Top Ten Smartest Animals


The Top Ten

1 Human Human Humans are not exactly wild animals, but not domesticated, either. Proven to be the most intelligent species of animals on Earth. Humans' colours vary from almost pepper black to milky white. Builders of the global civilization.

People try to say that we have so many problems therefore we aren't's smart. Not true at all. We are evil. We are manipulative. We are destroying this world.
But if you look at it, the reason we have the ability to do this is because we are smart. There is no denying that. If we weren't smart, we wouldn't be the dominant species on earth. We wouldn't have made so many scientific discoveries, developed so many weapons, and eliminated so many species and ecosystems.
I agree that we have many problems and act stupid in places. But we are smart. A lot of us just use our intelligence in crooked ways. The reason why we are doing so many things wrong isn't because we aren't smart, rather we aren't using our intelligence in the right way. Like why are we developing thousands of nukes when we could instead prevent global warming? Humans are the smartest, but we need to use our intelligence better.

Ways humans are more intelligent than any other animals; Capability to learn mathematics, language, built structures, create working systems of economies. We can make functioning societies with governments. We create innovations every day that further improve their race. The extent of our power to modify the world around us shows how comparatively more meticulous and knowledgeable we are. No other animal has conquered the world quite like humans. I would go even farther to say more importantly, that no other animal has created systems of morality and ethics, developing philosophies based around our advanced enlightened perceptions possessed by no other. - Gamefreak23788

There are a few select humans throughout all our history that actually benefited our planet instead of destroying it. But, as a majority, people are retarded. We play with things that geniuses invent for us (guns, cars, etc.) and we blindly trust our government just because we don't want to make our lives more harder. Thankfully, there were, and still are some great humans in history that pushed purpose and virtue, but just as much that pushed the opposite. Now the question remains: Do YOU have a purpose? Or are you just a pointless hunk of meat that only exist to breed, eat and sleep?

How could you not vote for Humans? - giga

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2 Dolphin Dolphin Dolphins are a widely distributed and diverse group of fully aquatic marine mammals. They are an informal grouping within the order Cetacea, excluding whales and porpoises, so to zoologists the grouping is paraphyletic.

I saw trained dolphins at a reserve once, and an dolphin which was only a year old, and it was trained to do some pretty amazing things, including work with another dolphin to come under my feet and carry me across the pool they were in, try to find a one year old human that can do anything near that!

Did you know that some body taught a dolphin how to count and speak English (Not very well but still.) If dolphins were land animals with and legs, they would make lots of stuff. Billions of new car companies would be around, and humans would have roommates who are not their species. AWESOME!

Dolphins are very clever. They can even paint and the pictures are quite nice. Besides, these animals are so cute :). P.S. THE QUESTION FOR AUTHOR : Who has said you humans are animals? - Wonderful

Yes, dolphins are smart, but seriously do not trust those painting animal shows, they're often abusive. - RaccoonCartoon

Dolphins are smart, but do not have the bodies to express it. It's such a shame that they are constantly being abused and treated like crap just so they are forced to do tricks. - RaccoonCartoon

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3 Chimpanzee Chimpanzee

It is scientifically proven that these are the smartest animals except for humans! - pryan96

Guys, you do realise that some people might be checking this website for actual data, right? So please stop depriving them of their rightful data and vote scientifically, as this is a scientific question. Chimps should be number 2

Chimpanzees are so much like humans. They wage war, kill each other, eat each other, and commit infanticide!

They are very humanoid. I saw a chimpanzee at a zoo and it seemed desperate to get out. It kicked the glass and it made the whole ground shake! - RaccoonCartoon

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4 Dog Dog The domestic dog is a wolf-like canid in the genus Canis, and is the most widely abundant terrestrial carnivore.

DOGS are smart and the reason they are higher than many animals and not closely related to the human like chimps is because they are easy to train. Dogs are the only animals that really show much emotion. You don't see chimps complaining when they are given an apple not a banana.

They shouldn't be THIS high on the list. Believe it or not, pigs are smarter than dogs. So are parrots, most primates, etc. Put this one lower on the list and put other ones above. Just because they're popular doesn't mean they are the 4th smartest animals, that's an over-exaggeration. - RaccoonCartoon

DOG IS ONLY HIGH BECAUSE IT IS POPULAR! Chimps and monkeys have been proven to be WAY smarter. Our genes are almost identical.

They may be smart but they shouldn't be this night on the list. People think they are so "clever" because they can learn tricks. All the other animals on this list can learn tricks too and can do way more. Even cats are way smarter than dogs - Mono

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5 Parrot Parrot Parrots, also known as psittacines, are birds of the roughly 393 species in 92 genera that make up the order Psittaciformes, found in most tropical and subtropical regions.

