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Five of the Most Confident Dog Breeds

german shepherd puppy confident blogNo two dogs have the same temperament. Some are sweet and shy, while others are outgoing and have no doubts that they’re top dog. If you’re looking for a particularly confident canine companion, below are five breeds that might make a good match:

1.) Rottweiler: Rotties are not only known for their intelligence and work ethic, they’re also extremely confident. Given proper training and a loving family, these self-assured dogs can thrive as loyal companions.

2.) Jack Russell Terrier: These dogs are ultra-smart and excel at agility and other activities. They know they’re good at their jobs (whether it be running, digging, or chasing) and aren’t afraid to show off.

3.) Labrador Retriever: Labs are known for having an air of calm confidence about them. They’re also playful and make wonderful family pets.

4.) Poodle: It’s not uncommon for poodles to make themselves at home wherever they may be. They’re typically smart, happy, and confident enough to not stress out in unfamiliar situations.

5.) German Shepherd: German Shepherds are naturally good at so many things including police and military work. With this kind of intelligence, strength, and determination, who wouldn’t be confident?

Of course, there are dogs of all breeds and temperaments in shelters and rescues across the country, so don’t dismiss adoption when searching for your next canine best friend.

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{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Shelley September 30, 2014, 9:48 am

    Stray away from these popular dogs. If I had to pick a list, I would choose:

    1) Afghan Hound
    2) Great Pyrenees
    3) Pomeranian
    4) English Bulldog
    5) Irish Wolfhound

    Calm, stubborn breeds are confident breeds. Energetic, neurotic learners are not.

    • Zhinka September 30, 2014, 2:53 pm

      What is wrong with wolfhounds and english bulldogs and Great Pyrenees?
      I have owned 3 of each, never had any problems training a bulldog, wolfhounds are loyal sensitive dogs, awesome with kids and great with other people
      ANd the Pyrenees, omg never met a breed that is easier to train, more loyal to its flock or more trustworthy with kids.
      Perhaps you just do not know how to train a dog?

  • Margaret Scarcille September 30, 2014, 10:06 am

    You forgot the Boston Terriers!! I have had three Boston rescues and each one was highly intelligent, extremely easy to train (or retrain),
    loving, obedient. They become an extension of their master and will
    not leave his/her side.

  • Pam Green October 1, 2014, 10:48 am

    Rotties were cattle herders and also prevented the human herdsman from being robbed. Other cattle herding breeds also tend to be highly self-confident and assertive. eg Giant Schnauzer, Bouvier, Australian Cattle Dog (aka Queensland Heeler). Most of the terriers are extremely self-condfident, as that’s what it takes to go down the hole into a “varmint’s” lair to do battle.

    Now I adore self confident and assertive dogs , but they require owner/handler who is also highly self-confident and calmly assertive, ie a credible pack-leader. If the dog is also more intelligent than average, the person also must be. You’ve got to keep mentally ahead of the dog ! These dogs also need more mental exercise than most and many need more physical exercise too. There’s plenty of other breeds who need a lot of exercise too. “a tired dog is a good dog.”

  • Pam Green October 1, 2014, 10:56 am

    The 5 breeds mentioned at beginning of this blog have all had the misfortune to have been ovrly popular or populariazed in the past or currently. That leads to oppertunistic breeding by people who have not done their homework and who usually care only about making some fast money. This leads to a lot of poorly bred dogs who don’t live up to the temperament and behavior qualities that should characterize the breed and that are still present in dogs bred by highly knowledgeable and dedicated breeders. So be very careful about judging the individual adult dog and very careful about who you would buy a puppy from. You really need to be very thoughtful about temperament and behavior in any dog of any breed or mixture. Matching the dog’s behavioral and tempermental and personality qualities to your own and to your lifestyle (including your likely lifestyle for next 10 to 15 years) is what will make life together heaven or hell. If you don’t have enough experience to trust your own judgement, get help from someone who does have that ability when you go to a shelter or to a breeder’s home. Getting a dog is a more important choice than getting married . really : your human spouse “got along without you before he/she met you, gonna get along without you now”.

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