The 20 most obedient large dog breeds
Dogs provide us with company and entertain us with their antics, but sometimes they can be too much for us to handle. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, they just won’t listen.
A dog’s behavior depends on how it has been trained, but it can also depend on its breed. While you may be attracted to a certain type of dog, whether they listen to commands can depend on their genetics.
According to American Kennel Club and canine psychologist Stanley Coren, author of the book The intelligence of dogsSome dogs are biologically wired to be independent and do their own thing, while others aim to please. Therefore, it is important to do your research before adopting a new pet to ensure that you have the time and energy to meet their needs.
Here are 20 of the largest, most obedient dog breeds.
Working dogs are known to be very trainable and listen to their owner’s commands. The Malinois, which can reach up to 75 pounds, is an intelligent, highly trainable dog designed for hard work. These dogs love to please their owners, according to the AKC, but require a lot of exercise.
The Standard Poodle is a medium to large sized dog and although he looks haughty, he is intelligent and very trainable. According to Cohen, the Poodles understand the new commands in under five reps, which puts them on a par with Border Collies.
These large dogs are intelligent and bond closely with their families, making them wonderful pets. However, early socialization and puppy training classes are essential for a dog of this size to ensure that he grows up with the right manners.
The quintessential family pet, Golden Retrievers love to spend time with their owners. They are among the most obedient of all races and, according to Cohen, tend to obey a First Order at least 95% of the time.
According to the AKC, these dogs have sharp intelligence, learn easily, respond quickly, and make loving and fun companions. However, like German Shepherds, they are strong dogs and need good obedience training when they are young.
The laboratory is that of America the most popular breed of dog and it’s easy to see why. These adorable dogs are friendly, outgoing, and love to learn and be active, especially when it comes to swimming or fetching.
These dogs love being around humans and make excellent guardians, reaching up to 135 pounds. Although they are very apt to be trained, they can be stubborn, so proper training is important.
Flat Coated Retriever
Flat-lined recuperators are very smart, responsive, and eager to please, so they’re generally easy to train, says the AKC. They are athletic dogs, so a lot of outdoor exercise is needed to keep them from getting bored and becoming destructive.
Bernese mountain dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large breed that can measure over 27 inches at the shoulder. Although these dogs are obedient, they do not respond well to heavy training and prefer positive reinforcement, otherwise they can get irritated.
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Chesapeake Bay Scavengers are powerful hunting dogs that require good training from childhood. Once trained, they are smart and loyal, but still have an independent streak. These dogs are very energetic and require a lot of exercise such as running and swimming.
Easily recognizable by the long hairs that fall on their faces, Briards are sheepdogs and possess the same traits as others, including good trainability. These naturally intelligent dogs are more independent than other herding breeds, however, which means they can be picky at times.
The Giant Schnauzer is a larger version of the Standard Schnauzer and they are extremely intelligent and territorial. These dogs make excellent guardians but are happiest when they are active. The AKC cautions that the breed is not suitable for owners of “casual” dogs, as they can be a handful.
The largest of all terrier breeds, the intelligence of the Airedale and the fact that they bond closely with owners can make training easier. However, these dogs can get bored easily, so different training activities can help.
The Terres-Neuves are gentle giants. In general, these dogs are eager to please and easy to train. They are also affectionate and respond well to gentle advice and positive training, rather than harsher techniques.
Irish Setters are happy and eager to please, but they are full of energy and need a lot of exercise to stay satisfied and fit. Fun workouts are essential for this breed to ensure they are obedient, but they learn quickly.
A male Irish Wolfhound can weigh up to 120 pounds and stand three feet tall, but they are gentle dogs that make excellent pets in the right environment. According to Cohen, these dogs obey first commands about half the time.
Kuvasz dogs are very intelligent and loyal to their family, which aids in obedience training. However, the breed matures slowly, so training a Kuvasz can take time, effort, and patience. Training courses are recommended for this breed.
Saluki is one of the oldest dog breeds and according to the AKC the breed could be traced back as far as 7000 BC These dogs are large and energetic, but good training and plenty of exercise keeps them healthy, happy and obedient.
Great Danes are the largest of all dog breeds and are very strong, but they love to please their owners. It is important that Great Danes learn to walk well on a leash and remember well when in public, especially since their size can intimidate other dogs.
Alaskan Malamutes are large dogs that were originally bred for their strength to pull heavy objects via a sled. Malamutes are very intelligent but also independent and stubborn, so training can be a challenge. However, patience is important and it is possible to train these dogs well over time.