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Texas Ten

By Dawn Watson (


   I have been training dogs for a very long time and have worked with many breeds. Listed below are the breeds that I have found to be the easiest and the most difficult to train. (Number 8 is the most difficult and number 1 is the easiest):

8  Rat terrier and miniature pinscher (short attention spans)

7  Yorkshire terrier and Chihuahua  (high levels of anxiety)

6   Xolo and American Hairless terrier (high prey drive)

5  Greyhound (highly sensitive)

4  Cocker spaniel (submissive)

3  Labrador and Golden retriever (high energy and ‘clownish’ behavior

2  Cavalier King Charles spaniel and Poodle (intelligent and easy to train)

1  American bulldog, American Staffordshire terrier and ‘pit’ bull


   You may be surprised to learn that the easiest dogs to train are in the “bully breed” category. These dogs were once known as Nanny Dogs because, when properly trained, they are vigilant guardians of children. Because the bully breeds are eager to please and easily trained, their owners can even train them to fight other dogs. Fighting those of their own kind is not naturally instinctive but cruel individuals teach them to do so, thus earning the breed a very bad reputation.

   Come to Martin’s Lake on Wednesday, July 15 at between 6 & 7:30 PM for our Dog Days Social! Let your dog play with other dogs and learn handling and obedience skills from our apprentices, Rob Smith and Kristin Pensyl! And, if you need a follow-up, private session you will receive a 20% discount! This is a FREE event!

Pictured: Part of the Texas Ten. These dogs were rescued from a puppy mill. The author adopted Cosmo, the second dog from the left, 4 years ago. The dogs are Chinese Crested.

Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson

Owner, Brother of the Wolf, LLC