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    Top five most biddable breeds?

    Just like the title says. In your opinion, what do you think the top 5 most biddable dog breeds in existence are. If you'd like to do top 10, have at it!

    I'm really interested to see what peoples opinions are.... I here the phrase "one of the most biddable breeds" about a multitude of breeds, and I always wonder what the true top 5 are.

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    Re: Top five most biddable breeds?

    Most of the herding and working breeds and some of the sporting breeds. just can't make a list.

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    Re: Top five most biddable breeds?

    Quote Originally Posted by Keechak View Post
    Most of the herding and working breeds and some of the sporting breeds. just can't make a list.
    Pretty general, but I guess technically accurate!

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    Re: Top five most biddable breeds?

    That requires a lot of context to me. Even dogs like Elkhounds and Huskies/Malamutes are easily biddable when they are doing the job they are bred for, and would excel at it more than breeds that are not.

    But if you're looking for what the general population considers "biddable", i.e. a dog that is highly attached to it's owner... I would say it's:

    German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, Border Collie, Labrador Retriever in no particular order. Those are mostly the first to come to mind, but for most breeds, it's a matter of relativity. There's probably 30 breeds at the top end where the differences in their "biddability" is almost unnoticeable.

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    Re: Top five most biddable breeds?

    a little anicdotal tid bit, My aussies have learned and LOVED to do anything I want them to do. I have just this week taught Hawkeye how to open drawers, I don't know if that was a good idea, but He learned it in only a day.

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    Re: Top five most biddable breeds?

    Hmmmm, I would think:

    Golden Retriever
    Lab
    Border Collie
    Sheltie
    Doberman
    Australian Shepherd
    Papillon
    Poodle (all sizes)

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    Re: Top five most biddable breeds?

    Quote Originally Posted by trumpetjock View Post
    Just like the title says. In your opinion, what do you think the top 5 most biddable dog breeds in existence are. If you'd like to do top 10, have at it!

    I'm really interested to see what peoples opinions are.... I here the phrase "one of the most biddable breeds" about a multitude of breeds, and I always wonder what the true top 5 are.
    That's a hard one. The different lines in said breeds are so complex it would be impossible to define "top biddable breeds" Certain lines of golden retrievers for example have IME been much more biddable than other lines, the same could be said of any breed that has a variety of lineage. If you get into breed splits (ESS, GSDs, Goldens, etc), that could get very hairy (no pun intended).

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    Re: Top five most biddable breeds?

    I would say in no particular order.. australian shepherd, german shepherd australian cattledog, border collie.. well really any herding breed plus poodles, papillons, goldens and then most of the working breeds

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    Re: Top five most biddable breeds?

    I agree that most of the herding group dogs would fit, along with goldens and labs.

    I think that you just have to find the right motivator for MOST dogs.

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    Re: Top five most biddable breeds?

    Probably BCs, GSD, Dobes, Papillons, poodles, labs, goldens, rotties.

    Here's the link to the intelligence of dogs ranking. It was an experiment done by testing how many repetitions it took for a dog to learn a certain trick or command and then testing the percentage of time they obeyed it.

    http://petrix.com/dogint/1-10.html

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    Re: Top five most biddable breeds?

    Well if you go by the traditional 'working intelligence' lists

    Border Collies
    Poodles
    German Shepherds
    Labradors
    Golden Retrievers
    Shelties
    Papillons

    and a few others that are escaping me all rank very highly.

    ETA: If you wnat to go by me personally, I've had a lot of the listed breeds and I find papillons to be the easiest to teach things to. Much easier than my shelties and my lab. However my GSD was also a very bright, eager to learn dog.
    Mia CGC (9 year old papillon)
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    Re: Top five most biddable breeds?

    TJ why dont you give us YOUR definition of "biddable"

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    Re: Top five most biddable breeds?

    I should add though that Nard is very NOT biddable. Nard doesn't give a darn what you think he should be doing.
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    Re: Top five most biddable breeds?

    Quote Originally Posted by zimandtakandgrrandmimi View Post
    TJ why dont you give us YOUR definition of "biddable"
    Biddability to me is, simply put, willingness to please. In that respect RBark is probably right that all breeds are extremely biddable when doing the task they were bred for. It just happens that some breeds were bred to do tasks more in line with what we commonly expect from dogs. It was actually a very good response, as it made me think of biddability in a very different light than I have before.

    I know for a fact that while tracking, Rocky will snap to commands instantly that he wouldn't even dream of doing when we're just hanging out in the yard. I have to think on that!

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    Re: Top five most biddable breeds?

    Golden Retriever
    Labrador Retriever
    Sheltie
    Poodle
    German Shepherd dog


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    Re: Top five most biddable breeds?

    Labs
    Goldens
    Australian Shepherds
    Rough Collies (never been around too many smooths)
    APBT (I find them very biddable)

    There are a bunch of others that could make the list.

    I noticed someone listed Australian Cattle Dog and someone listed Belgian Malinois.
    I have owned a couple of ACDs and been around a BUNCH of them. They are smart, learn fast and drivey. Some are more more eager to please than others. And most will follow direction well with the right handler. But I have never met one I would call Biddable.

    Same for Bel Mals.
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    Re: Top five most biddable breeds?

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyBandit View Post
    I have owned a couple of ACDs and been around a BUNCH of them. They are smart, learn fast and drivey. Some are more more eager to please than others. And most will follow direction well with the right handler. But I have never met one I would call Biddable.

    Same for Bel Mals.
    I was surprised to find both of those on this list too. Mostly ACD though.

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    Re: Top five most biddable breeds?

    ok so for that definition

    APBT(generally unless they are brindled, bat eared and imperious bitches who like to steal my pillow. :P)

    actually basically most of the bully breeds. that's sort of a general bully quality. its why they are my favorite type of dog. they combine it with being mule headed once they get going but they really do want to do nothing more than make you happy.

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    Re: Top five most biddable breeds?

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    Re: Top five most biddable breeds?

    Oh yeah, I agree about the APBT even the Brindle, bat eared females. I wasn't thinking of them for some reason but they are without a doubt some of the easiest dogs I have worked with. They really seem to want to work with their person and they are not even fussy about who their person is. lol Coming from a shelter/rescue background here.


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