If you are one of the growing number of people looking to add a puppy to your family, here are the pups that will almost naturally learn when it’s time to go outside, and those that will provide more of a threat to your carpets.
One thing worth bearing in mind is that certain breeds are far easiest to toilet train than others – so if you value your carpets then there are certain breeds that should top your wish list, and others best left to owners less concerned about their pet making a mess.
Plenty of us decided to welcome new four-legged friends into our homes in the last couple of years – according to Kennel Club figures dog ownership soared by nearly eight percent – and post-lockdown demand for puppies remains high.
There are a whopping 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, alongside numerous crossbreeds, so there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your family’s latest addition.
There’s even academic guidance to seek out, with Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ ranking breeds by instincts, obedience, and the ability to adapt.
So, here are the 10 breeds of dog that are easy to housebreak, and those that might take a little more time to get the message that it’s polite to go outside.
1. Australian Shepherd
Starting with the easiest pups to housebreak and the gorgeous Australian Shepherd. A combination of intelligence and eagerness to please means this breed will quickly get to grips with popping outside. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
2. Bichon Frise
Crate training is particularly effective with the cute Bichon Frise - creating a safe space for your pup that it will want to keep dry and clean. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
3. Border Collie
It's no surprise to see the Border Collie on this list. They are the world's most intelligent breed of dog and quickly pick up the most complex of commands - making toilet training simple. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
4. Boston Terrier
The Boston Terrier shouldn't take must convincing to pop out for the toilet. Any lingering stubborness can be sorted out with treats. Photo: Canva/Getty Images