Parrots are smart and that's just a fact. People might hate parrots because they think they're annoying, but who cares. - RaccoonCartoon

Parrots are actually proven to be more intelligent than dogs

Parrots have been proven to be smarter than 5 year old humans.

Thy are so smart they know how to talk

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6 Elephant Elephant Elephants are large mammals of the family Elephantidae and the order Proboscidea. Two species are traditionally recognized, the African elephant and the Asian elephant, although some evidence suggests that African bush elephants and African forest elephants are separate species.

Most of the animals here can't even compare to the intelligence of an elephant. Elephants strike the top spot in all intelligence: cunning, creativity, thinking, & emotion. Few other animals hit all these categories & even fewer, maybe none at all, beat the elephant.

Each year, African Elephants visit a site where their ancestors died. They would memorize the spot and touch their ancestor's skull. Name one other animal that has the intelligence and emotions to do art, swim, and visit their "graveyards" each year.

Check out amazing elephant paintings. They are incredibly intelligent and compassionate animals.

Seriously, why is this number 7!? Put it above dogs! - RaccoonCartoon

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7 Cat Cat The "House Cat", also known as the Domestic Cat or the Feral Cat, is a small feline, a good hunter, and comes in a variety of colours and fur patterns. Contrary to popular belief, however, they are not truly domesticated.

Sure dogs are awesome but theirs one downfall about them. And that's how dumb some of them can be! Cats on the other hand are much more smart. Cats bury their dumps and dogs don't. - DunnaNunnaBatman

Who is the wise professor who said this? THE ELEPHANT is smarter than the cat! Dear administrator can You add to this list the elephant. It is unbelievable it is not here!

Cats are much more intelligent than dogs. Cats can survive on their own without owners; they are natural and skilled hunters. I don't understand why dogs are higher up in the list!

Cats can't be trained, but that doesn't mean they're dumb! Animals should not be used as a tool for entertainment in the first place. - RaccoonCartoon

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8 Monkey

I have raised everything from dogs, cats, parrots, other fowl and even a Capuchin monkey. Let me tell you this.. THAT MONKEY was way smarter than my other animals.. Yes Dogs are good loved pets and yes parrots are definitely smart but that monkey of mine put them all to shame... - shanew

Yes I do love monkeys cuteness and all but to be logical I have seen numerous nature documentaries and dolphins are very smart if you have ever seen a dolphin show you can just look at all the tricks they do!

Dog? Dolphin? Come on people, stop fooling yourself. Monkey is smarter than dog, cat, dolphin, parrot put together and numerous experiments, researches and just real life proved that.

I love dogs, cats and dolphins much more than monkeys but I'm not delusional person - Alexandr

They're amazingly smart! - RaccoonCartoon

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9 Pig Pig A pig is any of the animals in the genus Sus, within the Suidae family of even-toed ungulates. Pigs include the domestic pig and its ancestor, the common Eurasian wild boar, along with other species; related creatures outside the genus include the peccary, the babirusa, and the warthog.

They are actually pretty smart, but with all those insults about pigs going around it's hard to think that. - animallover1

Humans just look at creatures and think they're dumb without even realising anything. Pigs can solve puzzles and go through mazes, they are at least as smart as a chimpanzee. - RaccoonCartoon

I have pet pigs & they are so intelligent. They should definitely be higher! (Especially over cats I think)

Why are pigs on this list

Because they're smart. They can go through mazes and solve puzzles. - RaccoonCartoon

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10 Gorilla Gorilla Gorillas are ground-dwelling, predominantly herbivorous apes that inhabit the forests of central Sub-Saharan Africa.

Gorillas are the second most human like animals and if they can talk English they would probably outsmart the human

Gorrillas have more neurons and mostly central cerebral cortex neurons than chimps or any other animal other than elephants overall, elephants have more neurons in general, but apes and humans have a higher cerebral cortex count.

Have you ever heard of Koko?

Everyone, just forget about Harambe. He is a bad example of a gorilla. Anyway, gorillas are really smart. Just look at Koko or another famous gorilla and you'll see what I mean. - RaccoonCartoon

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The Contenders

11 Octopus Octopus The octopus is a cephalopod mollusc of the order Octopoda. It has two eyes and four pairs of arms and, like other cephalopods, it is bilaterally symmetric. It has a beak, with its mouth at the center point of the arms.

Octopuses are the smartest sea creatures. They have huge brains.

The crow is the smartest land creature? Think again, buster.

They have nine brains.

9 brains. Need to say more?!

