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Top 5 Most Intelligent Dog Breeds

It is a passion for many of us to own a dog as a pet. How about owning a dog that is intelligent or smart or easy to train? Take a look at the most intelligent dogs or smartest dogs. These dog breeds or breeds of dogs were guaged on various parameters and the list include border collie, poodle, german shepherd, golden retriever, doberman pinscher.

Majority of us love dogs and we have a belief that our dog is the smartest or the intelligent among all the dogs in the world. Do you wish to know whether your dog is intelligent? Are you planning to buy a dog that is smart? Here is the list of top 5 most intelligent or smartest dog breeds.

Stanley Coren is a psychology professor at the University of British Columbia. He surveyed various dog trainers and came out with the list of dog breeds that are most intelligent or smart, excellent working dogs, above average working dogs, average working/obedience intelligence, fair working/obedience intelligence, and lowest degree of working/obedience intelligence. The standards of intelligence of these dogs were evaluated on the basis of the following two parameters:

a. Understanding new commands

b. Obeying the first command

Intelligent or the smartest dog breeds understands new commands in less than 5 repetitions and obeys first command 95% of the time or even better than that. These are the top 5 brightest dog breeds.

1. Border Collie:

Border Collie tops the list of most intelligent or smartest breed of dog. These dogs are very energetic, intelligent, alert acrobatic, responsive and athletic. Border collie is also called as the most workaholic dog in the entire breeds of dogs. These breed of dogs require more than just a morning walk. These breed of dogs mingle well with people, but a little aloof when comes to strangers. Border Collies are considered to be excellent companions. If you wish to keep a Border Collie as your pet, ensure you are energetic to cope up with the energy levels of this breed of dog.

2. Poodle:

Poodle is the second most intelligent breed of dog. Do you think beauty and brains don’t go together? If yes, poodle will make you change this opinion. Poodles are not only good looking but are also one among the top ten smart and brightest dogs. Poodles come in three different varieties; toy, miniature and standard. These dogs are skillful in various dog sports. These dogs are elegant, active, athletic, well proportioned and intelligent dogs. They are very creative about finding mischief. It is very easy to train a poodle to do astonishing tricks. They require daily exercise.

3. German Shepherd:

The next dog in the list of most intelligent dog breeds is German Shepherd. German Shepherd is also called as the Alsatian and is also hailed as the police dog. The origin of this dog dates back to 1899. Captain Max Von Stephanitz plays a crucial role to the origin of German Shepherd dogs. These dogs are full of energy and also fun loving. These breed of dogs are very approachable and are fearless and strong. They are eager to learn a lot of new things and are very enthusiastic. Even though these dogs are very approachable, they don’t make friends with strangers immediately; it takes a little time to get used to strangers. They are very intelligent and highly obedient.

4. Golden Retriever:

These are one of the most popular breed of dogs in the United States and takes the fourth spot among the most intelligent or the brightest breeds of dogs. The intelligence of this dog suits it to take a variety of roles like being a guide to the visually-challenged people, hearing dog for those who are hard of hearing, hunting dog, etc. Their origin dates back to 1800s in the Scottish Highlands. Choose this dog breed as your pet only if you are ready to provide daily exercises. The outer coat of Golden Retriever is water repellant and therefore used to rescue birds or animals from water; this coating requires regular brushing as they shed seasonally. They also acts as surrogate mothers for other species.

New born Golden Retriever pups:

5. Doberman Pinscher:

These dogs takes the fifth spot among the most intelligent dogs and are generally domestic dogs. They were developed by Karl Friedrich Louis Doberman in the 1890s; you should have now guessed why these dogs are called so. These dogs are energetic and lively. If trained properly, these dogs make a great companion. It is very easy to train a Doberman Pinscher. These dogs do not require much grooming but when it comes to exercises they require their daily dose of exercises. This breed of god is very loyal and “Respect and Protect” their owners. 

Keep a tab on this page for more parts detailing working dog breeds, less smart dog breeds, etc.

All images via wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia,

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Comments (7)

good info... thanks

Ranked #5 in Dogs

impressive dogs,,,

Charming animals. I now understand more about each of them. Thank you.

Good to know, and I love golden retriever! voted


"Are you planning to buy a dog that is smart?"

No, I would never buy a dog. I would adopt a dog. Good dogs die when you breed or buy, shelter adoption saves a life.


"Are you planning to buy a dog that is smart?"

No, I would never buy a dog. I would adopt a dog. Good dogs die when you breed or buy, shelter adoption saves a life.

Wonderful article! Thank you.