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Top 10 smartest dogs in the world

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The most intelligent dog breeds on earth — where does your pup rank?

Man’s best friend is considered one of the most intelligent animals, right up there with chimpanzees, elephants and even squirrels. But as most dog lovers know, some breeds are noticeably smarter than others. We’ve taken the time to rank the top 10 smartest dog breeds in the world — so you can find out if your furry companion should go to the head of the class.

9. Rottweiler

The most intelligent dog breeds on earth — where does your pup rank?
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Another herding dog, the rottweiler began in Germany as a true work companion. They are still primarily used for work as guard dogs and as police dogs. They are well-known for their stoicism, keen perception, courage and unflagging loyalty. They make excellent additions to the family.

Ready for a surprise? Even at an average of 100 pounds and as much as 27-inches high, these pooches aren't awful at apartment dwelling so long as you keep them well-exercised.

More: 11 Things only Rottweiler owners understand

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