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12 Crow

No, According to study Crows have been found to be as Clever as the Great Apes and in some cases even smarter! these birds have been found sing tools to lure out food and solving puzzles that might involve their lives and these Birds have been found to be as smart as 7-Year old human children making them the smartest animals on earth so think about seeing the worlds smartest animal everyday and admire these beauties, the Crow.

Crows can remember peoples faces, and when they can't open a nut they put it on a road, wait for a car to drive over it, and break it, then they eat the nut. Crows are genius. - Kekkels

Crows are seriously amazing! They can use objects like tools, be taught to speak (like a parrot), and you can befriend them and they'll remember you! But don't mess with them, or they'll notify all the other crows, and then they'll form a flock and attack you! - RaccoonCartoon

Crows are the smartest bird in the world! They recognize and remember faces, use cars to crack open nuts, and use tools to solve puzzles!

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13 Horse Horse The horse is one of two extant subspecies of Equus ferus. It is an odd-toed ungulate mammal belonging to the taxonomic family Equidae, and can be tamed, bred, and trained, as a mount.

I believe horses are one of the most amazing animals ever. Not only do they have an AMAZING memory, but they can understand signals when are told. They have a connection with humans as unique as a fingerprint. The only reason why they would ever hurt someone or something on purpose is if they were bothering it. Honestly, I think in some ways horses are smarter than humans. If we were so smart then why do we even have an issue with global warming? In my opinion, horses should be at the top of the list.

I am with horses and ride them A LOT. Horses are very smart, and have they are very special. They connect with humans in a way no other animals do. If they really wanted to hurt you they would do it, but they are smart enough to get in harmony with humans. I know that humans outsmart horses, but if you don't count humans I think horses are the smartest in there own way of "talking" to humans and other horses. They actually deside a leader in the herd by who is the smartest and wisest. :) Horses are best

I thank that horses are the best animal in the world and are very very intelligent.

Obviously who ever voted for these other animals never met my horses

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14 Whale

The whale one majestic creature how did the blue whale my 3rd favorite animal how did they make such an incredible comeback all whales have gone low in population yet somehow they come back only one species that I know of has gone extinct the grey whale I believe that's thanks to humans again I'm only 10 so I don't know as much as you do maybe but I do know that whales should be higher on the is list

Uh, no. Whales have been SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN to be equal in intelligence with dolphins. This is a TRUE FACT.

Incredibly intelligent, just like dolphins, only with much more brain capacity.

Whales are 10204846261819019374 bazillion quadrillion trillion million billion zillion billion million times smarter than humans and all other animals. Ever heard of the true story about Luna the orca? He (a boy! ) Is a very intelligent WILD whale, willing to let people PET HIM, RUB HIS TOUNGUE, RUB HIS NOSE, AND RUB HIS TEETH. Tada.

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15 Fox Fox Foxes are small to medium sized animals and belong to the Canidae family along with other animals such as jackals, wolves, and domestic dogs. There are 37 species of fox but only 12 are considered true Vulpes. A foxes main prey are birds, fish, berries, insects, and rabbits. Some of the best known species more.

Their super smart even in real life not just books

A wild cat might probably back off but a well secured poultry farm is an open shoping store to a fox. Kills it prey at a snap. The creature is used in most African folklore because of it smart nature - Chronocyborg



16 Orangutan Orangutan

Definitely smart in quickscoping - CerealGuy

17 Platypus Platypus The platypus, also known as the duck-billed platypus, is a semiaquatic egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. V 3 Comments
18 Cow Cow

Cows are smart. They can have human feelings like anxiety and they can remember things for a long time.

They can show emotions, befriend other cows and sort of like elephants, they have a great memory. - RaccoonCartoon

19 Rat Rat Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents of the superfamily Muroidea. "True rats" are members of the genus Rattus, the most important of which to humans are the black rat, Rattus rattus, and the brown rat, Rattus norvegicus.

Rats are in almost every scientific top 10 about intelligence, so they are really among the most smart animals. Because they are not popular they are low in this list. But scientists know they are way smarter than cats and dogs. Popularity is not a legal reason for intelligence!

Rats are very smart! Why else do you think they're always being tested on? You don't see hamsters being tested on, do you? No, because rats are smarter! - RaccoonCartoon

Finally, a list where they're placed well! Yes, they're intelligent.

Hey, guy who says they're " SO SO SO SO SO DUMB" is SO SO SO SO SO DUMB yourself. Rats are extremely intelligent and I should know cause I have three pet rats and they know more tricks than I can count. I bet you don't know how to jump from a table to a bookshelf top and then jump into a rat cage. Hmm

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20 Mouse Mouse A mouse is a small rodent characteristically having a pointed snout, small rounded ears, a body-length scaly tail and a high breeding rate. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse. It is also a popular pet.
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