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Most Obedient Dog Breeds in the World

Always Pets logo: MainLogo Always Pets 5 days ago Brittany Alexandra Sulc
A woman training her Labrador retriever © FilippoBacci/Getty Images A woman training her Labrador retriever

When you're considering adopting a dog, there's a multitude of factors to consider. Size, activity level and temperament are all important, but so is trainability.

Some dogs are easier to train than others, so we compiled a list of the most obedient dog breeds in the world. Larger breeds tend to be easier to train, but we made sure to include some well-behaved lap dogs, too. 

10. Havanese

Temperament: Affectionate, happy, intelligent

Height: 8-11.5 inches

Weight: 7-13 pounds

Longevity: 14-16 years

Bottom line: Havanese are ideal dogs for anyone looking for an easy-to-train, affectionate companion in a compact package. They're full of energy, but their small size makes it much easier to keep them in apartments or homes without a yard. They need lots of attention to prevent separation anxiety, but the time and effort pays off.

They adore learning tricks and will follow your every command, as long as training sessions are followed by copious amounts of snuggling.

9. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Temperament: Lively, affectionate, trainable

Height: 10-12 inches

Weight: 23-28 pounds

Longevity: 12-15 years

Bottom line: Pembroke Welsh corgis are more stubborn than Havanese, but these fox-like dogs are bright enough to pick up new commands in a flash. They were bred to be herding dogs, so don't get a corgi unless you're willing to give them plenty of daily exercise and firm leadership.

If you don't, they're prone to destructive behavior out of boredom.

8. Papillon

A lively papillon dog running through the woods © Ewa Dunin/Getty Images A lively papillon dog running through the woods

Temperament: Outgoing, energetic, athletic

Height: 8-12 inches

Weight: 3-10 pounds

Longevity: 13-15 years

Bottom line: Don't underestimate the small yet mighty papillon. Just because they're cute and tiny doesn't mean they're not plenty smart enough to learn commands. They're very eager to please, and they're adept at agility training, tracking and even as therapy dogs.

Since they're so small, however, use caution when bringing a papillon to a home with young children or larger pets, as their small size makes them more prone to injury.

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