Top in the Class: The 10 Smartest Dog Breeds in the World

Posted by Katherine Ripley
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If you want an intelligent companion, get one of these breeds.

Dogs are about as smart as the average two-year-old, but there is a range of intelligence across different breeds.

Here are the 10 smartest dog breeds:

1. Border Collie

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Corinne Benavides/Flickr

Border collies are so smart that they need to have a job to keep them occupied. They make excellent herding dogs, and as family pets they are happy to help around the house.

2. Poodle

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drburtoni/Flickr

Poodles are usually associated with canine fashion, but they are also highly intelligent. They were originally bred for bird hunting and water retrieving, and have been trained to bring supplies to soldiers wounded in battle.

3. German Shepherd

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Ronoli/Flickr

German Shepherds make great police, military, and security dogs. They’re trained to sniff out bombs, drugs, and people, and they’re extremely loyal to and protective of their masters.

4. Golden Retriever

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danibelle2906/Flickr

Golden Retrievers make fantastic family pets, and their intelligence makes them well-suited to be service dogs.

5. Doberman Pinscher

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The Doberman Pinscher was originally bred to be a guardian by a tax collector who wanted protection while making his rounds. Dobermans also make great police and military dogs.

6. Shetland Sheepdog

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SheltieBoy/Flickr

Herding dogs like the Sheltie tend to be highly intelligent. They make great family pets and can be easily trained to perform in agility competitions.

7. Labrador Retriever

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Friendly and intelligent, Labs have been the most popular breed in the U.S. for two decades. Labs are great hunting dogs, and they are also frequently used for water rescue, as therapy dogs, and as assistance dogs, such as seeing eye dogs.

8. Papillon

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Furbychan/Flickr

At only 11 inches high, the Papillon is the smartest of the toy dog breeds. They’re highly active and highly trainable little dogs.

9. Rottweiler

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Rottweilers can get a bad reputation, but they are actually very affectionate when they are raised with love. They are extremely loyal to their families and don’t hesitate to defend them.

10. Bloodhound

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The bloodhound is known for its powerful sense of smell. They can be easily trained to help the police find fugitives or missing persons.

It’s only when these smart dogs start outsmarting their owners does trouble ensue.

What breed do you have?

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Top in the Class: The 10 Smartest Dog Breeds in the World