These breeds of dog are known to be biddable and eager to please, making them perfect for first-time puppy owners or busy families.
If you’ve been thinking about getting a new puppy over the global pandemic then you’re not alone – the Kennel Club says the number of people welcoming new dogs into their homes in the last couple of years has soared.
But choosing the right breed is absolutely essential – for example opting for a small dog if you don’t have much room at home, or a hypoallergenic dog if you suffer from allergies.
Another thing to take into account is that certain breeds are significantly more difficult to train than others – from walking to heel to toilet training.
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It should be noted that every dog is an individual so there is no guarantee that any particular animal will have the traits common to its breed.
1. Shetland Sheepdog
The Shetland Sheepdog is another dog that has been bred to herd sheep, meaning teaching it to simply 'sit and stay' should be easy. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
They may look high-maintenance, but Poodles are very eager to please and keen to learn. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
3. Border Collie
There's a reason that Border Collies are a favourite for the tricky business of herding sheep - they are incredibly intelligent and learn amazingly fast. Photo: Canva/Getty Images
4. Doberman Pinscher
The Doberman Pinscher constantly comes in the top five of studies into the most intelligent breed of dog. They are known for the way they retain information. Photo: Canva/Getty Images