Top 10 Most Trainable Small Dog Breeds

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If you want a small dog that is easy to train, what would you look for? Well, you are doing your research first by reading this, which is an excellent idea. Also, you have to think about the dog’s age because the younger they are, the longer it may take to train them. Then again, some dogs that are older are already trained a certain way and may not be as easy to train to your specifications, which is where the saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” came from. In addition, you need to consider the breed because some dog breeds are easier to train than others. Here are some of the top 10 easiest to train small breeds.

#1 Miniature or Toy Poodle

Thought to be one of the most intelligent small dogs, the Poodle, either the miniature or toy type, can learn whatever you want to teach them pretty fast. These lovable little fur balls were bred for hunting, but they were often used in circuses by gypsies to perform tricks because they were so quick to learn. 

#2 Chihuahua

The Chihuahua is one of the smallest breeds in the world, and may also be one of the smartest. These pawrfect poochies are so smart that they have been used in many television commercials and shows. Palm-sized and easy to handle, these cute little critters are wonderful family pets.

#3 Shetland Sheepdog

Though bred for herding livestock, the Sheltie is really a playful pup. Fiercely loyal to their family and wary of strangers, this doggo is known to be a barker. Luckily, this intelligent breed is also one of the most trainable. These pups excel at obedience and agility training, and if started early, can be trained out of those bad habits.
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#4 Dachshund

This pawesome pooch is known to be a great hunter, keeping your house free of vermin. They can even find missing people if trained for it. These long-bodied doggies also come in two varieties, so you can choose between long and shorthair Dachshunds. Either way, you can't go wrong with these pupsters.

#5 Papillon

The adorable Papillon was named for its ears, which look like butterfly wings and is a mix of different types of spaniels. Though mostly bred to be lap dogs, these smart cookies are quick to learn whatever it is you want to teach them. They’re excellent at learning tricks, and are pawfect as agility and show dogs.

#6 Boston Terrier

The Boston Terrier got its fantastic reputation from its ancestor, Sergeant Stubby, who served 18 months in the service in World War I, saw 17 battles, and even caught a German spy. Now that is a smart pup! Gentle and intelligent, this woofderful companion is one easy dog to train!

#7 Pembroke Welsh Corgi

You know that if royalty had a favorite breed, it was probably a smart one, and Queen Elizabeth loved the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. These poochies are so smart they can herd and drive animals that are 50 times their size. Although kept mainly for pets today, they’re still incredibly quick to learn whatever you want to teach.

#8 Pomeranian

This fluffy pup may look like a stuffed animal, but they are smarter than you might think. These pawesome poochies are talented, and can be found winning trophies in tracking, flyball, agility, obedience, and even as a therapy dog. So, teaching your Pomeranian not to jump on the furniture should be pretty simple.

#9 Toy Fox Terrier

The Toy Fox was bred to hunt critters like foxes, mice, rats, and other vermin, but today they are usually kept as family pets. Although they love to sit in your lap, they are working dogs that like to stay busy so give them something to do like obedience, agility, frisbee, or flyball.

#10 Miniature Schnauzer

This grumpy old man is actually a very active and happy pup. Once bred to be a rat hunter, today this doggo likes being the center of their family's life. With a need to please and energy to spare, consistent and patient owners find this affectionate companion quite easy to train.