Easiest Dog Breeds to Housebreak

There is a substantial difference between the trainability of a dog and how easy they are to housebreak. Highly trainable dogs are usually intelligent, eager to please you and not too independent in character. Some breeds may be very independent, even stubborn in character, and still be very clean. Some breeds, especially those that have kept close to the primitive dog, will be clean almost instinctively without too much training involved.

Small and toy dog breeds are generally more difficult to housebreak.  Northern dog breeds (including the native Japanese dog breeds) are exceptionally ('cat-like') clean. Not only do they clean themselves very regularly, but they also tend to keep what they consider their den very clean. In the wild dogs will never relieve themselves in their dens. Their instinct is to keep their den clean and dry. One of the reasons for this is that they have to keep predators (who would be attracted by the odors) away from their retreat. All dog breeds that have kept close to the primitive dog will display a similar behavior. Toy dogs are genetically furthest away from the primitive dog. Due to their small size, they also tend to have difficulties to consider an entire house as their den. Crate training or confinement within a single room during the housebreaking period can help triggering the 'clean den' instinct.

All dogs will be housebroken at some point; the time it takes to get there may just vary quite a lot. With some breeds, such as the Pug, it can take up to one year.


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