Multiple Blue Rings

World's Most Obedient Dog Breeds

There are numerous factors to consider when considering dog adoption. Trainability is as important as size, activity level, and temperament.

Because some dogs are easier to train than others, we've compiled a list of the world's most obedient dog breeds. Larger breeds are easier to train, but we also included some well-behaved lap dogs.

Multiple Blue Rings

Miniature Schnauzer

Miniature schnauzers are small in size but not in personality. They're lively little dogs who enjoy meeting new people and playing. They're simple to train as long as they're kept busy.


Rottweilers are an obedient dog breed that should be selected with care. Rotties respond exceptionally well to serious training, but if they are not trained, their strong personalities can spiral out of control.


Shetland sheepdogs, also known as shelties, form a special bond with their owners. They are devoted to their owners and will go to any length to please them.

Shetland Sheepdog

Doberman pinschers have an undeserved reputation for aggression, much like the Rottweiler. They can become aggressive in the hands of an owner who does not understand their requirements.

Doberman Pinscher

The Keeshond, a medium-sized spitz dog with plenty of fur, resembles a giant Pomeranian. Keeshonds have inquisitive, fox-like faces and are one of our favorite dog breeds for being obedient and getting along with everyone.


Havanese are ideal dogs for anyone looking for an affectionate, easy-to-train companion in a small package. They're energetic, but their small size makes them much easier to keep in apartments or homes without a yard.


Pembroke Welsh corgis are more stubborn than Havanese, but these fox-like dogs are quick to learn new commands. Corgis were bred to be herding dogs, so unless you're willing to give them plenty of daily exercise and firm leadership, don't get one.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

They're cute and tiny, but that doesn't mean they're not intelligent enough to learn commands. They are eager to please and excel at agility training, tracking, and even working as therapy dogs.


The tricky part about obedient dog breeds is that they are created by owners who know how to properly train them. People are hardwired into English springer spaniels.

English Springer Spaniel

The border collie is one of the brightest dog breeds out there, but they, like the English springer spaniel, aren't designed for apartment living. Border collies belong on a farm, a ranch, or anywhere else they can put their special skills to use.

Border Collie

Dogs With the Shortest Lifespans