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There is more to getting a do companion, than simply walking into a pet store and picking the one that settles well with your consciousness. The dog’s size, train-ability, compatibility with children, and shedding habits are some of the factors to consider. If unsure, lots of sites on the internet will provide a list of dog breeds and their differential characteristics.
Let us now have a look at the top five easy to train dog breeds;-
1. Border Collie
Border Collies are incredibly energetic and adaptable dogs that are best suited for country living. They have naturally upright ears whose tips drop over and a life expectancy of about 17 years, with proper care. Ensure that they have at least 40 minutes of exercise daily, without which they become miserable and destructive.
Males stand at 22 inches and weigh up to 20kgs, while the females stand at not more than 21 inches and weigh about 19kgs. Border Collies are highly intelligent dogs, which makes them easy to train. Besides, they are very protective, a trait that makes them perfect for use as watchdogs.
2. German Shepherd
This is probably the most popular dog breed, as it is the first dog breed at the tip of most people’s tongue. German Shepherds are large, smart, easy to train, and have strong guarding instincts. They stand as tall as 25 inches and weigh up to 41kgs. Their head is broad, tapering handsomely to a sharp muzzle.
Though German Shepherds are generally friendly dogs, they tend to get nervous and aggressive with a lack of exercise and adequate food. They continually shed throughout the year, though they experience heavy shedding at least twice in a year.
Poodles are available in three sizes, the standard breed standing at 15 inches and weighing 20-32kgs, the miniature standing at 10-15 inches and weighing 5-9kgs, and the toy standing at less than 10 inches and weighing 2-3kgs. They have naturally floppy ears and a long face.
Interestingly, they rarely shed; instead, they mat the coat to itself, thus requiring frequent clipping as the mats can be painful. Poodles are intelligent, easy to train, loving, and very active dogs. However, they are excellent jumpers, so ensure your yard is properly fenced.
4. Miniature Schnauzer
Schnauzer means beard. The Miniature Schnauzer is a square-bodied dog with a beard, bushy eyebrows, and medium-length, double hard coat. Males stand at 12-14 inches and weight 5-8kgs, while the females stand 11-13 inches tall and weight 5-7kgs.
Their adaptable nature makes them ideal for city apartment living. They are playful, alert, courageous, and determined little dogs. Also, they are friendly dogs with the need to be included in all family activities. Miniature Schnauzers do not shed, thus require regular grooming.
5. Labrador Retriever
Here is a sturdy, fast, and intelligent dog that is easy to train, making for an excellent family dog. The Labrador Retriever stands at 24 inches and weighs 55-85 pounds. They are easy to recognize, thanks to their broad head, large eyes, and drop ears. Their coat does well with regular grooming, which should be intensified during shedding.
Dogs are considered a man’s best friend, and they have earned the title over the years. It is always better to get yourself a puppy as training at a young age is more manageable. Also, it gives the puppy a chance to grow accustomed to its surroundings and other family members.