By Ann Sullivan
When considering dog breeds, there are many factors that come into play. How smart is the breed? How easy are they to train and care for? Will it fit your lifestyle? It’s generally thought that the dog’s brightness can dictate how easy they will learn commands. Loyalty is another trait you’ll want in your canine companion. No matter which you choose, having a dog as part of your life is certainly a commitment and responsibility you should not take lightly. Dogs, like children, have their own personalities and needs. If you’re looking for a new member of your pack, consider one of these 11 breeds which are the easiest dogs to raise.
1) Border Collie
The Border Collie is thought to be among the brightest of the working dog breeds. Originating on the border of Scotland and England (hence its name), this energetic herding canine is very easy to train. Originally bred specifically for intelligence and herding livestock, they are great problem solvers with the ability to think independently. Border Collies, on average, can learn a new command after only 5 repetitions and will follow and obey with up to 95% accuracy. Being energetic and athletic, they excel at sports and can often be seen in canine competitions. Being so high-spirited, they do require consistent exercise to keep them engaged. Regular activities, such as Frisbee or catch, will keep these wondrous beauties very happy. They also make great watch dogs, but should be socialized with other humans, aside from family members, at a young age.
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