10 Dog Breeds Most Eager To Please

Although every dog is an individual in any given breed, there are some breeds that generally are more eager to please their owners. These breeds are easier to train not because they’re more intelligent, but because they have more desire to please their owners than others. Some dogs are more focused on self-rewarding by doing what they want to do, making them far less biddable. So if you’re looking for a dog that’s focused on keeping his family happy, check out these breeds!

#1 – Golden Retriever


One of the reasons the Golden Retriever is so popular is because of its desire to please his owners. Goldens are very sensitive to their families and are eager to please, making them easy to train and live with.

#2 – Labrador Retriever


The Labrador is also popular because of its eagerness to please. Despite being very social dogs, they’re extremely loyal to their families and work hard to keep their families happy.

#3 – German Shepherd Dog

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The German Shepherd Dog is considered the jack of all trades as they are very biddable and learn a variety of tasks easily. They are sensitive to their owner’s emotions and try hard to please.

#4 – Australian Shepherd


Australian Shepherds are very high energy dogs that enjoy learning new things. They are eager to please, which makes them easy to train and a joy to have around if you’re looking for an active breed. 

#5 – Standard Poodle

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Most people think of Poodles as the beauty queens of the dog world and they can certainly put on a great show. But they’re very intelligent dogs that are very easy to train. They’re very handler focused and are eager to please you, whatever it is you may desire. 

#6 – Papillon


Papillons might be tiny, but don’t be fooled by their size. They are very active and easily trained, as can be observed by their ability to excel at dog sports like competitive obedience and agility. If you’re looking for a small dog that’s eager to please you, the Papillon might be your best choice. 

#7 – Border Collie


The Border Collie is one of the most versatile working dogs today, as they excel almost across the board in dog sports. They are extremely intelligent, but also eager to please their owners. Their desire to work will leave them waiting for you to tell them what to do next, which is great if you want an active working dog. Because of this, though, they won’t do well in a home that doesn’t provide some sort of job. 

#8 – Belgian Malinois


The Belgian Malinois is the short-coated variety of the Belgian Shepherds and is probably the most versatile working dog today, found being used as herding dogs, service dogs, competitive obedience dogs as well as police and military protection dogs. Malinois are very sensitive to their owners and are always waiting for the next direction. 

#9 – Shetland Sheepdog


Shelties are the breed of choice for those wanting a smaller working dog. They excel in sports like obedience and agility just like the Border Collies, are just as biddable and eager to please, but come in a smaller package. They are very intelligent and easy to train, making them an excellent choice for someone looking for a smaller breed. 

#10 – Belgian Tervuren

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The Tervuren is the long-coated variety of the Belgian Shepherd and although not as common as a working dog as its Malinois brother, it is every bit as biddable and willing to work. Tervurens make excellent competition dogs or active family companions as they are eager to please their owners, making them easy to train. 

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