We always lift dogs to the most coveted position as “Man’s best friend.” We trust them with just about everything in our lives; from our safety, the stuff in our homes, and even our children, so it makes sense that we would want our best friend to be as super-smart as possible. These are ten of the smartest dog breeds in the world. No, their political banter isn’t the best, but isn’t that a good thing?
Dog intelligence, much like humans, is measured in a variety of different forms. Some dogs are easier to train than others, while other dogs tend to retain the information given to them by their masters for much longer. Neuropsychologist Stanley Coren, PhD is in many ways the definitive voice on dog intelligence. The research for his book “The Intelligence of Dogs,” stands out and is a fantastic guide to finding the smartest of our four-footed friends.
So let’s chew into the 10 smartest dog breeds in the world!
10.From the land-down-under comes our first dog, the bright and ever-ready Australian Cattle Dog.
Anyone who has encountered an Australian Cattle dog instantly knows how energetic this breed is. It’s impossible to discount the amount of tasks these dogs were originally bred for; including but not limited to herding cattle, guarding homesteads and even helping rear and heard children! However, their intense independence can make it hard to train them for someone whom they don’t respect or view as their “owner.”
9.Rottweilers fall next on our list.
A large breed of dog filled with power and extremely versatile, the Rottweiler has one of the most unfair portrays in our media today. Smart and fast learners they are suited for doing an array of tasks including being fantastic dogs for therapy as well as police work, and herding.
8.While the first two breeds on our list may not fit into your studio apartment, the Papillon is perfect for tight space living! Energetic, always seeking affection and happy this small breed of dog is very happy learning new tricks and showing off to your friends everywhere!
7.Labrador Retrievers are a favorite in the service industry for their calm and even tempers.
They are easily trainable, and love to work with people! They are the most owned breed of dog among registered owners in several countries around the world. Labs vary from the yellow to the chocolate and black lab coat colors and all have around the same temperament.
6.“Shelties” or Shetland Sheepdogs are wonderful companion dogs.
Ranging from small to medium in size, these dogs are long haired and exceptionally smart. Shelties were originally called “Rough Collies” before their names were changed to the Shetland Sheepdog referring to the dogs used on the Shetland Isles for herding sheep. Always eager to please, Shelties make great companions.
5.Doberman Pinschers are smart and athletic dogs.
They excel as guard dogs and are on number five of the Stanley Coren list of most intelligent dogs. However, a study in 1985 by Hart and Hart had Dobermans ranked number one in intelligence due to their ability to problem solve and react to situations. The quick reactions of the Doberman breed make them excellent police dogs.
4.Another fantastic guide and assistant dog is the Golden Retriever.
These dogs are always eager to please their owners and are often used in search-and-rescue operations. Bred originally as a hunting dog, they owe their name “retriever” from their ability to retrieve downed game, returning it to their owners unharmed. They are loyal but are generally friendly towards people not familiar to them as well as their owners.
3.The second most popular dog breed in the United States, the German Shepherd is also the world’s leading guard, police and military dog.
They are able to learn and interpret commands and tasks better than many other large breeds of dogs and are amazingly loyal dogs. Like many other large breeds, German Shepherds were originally bred for herding, but their train-ability and friendliness towards people pushed them into the hearts and homes of people around the world.
2.PoodleAgile, obedient and great trackers Poodles are exceptionally smart dogs.
A German breed originally used for retrieving objects from the water Poodles are very train-able and excel at performing tricks. Poodles are very active and can get bored easily. The constant need to be active can sometimes get them into trouble while they look for anything to keep them entertained.
1.Border Collies are the workaholic of the dog world. They were bred as the world’s best sheepherders.
They are exceptionally intelligent and obedient, and are top competitors in many dog athletic events. Border Collies require copious amounts of physical exercise and mental stimulation daily. Their intelligence leads them to develop neurotic behaviors in households that cannot keep them mentally stimulated. However, their amazing loyalty and obedience coupled with their ability to learn make them great companions for anyone looking for a wonderful pet!