Dogs that are gentle and easy to train

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  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, loves water, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: black and tan
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Airedale terriers are highly intelligent and energetic dogs who make great family pets. They excel at agility and love to hike. Learn more about living with Airedale terriers.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, tendency to chew, high potential for weight gain, loves water, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: cream, gold / yellow
  • patterns: saddle / blanket
  • coat length/texture: long, medium
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, outgoing, playful
Golden retrievers are smart, loyal dogs that are ideal family companions. With their gentle nature, shining coats, and charming smiles, they are considered one of the most popular breeds in America. Learn more about living with these people-pleasing pups.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, low prey drive, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, loves water, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle, merle, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Goldendoodles are a highly affectionate crossbreed known for their intelligence and loyalty to their humans. Active and playful, doodles fit in well with families and are great for first-time dog owners. Smaller versions make good apartment dwellers, too.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, blue, gray, white, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, sable, black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, playful, anxious, aloof
The ever-loyal German shepherd consistently ranks at the top of the most popular dog breeds in America, and it's easy to see why. With their calm, confident demeanor, these protective pups are eager to please and quick to learn.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, low prey drive, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, gray, red, blue, cream, white, fawn, brown / chocolate / liver, gold / yellow
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, tuxedo, sable, merle
  • coat length/texture: medium, long, curly
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Maltipoos make the perfect companion for young families, empty nesters, and everyone in between. Highly devoted to their humans, they love to accompany them on walks (and on the couch, of course). Plus, they’re non-shedders and make great apartment dwellers.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, requires lots of grooming, low prey drive, good hiking companion, apartment-friendly, easy to train, strong loyalty tendencies, prone to health issues, loves water, good for first-time pet owners
  • colors: black, gray, red, brown / chocolate / liver, fawn, cream, white
  • coat length/texture: long, medium, curly
  • temperament: outgoing, gentle, friendly, playful, anxious
For loving companionship, few breeds compare to the smart, cuddlesome, and playful Cavapoo. This crossbreed might also be a good choice as a low-allergen pet.
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: gold / yellow, brown / chocolate / liver, blue, white
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful
English setters, the “gentlemen of the dog world,” are good-looking, athletic dogs who can impress in either the show ring or hunting in the field. This medium-sized dog requires a decent amount of grooming, but in return gives you a loving, loyal companion. 
  • breed group: sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, high prey drive, loves water, cold weather tolerant, hot weather tolerant
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, gray
  • patterns: bicolor, flecked / ticked / speckled
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: gentle, outgoing, friendly, playful
Though bred as a hunting dog, the wirehaired pointing griffon has evolved into a beloved companion thanks to his friendly demeanor, high intelligence, adorable scruffiness, and low-shedding coat.
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, tendency to chew, high potential for weight gain, loves water, apartment-friendly, hot weather tolerant, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: white
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, outgoing, friendly, playful, anxious
Coton de Tulears are bright, affectionate dogs who love children and make loyal family pets. If you’re looking for a hypoallergenic dog or puppy that doesn’t shed, this lovable breed is a great choice for owners with pet allergies.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: requires lots of grooming, easy to train, strong loyalty tendencies, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion
  • colors: fawn, black, white, blue, gray
  • patterns: tricolor, bicolor, merle, sable
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, playful
Sweet-tempered and eager-to-please, Shetland sheepdogs, or Shelties as they’re affectionately called, are a popular hardworking, attentive, and affectionate breed.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, prone to health issues, highly territorial, high potential for weight gain, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, black
  • patterns: black and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium
  • temperament: gentle, playful, aloof
Rottweilers are smart, hard-working dogs that can be gentle and devoted family pets with proper positive reinforcement training. Learn more about living with Rottweilers.
  • breed group: hybrid
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, tolerates being alone, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, cream, black, blue, gray
  • patterns: bicolor, tricolor, sable, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: wiry, curly
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
Few small hybrid dogs compare to the spirited and affectionate Yorkie-poo, a little firecracker of fun with devoted companionship every member of the family can enjoy.  
  • breed group: non-sporting
  • breed size: medium (26-60 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, requires lots of grooming, hypoallergenic, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant
  • colors: brown / chocolate / liver, red, gold / yellow, cream, fawn, black, gray, white
  • patterns: bicolor, sable, brindle, black and tan, liver and tan
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, anxious, playful
Tibetan terriers, bred as companion dogs in ancient monasteries, were once a symbol of good luck. Today, these loving and affectionate pups make for great family pets. 
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, highly territorial, cold weather tolerant, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: black, gray
  • patterns: sable
  • coat length/texture: medium, wiry
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, aloof, protective
Giant schnauzers are loyal, intelligent, and hard-working dogs who are great companions for those willing to train this high-energy breed. Here's hoping you have the time for long walks and playtime in the yard.
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, high prey drive, loves water, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, good hiking companion
  • colors: cream, blue, brown / chocolate / liver
  • patterns: bicolor, liver and tan, blue and tan
  • coat length/texture: medium, curly
  • temperament: gentle, willful, friendly, outgoing, playful
He's small, fluffy, and looks like a lamb, but the Bedlington terrier is all dog—and adaptable enough to join his family in any activity, from hikes to lazy days on the couch.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, prone to health issues, highly territorial, high potential for weight gain, apartment-friendly, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: fawn
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, protective
Mastiffs are loyal, gentle dogs, famous for their extra-large size and propensity for drooling. Learn more about living with mastiffs, one of the oldest dog breeds.
  • breed group: toy
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, requires lots of grooming, apartment-friendly, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: white
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful
While their flowing white locks draw attention, Maltese are especially beloved for their smart, gentle nature. Learn more about living with the Maltese.
  • breed group: herding
  • breed size: large (61-100 lbs.)
  • other traits: easy to train, high prey drive, cold weather tolerant, good hiking companion, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: black, white
  • patterns: bicolor
  • coat length/texture: long
  • temperament: gentle, friendly
The Belgian sheepdog (also called the Belgian shepherd or Groenendael) has a long black coat, confident strut, and craves human attention. A herding dog with lots of brains and even more energy, he thrives in active households.
  • breed group: working
  • breed size: extra large (101 lbs. or more)
  • other traits: easy to train, easy to groom, prone to health issues, highly territorial, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies
  • colors: fawn, black, blue, gray, white
  • patterns: bicolor, brindle, harlequin, merle
  • coat length/texture: short
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, outgoing, playful, protective
Great Danes are enormous, gentle dogs that love spending time with their family, whether on walks or lazing at their elbows. Is this gentle gargantuan dog breed right for you?
  • breed group: terrier
  • breed size: small (0-25 lbs.)
  • other traits: hypoallergenic, easy to train, easy to groom, tolerates being alone, apartment-friendly, cold weather tolerant, good for first-time pet owners, strong loyalty tendencies, good hiking companion
  • colors: red, cream, black, gray, white
  • patterns: brindle
  • coat length/texture: short, wiry
  • temperament: gentle, friendly, willful, playful, anxious
Cairn terriers are loyal, intelligent, and playful little dogs who are just as happy snuggling on our laps as they are accompanying us on hikes. Learn more about cairn terriers’ behaviors and traits here.