Smart Dogs

Do you think your dog is in the top 10th percentile of its species? Should you start filling out that Mensa application for your fido? Take a peek at our list to see if your dog's breed is one of the top 10 smartest dog breeds in the world.

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Golden Retriever

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Golden Retriever

A very affectionate and popular breed, the Golden Retriever is highly regarded for its intelligence. They can learn well over 200 commands, making them indispensable companions, both in the home and in the workplace. Loyal, loving, and patient, with a willingness to please and a love of learning, this is a fabulous companion pet to bring into your family.

German Shepherd

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German Shepherd

The Shepherd was originally bred specifically for intelligence. Smart, courageous, and protective, the Shepherd is one of the most dependable of companions. They learn tasks after only a few repetitions, and obey first commands nearly always the first time it is given. They are eager to learn new tasks, as this gives them direction and purpose -- very important for a Shepherd. Besides being used for herding animals, they are often used as guard dogs, police dogs, search-and-rescue dogs, and have even been trained by the military for parachute jumps.

Poodle

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Poodle

Easily trainable, steadfast, and sharp-minded, Poodles flourish in human company. Even with the frou-frou hairdos, Poodles are sometimes made to endure and can be quite effective as guard dogs, especially the standard sized Poodles. In fact, the "poodle clip," was created specifically for the working Poodle, so that it could swim more effectively, while still having fur to protect its organs as it went about the business of hunting and retrieving. The Poodle excels at training and obedience, and also loves creative play time. This is what made them so popular as circus performers. But, this can be a drawback as well. If left alone to boredom, Poodles can be creative about finding ways to amuse themselves, sometimes finding trouble along the way.

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Karen April 06, 2014 | 3:35 PM

I have owned many of these breeds on this list, but I have to say I believe the Rat Terrier to be the smartest breed I've ever owned. Also the most loving. I don't think I could ever own another breed of dog, I've been spoiled and it's only the Rat Terrier for me from now on.

Bev March 31, 2014 | 4:33 AM

Thoroughly enjoyed reading. Don't mean to contradict, but the Labrador Retriever is a member of the Sporting Group, not the Working Groupl

Shakey March 29, 2014 | 10:47 PM

The dogs on this list are very smart dogs but some are left out, I was told by a Police dog handler German Sheppards are used because they don't think when given a command, Dobermans are thinkers & too smart for police work which is the reason why they are not used much these days, I have been around both breeds most of my life & the Doberman beats the German Sheppard hands down but need a strong handler/trainer, I'm supprised the German Shepperd made it in the top 10,don't get me wrong, they are still one of the best all round breeds.

Jillian Telan March 29, 2014 | 9:33 PM

Wow ten smart dogs we have many kinds of dogs listed at the top ten. :) I love those dogs listed even those that is not listed I am a dog lover. I used to have 109 now they are 12, we cried a lot even if they died we still have a strong strong strong knowings that they are in peace now. So who ever lost a dog you should know they are in peace in heaven. :)

Marloes March 27, 2014 | 3:34 PM

Are those the most inteligent dogs? or just the dogs with the most will-to-please? Let's take the siberian husky, they are very intelligent. Why they are not in this list? Simple: they won't work for you! They want to work with you, they are smart enough to say: i'm not doing it alone, you must help. They are famous for being houdinies, they break out, open a fridge with ease if they like and can survive in the wild alone(don't see a border collie doing that, they are not made to kill their own food)

Leah Langill March 19, 2014 | 3:44 PM

Just saying you should have some mutts and mongrels also mutts because I have a pitbull bull mastiff mix abd she is soooooo intelagent when I say bedroom she goes right to my room and she does that with every other room too so I think you should have a pitbull bullmastiff or a mixed breed.I also have seen smarter dogs then whats on this list.You might even be able to start from a higher number like 20 or 15. You should also do toughest most devoted to there owner dogs and other stuff. So that is all I have to say or more like write

stubb March 19, 2014 | 5:59 AM

Like towney said mutts can be smater I have a kelpie-x-jack Russell he often knows what Im going to do before I do smater then my sisters sheltie

Suzy February 16, 2014 | 12:55 PM

Did you all copy from the entry in Wikipedia which is based on one book? Look at the American Kennel Club for a bit of variety from the other 200,000 websites that copied the wikipedia entry (without acknowledgement).

