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Best Dog Breeds for House Training

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Dogs are man’s best friend. There’s no doubt that dogs are incredibly loveable and increasingly loyal to their owners. Treat a dog with care and respect and he will stick with you through thick and thin.

From cute and cuddly to large and rambunctious and everything in between, dogs come in all shapes and sizes, giving us humans the opportunity to pick and choose based on our own criteria. There are hundreds of breeds that exist in the world, and that’s not even taking into consideration the mixed breeds.

Of course, the main thing that many people worry about is training; specifically, house training. As much as you love a dog, you don’t want it piddling around the house. It’s important and necessary to set boundaries, and make use of modern housebreaking tools such as UGODOG. While every dog can be house trained, some breeds tend to be more stubborn than others. These stubborn breeds might take a little more time and a bit more coaxing. The key is to start training when they’re young.

If you lead a busy life with lots of time constraints, or if you’re a novice dog owner, you may want to go with a dog breed that is easier to train. Here are some of the best dog breeds for house training.

Border Collies

The Border Collie is known as the smartest dog breed available. They are also easy to potty train as puppies. Initially bred to herd livestock, Border Collies are just balls of physical and mental energy. They learn quickly, which makes house training a breeze.

However, Border Collies are prone to trouble if not properly trained, so make sure to train them early. They also get bored quite easily if not physically or mentally engaged, so give your Border Collie something to do every day to avoid any disasters in your home.

Labrador Retriever

Known to be helpful, loyal, and courageous, Labrador Retrievers are a very common pet. Labs were originally bred to retrieve fish and fishing nets. Loveable and affectionate, Labradors always seem to have smiles on their faces.

Labradors are big bundles of energy but they’re also incredibly intelligent. You can begin training them as early as six months of age. Labrador Retrievers are eager to please, so house training should be a cinch.

Australian Shepherd

As you might guess, these dogs were bred to herd sheep, so they are full of energy and smarts. Australian Shepherds are a bold, confident, and independent breed. Similar to the Border Collie, Aussies need a good physical and mental workout every day to allay any boredom. An under-stimulated Aussie will try to herd anything, including children, other animals, and even cars.

Your Aussie should pick up house training quite easily. Just make sure he gets enough exercise while he’s at it.


A smaller breed than those mentioned above, the Papillon is believed to have originated from the Dwarf Spaniel in Italy. The breed we see in the current day was developed in the 1800s by Belgian breeders. Papillon comes from the French word for “butterfly,” which describes this breed’s characteristic ears.

Papillons are probably the perfect lap dog with their small size and affectionate demeanor. They are also very clean and very intelligent, so house training should almost be second nature to them.

Australian Cattle Dog

The Australian Cattle Dog was bred in the 1830s as a mix between a Smithfield and a wild dingo. This was then crossbred with several other breeds, including the Collie, Dalmation, and Australian Kelpie. Such a dynamic mix has led to the Australian Cattle Dog we know and love today. Like all other herding dogs, the Australian Cattle Dog craves physical and mental activity.

The Australian Cattle Dog is a smart, reliable breed and full of stamina. Start house training early and it shouldn’t be a problem.

Toy Poodle

The Toy Poodle is the tiny version of the standard Poodle we all know, but don’t let size fool you. Toy Poodles are playful, sensitive, and alert. They are incredibly affectionate, though some can be initially reserved around strangers. Toy Poodles may also bark and yap a bit.

These tiny dogs are full of energy. They are smart, but what makes poodles so easy to house train your is their sensitivity and eagerness to please.

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