Smartest Dog Breeds

Experienced dog owners will concur that some breeds are easier to train than others. The friendliest dog in the world may prove to have a short memory or lazy tendencies. Though this has little bearing on whether or not the dog has an amiable or pleasant temperament, it is important to bear in mind that if obedience and quick responses are what you are looking for, it would be wise to choose one of the more intelligent breeds. Each clever canine may excel in a specific area, or be geared to more specific tasks. For example, Border Collies are hard working herders with sharp instincts; Poodles are skilled at retrieving objects out of the water, Labrador Retrievers aim to please and obey their masters, Rottweilers thrive with almost any command or task, and German Shepherds are the first choice for military, guard and law-enforcement dogs. If sufficient time and effort in training are allotted to these pets, the payoff is undeniable.

Below is a list of dogs with the highest ranking intelligence. They have been ranked in order of breeds who obeyed nearly 95% of first commands, including those who showed fastest comprehension of unfamiliar commands.

  1. Border Collie
  2. Poodle (regular, not miniature or toy)
  3. German Shepherd
  4. Golden Retriever
  5. Doberman Pinscher
  6. Shetland Sheepdog
  7. Labrador Retriever
  8. Rottweiler
  9. Australian Shepherd

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