Sam February 12, 2014 | 6:08 PM

Just a couple of stories about Border Collies for your readers. This is why I agree that Border Collies are the smartest dogs in the world. When I was a child I had a female Border Collie named Pam. One day my mother was taking laundry into the laundry room on the way she dropped a sock in the living room floor . Pam watched were she went she picked the sock up and took it into the laundry room and dropped it in the laundry basket . Pam was very protective of other dogs we had . One dog we had was a mixed breed adorable dog (but not very bright)Shep was his name . When my Dad would leave for work everyday and Shep would run towards the car as my Dad was trying to pull off. Pam would grab him by the collar pull him to the house and would pin him down till my dad was out of sight. Pam died a hero she was killed on the road by saving Shep from getting ran over . she ran into the road pulled Shep to safety . But she was hit by a car keeping him out of the road . Pam was one of the most remarkable dogs that I have ever seen . So yes I completely agree with this article . they got this right

Jonah February 04, 2014 | 3:03 PM

My personal opinion is the German Shepard is the smartest dog breed, this is part of the reason why the police picked this dog instead any of the others. I have had two German Shepard dogs, both of them have been the smartest dogs I know. They were/are, my other one died, very smart, they worked out a system to communicate with us, like when they need to go to the bathroom specifically or like when they need to go outside, when they need food, or when they want to just plain out play. Although the German Shepard is listed high I do believe that it is the smartest dog, it isn't just all bite in that large head of theirs, they are stereotyped for this, they have alot of brain too. Did you also ever notice that the police use them for not just their smell, but their ability to think outside the box while still following a command. Plus I have seen some very unsmart border collies and poodles, I not saying this to be mean, I have seen crazy German Shepherds too, I do think the German Shepard Deserves #1.

Bill Owens January 20, 2014 | 7:50 PM

I have two stories I would like to share with your readers about our Border Collie Nikita , when he was younger we let him stay out in the backyard while the children were in school , on this particular day my son came home , and called into the backyard , the dog came around the corner of the bushes in our yard looked at him and then walked away , usually Nikita he would have come running to greet our son however on this day he didn't , so our son went to investigate , what he found was the dog lying in the grass protecting a baby sparrow which had been pulled out of it's nest by a blackbird. protecting the bird from harm until help arrived. the other story is about the time my wife and I were walking Nikita on a route we travelled often , on the last section of our walk there is a noise barrier along side the railway tracks that runs through our community . well on this day we walked along as per usual until we came about a block from where we would have turned to go and walk along the noise barrier . at this point the dog started to jump up at me which was unusual . so I stopped and petted him and told him to relax and he was fine until we tried to continue and then he started jumping up on me and then the wife . and he didn't stop until I changed direction, so we ended up going back home the way we came . It was an attitude I had never seen in him before or since , however in the local newspaper the next day I read that there was some coyotes spotted walking into the city via the railway tracks where we walked everyday . I can't say for sure that is why our border collie took the stance that he did that day sensing the danger created when he sensed the coyotes presence. However it would explain his unusual behavior protecting us like he did the baby sparrow.

