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What are the most obedient large dog breeds?

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Obedient large dog breeds can make the best companions and, best of all, they’ll listen to their owners – well, most of the time! 

Sometimes, a well-behaved canine is not only the result of excellent training but it’s also thanks to their genes. Some breeds are simply wired with the desire to please.

Let’s take a look at some of the most obedient large dog breeds:

German Shepherd

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This intelligent, loyal, and protective breed will form a close bond with their owners and often become service dogs. German Shepherds have great manners providing they are given puppy training and the opportunity to socialize early on.


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These gentle giants are easy to train and eager to please. Newfoundland’s are affectionate animals, which is why they tend to respond much better to positive reinforcement training and gentle guidance as opposed to strict training regimes.

Great dane

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Great Danes love to make their owners happy. However, due to their size, it’s important to ensure that they have good recall and walk easily on a lead as they can be quite intimidating for both dogs and humans alike. Still this obedient large dog breed are fantastic pets.

Golden retriever

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This obedient large dog breed is a popular family pet, Golden Retrievers are intelligent, patient, and very eager to please. According to canine psychologist Stanley Coren, this breed will often obey a first command almost 95% of the time.

Cane Corso

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Cane Corso are an intelligent breed that often take the role of protector very seriously, which is probably why their name roughly translates as ‘bodyguard dog’. However, it’s important to ensure that obedience training is present to stop them from ruling the house.

Border Collie

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Border Collies are known for being intuitive, quick learners, which – combined with their strong work ethic – makes them an extremely loyal and obedient large dog breed. However, to prevent boredom, this breed will need lots of mental enrichment.

Labrador Retriever

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The most popular dog in America, this outgoing breed loves to learn. Also commonly trained as service dogs, Labrador Retrievers love being active, especially if it involves fetching things or going for a swim.

Chloe Petrylak

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