Q&A: What is the best breed of dog for obedience training?

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I need 2 for a for a school and I am having touble thinking of the beed to buy. I wanted to stay away from the most common choices like golden retreivers and labs, and go for a different .

I need one breed that would be awesome around people and great in trials

I also need a to do scent detection, It must have a high ball drive.


German Shepherd all the way, I don't care how common they would excel at this any day.

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    • jorg.org
    • July 15, 2012

    I vote German Shepards. I have two and they are amazing. Obedience wise, they’re clearly great for training. There’s a reason they’re used by police officers.

    • May Domainee
    • July 15, 2012

    Brightest Dogs
    Understanding of New Commands: Less than 5 repetitions.
    Obey First Command: 95% of the time or better.
    Rank Breed
    1 Border Collie
    2 Poodle
    3 German Shepherd
    4 Golden Retriever
    5 Doberman Pinscher
    6 Shetland Sheepdog
    7 Labrador Retriever
    8 Papillon
    9 Rottweiler
    10 Australian Cattle Dog

    PS. Whoever rated down the American Pitbull Terrier suggestion needs to WATCH THIS. (Starting at 3 minutes IN, shows what I want you to actually SEE.)

    EDIT:Pitbulls can be service dogs, police dogs used for tracking drugs, Therapy dogs, Agility dogs and much more… They are very versatile and can be the best at whatever you want them to be, you just have to be a good trainer.

    Also, for the tracking event, look into getting a blood hound lol. They are the best at it, but the other scent hounds are great too.


    • Buckhunter
    • July 15, 2012

    Any breed can be great for obedience. If you get them as a pup and spend the time to develop a relationship where all they want to do is please you, your there! The best dog I’ve ever had has been a Airedale. For scent detection any of the hounds would work, maybe a Beagle?

    • Nekai
    • July 14, 2012

    German Shepherd is the number one choice. Same with Basset Hounds. Both are “toy driven” and are great at scent tracking 🙂

    • tiff
    • July 14, 2012

    You need 2 dogs for a training program for a school? Could you please elaborate as you must understand that some people may find this question a bit worrying.

    • July 14, 2012

    a blood hound,border collie,husky, german shepard,st.bernard.

    • jjrodeorose
    • July 14, 2012

    An awesome thing to do would get two dogs from a Shelter.

    • sophylakes
    • July 14, 2012

    border collies are the best at competitive obedience, agility, flyball..

    australian shepherds also excel

    shelties are always winning too.

    just go to akc.org and click on the awards for different sports,,

    • savethepitbulls67890
    • July 14, 2012

    Well, honestly an American Pit Bull Terrier would probably be really good at the obedience because they are super intelligent, and many have a high prey drive, and are often used in scent detection. I’ll include a link of a place that trains pits for police work/scent detection.

    However, I’m a little confused by your question. You’re going to be buying two dogs for a school program? That doesn’t sound like a good idea at all. Could you please clarify?


    Haha ignore “Johnny”s rubbish. If you train the dog well enough to do good in obedience and scent detection, chances are you will have a well trained dog. Only poorly trained dogs attack.

    • alison h
    • July 14, 2012

    border collies,superb temperaments,highly intelligent and easy to train as they love to learn and keep active.

    • Floopy
    • July 14, 2012

    I’d go with Border Collies–they’re whip-smart and great in these kinds of situations.

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