There are a multitude of breeds, more than 300 listed by the Central Canine Society to be precise. But are there races easier to educate than others?
Do you want to adopt a dog and you do not know which race to lead you to? You are afraid to choose a race that does not really fit you, a race that is difficult to educate?
Let Smart Dog Lover guide you and enlighten you on which breeds are easiest to educate, if they exist.
The different breeds of dogs
As mentioned above, the Central Canine Society (SCC) lists exactly 355 breeds which are then divided into 10 distinct groups by the International Cynological Federation (FCI):
Group 1: Sheepdog and Bouvier dogs (except Swiss Mountain Dogs)
Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer – Molossoid breeds – Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs to Other Races
Group 3: Terriers
Group 4: Dachshunds
Group 5: Spitz and Primitive Type Dogs
Group 6: Common Dogs, Blood Research Dogs and Related Breeds
Group 7: Stop dogs
Group 8: Dogs Rapporteurs de Gibier – Dogs Leveurs de Gibier – Water Dogs
Group 9: Approval and Company Dogs
Group 10: Greyhounds
There are also two distinct categories following the law of 6 January 1999 on dangerous and wandering animals also known as the Dangerous Dogs Act. These so-called “dangerous” dogs are classified into two categories:
1st category which concerns:
- Dogs commonly known as “Pit Bulls” who are associated by their physical characteristics to the American Staffordshire Terrier and who are not registered with a recognized pedigree.
- Dogs commonly called “Boerbulls”associated by their physical characteristics to the Mastiff and who are not registered to a recognized genealogical book.
- Tosa-type dogs who are not registered with a recognized stud book.
2nd category which concerns:
- All American Staffordshire Terrier breed dogs.
- All Rottweiler dogs and all dogs associated with their physical characteristics at Rottweiler and not registered with a recognized breeding book.
- All Tosa dogs.
Choose the breed of your dog
Each race will have its specificities but beyond that, each dog will have its own character. Of course we can find similarities and we can make generalities of instincts and temperaments according to each race, but above all we must integrate the fact that each dog is a full individual!
The danger to avoid when choosing the breed of his future dog is to rely only on physical and non-behavioral criteria.
Of course, instinctively you will turn to this or that type of dog because it is not in our nature to go against our desires and desires, but this should not be your only selection criterion or the only one reason that drives you to adopt a dog.
To choose the race of your future dog is also to take into account the natural instincts relative to each race group, which can be more or less developed and marked according to the individuals.
So to choose a race is to be aware of the different problems that you may encounter if you do not use the dog for its primary purpose (flock, sled, hunt, guard, etc.) and especially know how to control his specific instincts and how to shape them so that they can be livable on a daily basis.
In my opinion, from the moment you accept the different traits of your dog, you do not want to delete them completely but rather to take them into account in your techniques and methods of education: it’s won !
The easiest breed to educate will be the breed that suits you the most
In my opinion, there are certainly breeds and dogs “easier” to educate but it will depend greatly on the relationship established between the master and his dog as well as responses to the needs of the dog by the master.
For example, a Border Collie may be very easy to educate for a shepherd, but it will not be easy for someone who does not use it to work. We will also discuss later adopting a dog breed called “smart” and mistakes not to commit.
It is in this that, in my opinion, there are no races easier to educate than another, it is rather compatibilities more marked than others between a master and a dog.
An easy dog to educate will be a dog that is respected in its true nature, who is offered a suitable environment and for which one meets his basic needs of expenditure regularly or even daily.
What is easy education?
Moreover, in my opinion an easy education is a subjective notion, since a dog may seem “easy” to educate for one person and not for another.
It depends on your level of knowledge of the dog, your experience as a teacher and “educator” but also means you want to invest in your dog’s education (whether physical, physical or financial).
Each master will have his own expectations and requirements, so they will be for everyone sometimes very different. For example, for me, having a strict walking is not one of my requirements when I walk my dogs, in this education was not very difficult since I “just” had to teach them not to shoot.
But for someone who sees a particular requirement in strict walking, learning can be longer and therefore considered more “complicated” depending on the point of view.
If you want to go further by using an effective and recognized method to educate your dog at a lower cost, I advise you to take a look at the method “Train your dog in 15 minutes a day”.
Are smart dogs so easy to educate?
As mentioned above, it seems important to me to make a point on dogs called “smart” and therefore potentially easier to educate than others.
In my opinion, all dogs are intelligent, only the breeds initially selected for work (flock, guard, hunting, etc.) will be breeds better able to work and therefore to collaborate with their master. But beware, who says smart dog said especially dog able to quickly understand and observe the flaws and weaknesses of his master and enjoy.
There is no perfect dog and even within working races and therefore potentially intelligent, you will meet obstacles in some learning if they are not inculcated in the respect of the true nature of the dog.
Zoom on the most popular breed groups
Without wishing to make generalities, let us nevertheless see, by “popular” groups of races, the different temperaments that can emerge.
Dogs of pleasure and companionship: which are specially dedicated to the company of the Man, hence the name. But beware, pet dogs and pets are primarily dogs.
These are not just stuffed animals that are left on the couch all day long! They will also need motivation to listen, spending to express themselves and attention to be fully fulfilled.
- Shepherd dogs: which are initially used to accompany the shepherds, hence the name again. These are dogs that will be eager to cooperate with their master and so their education can be “easy”. However, if their needs (very important) of expenditure (physical but especially mental) are not met, they can quickly become the worst companions in everyday life.
- Hunting dogs: who are they specifically intended for hunting, pursuit, etc.? They may not be suitable for everyone because of their instincts that can be very restrictive everyday. Often very independent, these dogs are not “easy” dogs to educate despite their great intelligence: the pursuit instinct often takes over everything else. And just like sheepdogs, without a maximum of expense, these dogs can easily develop behavioral disorders.
- Burrows: as for some hunting dogs, burrows are dogs that are often very stubborn and very assertive (as this is what they are asked to do as part of their initial work). It can be very frustrating for a master wishing a relationship very fusional to burrow because once the truffle out, greater thing does not matter if it is the smell to track.
- Primitive races: races that are often very independent and do not necessarily excel in obedience. There are always exceptions, of course, but many dogs like Husky, Malamute etc. find themselves in refuge because the masters had seen in them only beautiful balls of hair pretty to look at.
These very primitive races, therefore, all the more need that we consider them as they really are and that we take into account their primary instincts highly developed and may therefore not be compatible with certain lifestyles “classic”.
Last words and recommendations
To love and educate your dog is also to protect him against the vagaries of life. That’s why I strongly recommend you subscribe to a dog health insurance as soon as possible. This will save you astronomical veterinary fees in case of accident or illness.