The Top World 10 Smartest Dog Breeds

The Top 10 Smartest Dog Breeds

The smartest dog breeds might surprise you. These top ten canine Einsteins all share two qualities: the ability to quickly learn new commands, and the obedience to perform them 95% of the time or better. While not every dog fits on this list, recent research, such as that by Dr. Brian Hare, shows that most dogs are much smarter than we ever knew.

  1. Border collie
  2. Poodle
  3. German shepherd
  4. Golden retriever
  5. Doberman pinscher
  6. Shetland sheepdog
  7. Labrador retriever
  8. Papillon
  9. Rottweiler
  10. Australian cattle dog

10. Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dog Breed

There’s a reason that people are devoted to this breed! These beautiful dogs are a unique crossbreed of blue merle shepherds imported from England and the native Australian dingo. High energy and hard-working, these smart dogs thrive in an active home doing intensive sports like agility, rally obedience, herding trials, and flyball.

9. Rottweiler

Rottweiler Top 10 Smartest Dog Breeds

ROTTWEILER (FLICKR/OVER Z RAIN)

Ancient Roman cattle herders, cart pullers, and guardians, rottweilers are renowned for gentleness with family and friends, and strength and bravery in defending them. Thorough training and socialization is an absolute must for puppies to mature into solid canine citizens.

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