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The 10 Smartest Dogs Breeds Are Some of the Most Popular

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Is your dog one of the smartest breeds in the world?

9. Rottweiler

Is your dog one of the smartest breeds in the world?
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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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