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Top 10 smartest dogs in the world

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Smartest dogs on earth

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.

And the No. 1 smartest dog breed in the world is...

1. Border collie

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Because of their extraordinary intelligence and high energy, it is essential to give border collies an occupation or purpose, or you may well find your home wrecked upon your return from a long day at work. They have an intense connection with humans, making border collies ideal work and home companions.

However, keep this in mind: Border collies invariably will not do well unless they are with people who are as high energy as they are. They do best with humans who can participate in dog sports with them. Also, because of their background as herding dogs, they may be frustrated by small children, as their inability to herd the children as they deem fit is confounding for them. For the right human, the border collie is well behaved, exceptionally good at learning and a true-blue companion.

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