10 Smartest Dog Breeds

All dogs can learn basic commands like sitting, staying and fetching, but it is going to take patience and time to teach them. However, some dogs are smarter than average and need only five or less repetitions to learn a new trick. They are so intelligent that they often have special tasks such as helping people with disabilities or assisting the police.

This ranking comes from The Intelligence of Dogs, a book written by the professor of Canine Psychology, Stanley Coren. He studied more than 100 breeds to determine their responses to certain tasks.

10) Australian Cattle Dog

australian cattle dog

They were initially bred to handle herds of cattle on expansive ranches in Australia. They’re very smart, sturdy, alert, loyal and affectionate. They have a life expectancy of 13-15 years.

9) Rottweiler

rottweiler

This breed is originally from Germany. They are often used as search and rescue dogs, and as guard dogs and police dogs. Rottweilers live for 8-10 years on average.

8) Papillon

papillon

This French breed is very affectionate, active, agile and playful. Their average lifespan is 12-15 years. They have this name because their ears resemble the outspread wings of a butterfly (papillon means butterfly in French).

7) Labrador Retriever

labrador

According to the AKC’s list, they are America’s favorite breed. Labradors are very intelligent, friendly, affectionate and energetic. They are also great companions and often used as assistance dogs.

6) Shetland sheepdog

sherland sheepdog

Shetland sheepdog is a Scotish dog breed. They’re very friendly, loyal, sensitive, obedient and energetic. They look like the Collie, and only have some minor differences. These pups love people and are well-behaved with children, making great family dogs.

5) Doberman pinscher

dobreman pinscher

They’re very elegant, athletic, sleek, powerful and intelligent. Doberman pinchers have a life expectancy of 10-12 years. These dogs are originally from Germany and were used in the U.S. Marine Corps in their war dogs program.

4) Golden retriever

golden retriever

Golden retrievers are known for their great sense of smell and are often used on search and rescue teams. They are great therapy dogs because they’re extremely affectionate and loving. These pooches live for 10 to 12 years on average.

3) German shepherd

German Shepherd

German shepherds are originally from (surprise, surprise) Germany. They’re very intelligent. These dogs assist people with disabilities, and they also do search-and-rescue and police work.

2) Poodle

poodle

Poodles are very smart, loyal, energetic, alert and instinctual. There are three sizes of this breed: Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle, and Toy Poodle. Their average lifespan is 12-15 years.

1) Border collie

border collie

The border collies are from Britain and are known as the smartest dog breed. They are extremely smart, affectionate, energetic, acrobatic and athletic. These dogs can learn a new trick in under five seconds.

 

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