouts happen every day. Most of these dogs, while bred to herd other animals, are domestic pets. It’s not surprising that the dogs may occasionally try to gently herd their owners or children in the household.Sporting Dogs: The Golden Retriever and the Labrador Retriever are two breeds from the sporting group that exceed at fetching, as their name would indicate. So it is no surprise that they perform well in hunting birds and navigating in fields and woodlands. Yet these dogs are also sensitive to their owners moods and thus, work well alongside their owners in activities such as running, hiking, or as a guide dog. The breed does very well in a family setting or simply as a companion. Owners need to recognize that the breed does need regular exercise to stay happy and agreeable to the commands asked of them.Guard Dogs: German Shepherd, Doberman Pinscher, and Rottweiler are two breeds from the working group that made the list. These dogs tend to be very loyal, and as such, fierce in guarding. Drawing on this strength, owners will find these breeds to obey best when a copious amount of praise is used during training. In addition, these breeds need consistency in their home environment as well as their training. These dogs are naturally large in size and will need a fair amount of exercise to remain happy and obedient.