Elaine January 15, 2014 | 12:34 PM

I had a rott he was just a great guy we had unbelievable bond. We had such a great bond that when I had back surgery, he must have known I was hurting. He would not leave my side. and I mean he would not leave my side. And he wanted no one to be around me. Miss him so bad. He did have a jealous side when it came to me. He was my buddy. Don't have a dog now . Just sorta thought I will never have a guy like that again. Rott's get a bad shake I believe It depends on how they are brought up. Thinking about getting another dog looking.

shirley January 05, 2014 | 12:54 PM

We've owned three dachshunds over the past 35 years and they wonderful companions! Good watchdogs and faithful loving friends.

p j mcginnis December 27, 2013 | 9:59 PM

we have had two miniature schnauzers - not at the same time - and they were both much smarter than many, many humans. They not only understood the usual commands....they understood or perhaps could learn just about any word you spoke. So much so, that very often it seemed they wanted to reply. Smart as a whip and quicker to learn than many children. Also best behaved, easily trained, cleanest, little if any \shedding, clean (perhaps more than some people) in all their habits....just unbelievable. I should write a book altho' I am not an expert on dogs or any animals - only know what we experienced and miss so much.

Mitch December 23, 2013 | 7:52 PM

We had a rather intelligent and pretty, yet untrained, Dalmatian (sleek like the ones in "101 Dalmatians")when I was a boy. Once, my mother was alone with the dog at home and the dog came and stood in the doorway as my mother was watching one of her favorite soap opera dramas. My mother said, "What is it, girl?" Of course the dog couldn't say anything, but it turned around and walked towards the kitchen. My mother ignored the dog and resumed watching her favorite soap. A few minutes later the dog was back again staring at her from the doorway. Again my mother asked the dog, "What is it?", and again the dog turned around and walked back out of sight towards the kitchen. My mother told me she ignored the dog (again) and continued watching her soap. The dog came back a 3rd time to its same position in the doorway, but this time my mother completely ignored the dog without saying anything to it and focused on her soap opera (all the while knowing the dog was staring intently at her). The dog walked away again to the kitchen. However, a few moments later it returned yet again, but this time it entered the room with its empty water bowl in its mouth and dropped it at my mother's feet where she sat. My mother told me she was somewhat shocked and got the point that time. The funny thing is is that the dog was completely untrained and was never taught how to communicate like this. It figured out a way to get through to my mother completely on its own. Although this only happened once, it really made us scratch our heads in wonder at the intelligence of animals.

John B. Nicholson III December 23, 2013 | 12:43 AM

In my life, I have owned a collie, two beagles and three golden retrievers. All were/are exceptionally intelligence and loving family members. Then, five years ago at a vet visit with my golden, I was told to go to the local dog pound to see a white standard poodle from a recently closed puppy mill. It was love at first sight. "Roxie" is super-smart. But the amazing thing to me is her uncanny ability to communicate. My relationship with her is ethereal and spiritual unlike any I have ever experienced with all the dogs who have graced my 68 years on earth. My friends have noticed it so it's just not my opinion. Whatever the "top 10 lists" and whatever others may say, this standard poodle that costs me exactly $10.00 has captured my heart and my soul like nothing I have experienced before.

tawney December 20, 2013 | 11:27 AM

Lets just agree all of our dogs are the BEST...lol Iv had several different breeds to Dobies, rotts, Shepards, labs,poms and huskies etc. I will say my Dobie was VERY smart and my Black lab that I have today is even smarter....BUT Iv had several Mutts that BEAT all of the above a good old mutt can be the smartest around.My kids growing up had a shepard/lad/rott mutt type dog and he was so loyal,kind,protective and would act human like and do exactly what you said and obeyed on a dime...SO sometimes the best dogs aren't the typical pure breeds they can just be mutts that are worth millions to a family like our dog Bear RIP big guy we miss you everyday. I believe most all dogs are amazing if you treat them right and love them they will be your biggest fan and will protect you with their lives regardless the breed.

khush October 14, 2013 | 12:43 AM

Labradog retrievers are very cute and famous

AW October 06, 2013 | 9:05 AM

All dogs hold records for unique abilities, dogs are as diverse & individual as the humans they own, or should that be the other way round?....no on second thoughts that is the way it is! as to the most intelligent dog, you can close the case: I OWN HIM !!!!!!!!!!! However, I do realize that I am not alone in these sentiments for one's pet!

Mike September 19, 2013 | 11:31 PM

Poodles in first ten? Do you mean from the end of breeds list? They are stupid just like chow-chow.

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