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Top 10 smartest dog breeds

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For the owner of his dog is always the smartest and most beautiful. However, it cannot be denied that there is difficult to train dog breeds, but there are breeds that love and know how to quickly follow the commands of a person.


  •  As psychologist Stanley Coren wrote in the 90s, dogs have three aspects of intelligence:

  1. adaptive intelligence (the ability to cope with problems independently);
  2. working intelligence (ability to learn);
  3. and instinctive intelligence (that is, the innate talent to perform certain tasks).

  •  In his book Dog Intelligence, Coren showed the results of a long-term study that included a survey of 199 judges from the American and Canadian Kennel Clubs about the trainability of 100 different breeds. According to him, the answers to the question of which dogs are the smartest in the world were remarkably consistent. However, many judges stated that there are exceptions in every breed.

Here smartest dogs, which typically learn a new command in less than five seconds and obey the master at least 95% of the time.

10 Australian Cattle Dog

Australian cattle dogIt is a completely human-focused and driven dog breed that is very attached to its owner. Like most of the other smartest dog breeds in the top 10, the Australian Cattle Dog (aka the Australian Heeler) is happy when it's busy. And if the dog is bored, rest assured, he will find something to do on his own, but you may not like it. Bored Australians often engage in destructive behavior such as chasing cats. Such a pet is categorically not suitable for a sedentary or lazy owner.

9. Rottweiler

RottweilerMuscular Rottweilers are famous for their meek disposition in the family, as well as the strength and courage in protecting "their people". Careful training and socialization is an absolute must for Rottweiler puppies so that in adulthood the dog does not become a source of problems for the owner and others.

8. Papillon

PapillonAlthough the Papillon is one of the most beautiful dogs in the world he is more than a "sofa pet". In fact, the Papillon is one of the smartest toy dog breeds in the world. These animals are friendly and very active. For a while, the papillon can sit quietly on the owner's lap, but soon he will go in search of something interesting.

  •  Like many small dogs, Papillons are a bit stubborn. However, if you can make learning interesting (for example, offer your dog a tasty reward), your pet will learn very quickly and willingly. Teach this cute little dog lots of fun tricks and you'll amaze your friends.

7. Labrador retriever

Labrador retrieverIn addition to its good hunting qualities, the Labrador Retriever is an excellent swimmer and is also used as a rescue dog. Representatives of this breed are often trained to be guides to blind people.

  •  The Labrador Retriever is an active, playful and deeply human breed. These dogs love to learn and can be trained to do just about anything.

  •  Without a lot of exercise and mental stimulation, Labrador Retrievers can get bored and misbehave, especially in their younger years. They are also prone to gaining excess weight. However, with proper care, this breed is ideal for a beginner dog owner and for families with small children.

6. Sheltie

SheltieThe Shetland Sheepdog is smarter than it looks. This is an extremely friendly dog, always willing to learn and please the owner. Shelties immediately and forever become attached to their owner and even adjust to his mood.

5. Doberman Pinscher

Doberman PinscherInitially, this obedient and hardworking breed was bred by the German Louis Dobermann, who served in the tax police. He needed a companion dog that could effectively protect both the owner and his property. Modern Dobermans are much less aggressive than their ancestors and, with the right training, will make great family dogs. However, Dobermans need constant training, as well as training, walks and other activities that will keep them mentally and physically occupied.

4. Golden Retriever

Golden retrieverThis is one of the most popular dog breeds on the list and one of the smartest dogs in the world. Like its relative the Labrador Retriever, the Golden Retriever can learn to do just about anything in no time. His intelligence and love for people makes this breed one of the best to work as a companion dog.

3. German Shepherd

German ShepherdThe well-known German Shepherd opens the top 3 smartest dog breeds. She is famous for her beautiful appearance, high intelligence and energy. German Shepherds can be successfully used in almost any field: from guarding objects and searching for drugs and explosives to serving at the border and protecting a child on a walk.

  •  These dogs can learn most activities in just a few steps. Once trained, the German Shepherd will enthusiastically and diligently do what you ask, and then look forward to the next task to complete.

2. Poodle

PoodleDepending on the size of the poodles are large, small, dwarf and toy poodles. But they are all equally smart and have excellent learning abilities. The poodle was bred as a hunting dog and continues to be a diligent helper and faithful companion of man. You can easily teach a poodle to balance on a ball, jump through a hoop, or do a whole host of other things.

1. Border Collie

The border collie is the smartest dog in the worldPerhaps this is the smartest of all dogs. If most of the dogs on our list have the intelligence of a two-year-old, then a border collie can be as intelligent as a four-year-old.

  •  Extremely energetic, obedient and hardworking, Border Collies are always ready to learn something new (like the Australian Heeler). And if you don't keep a member of this breed in a constant tone, he will find his own way to have fun.

know5qiw5Border collies can do just about any job a human can offer. But most of all, these dogs love work that gets them moving and using their brains at the same time.

Keep in mind that purebredness is not the only condition for a dog to have intelligence. There are many very intelligent mixed breed dogs. There are also many dogs that are more or less intelligent than their breed's reputation suggests. Often A dog's intelligence is determined by how you interact with it.. Dogs learn best when they are motivated to receive rewards or shed excess energy.

  •  The best way to develop your dog's intelligence is to keep him mentally and physically fit. Walk with her, play fun games, patiently and without physical impact, learn the execution of various commands and your pet will be the smartest dog in the world.