Top Ten Smartest Animals


The Top Ten

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

Whoever put this here is a JOKE. We make fun of people because of their skin colour! - Peppapigsucks

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.

Since when have we been animals we are humans you evolutionists get it right

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

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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.

Dolphins are more emotionally intelligent and empathetic than people are and they aren't stupid enough to wreck everything like humans

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

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3 Chimpanzee Chimpanzee Chimpanzees are primates of the genus Pan which consists of the common chimpanzee and the bonobo. They are a part of the tribe Hominini, which also includes humans, and the family Hominidae where all great apes are included. Like their closest living relatives the modern humans, chimpanzees are social more.

Chimpanzees are like the brains in the Ape family

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!

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

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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.

This should be above humans - Peppapigsucks

I love dogs, very smart and are able to be trained rather than cats who pure and sleep 50% of their life.

Dogs have twice as many neurons as cats

Dogs should be over dolphins they're able to mimic people there's dogs that can mimic words like like the famous husky that says I love you and some dogs like Norman can even ride a scooter others can drive a car some dogs are even known to escape cages one video showed a dog breaking out his comrades too horse should be after dogs though

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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 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

The only animal that can speak human. That's right human! Parrots know what wear'e saying we humans don't know parrot language. In a test it was shown a parrot having a coversation with another parrot in korean!

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6 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 colors and fur patterns. Contrary to popular belief, however, they are not truly domesticated. They are highly intelligent and good at problem solving.

I like cats. Like to watch them work things out. Crafty little devils. - CyberRat

Why are cats lower than dogs? There psychological proof cats are actually more intelligent than dogs. - GlamCat

Cat should be number1!

Cat might not be the dumbest animal, but scientific has proved that cat people is the most dumbest, most selfish, and most hateful animal ever exist. - mina1

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7 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

Smartest animal in the whole land but ocean's and sea it's shark.

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8 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.

Pigs are #4

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

Yes. Pigs are actually more intelligent than dogs. Don't say - "Well, I can eat pigs because they're stupid".

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

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9 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.

So cool

Should be in top 3

That big lumpy head is its entire brain - Toptenanimallovers

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

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10 Whale

They are the smartest creauture and are proven to be smarter than humans they so should be first

Orcas are a lot smarter then humans

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

If orcas were smarter than us they would see us as a threat in the wild. Tell me does an orca know what 2 plus 2 or 3 plus 3 is? Humans are smarter than orcas. Humans are the smartest creatures dude. Dolphins and Whales are not as smart as us dumbass.

Actually dolphins and whales are smart as us so get you're facts right - ElSherlock

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The Newcomers

? Lemur Lemur Lemurs are a clade of strepsirrhine primates endemic to the island of Madagascar. The word "lemur" derives from the word lemures (ghosts or spirits) from Roman mythology and was first used to describe a slender loris due to its nocturnal habits and slow pace, but was later applied to the primates on more.

The Contenders

11 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.

Maybe the largest land animal but don't assume size they even have their ritual - Toptenanimallovers

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

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

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.

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

Have you ever heard of Koko?

I don't think so

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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.

Horses are increditible; they're the smartest and might be number 1.

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

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

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14 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.

I love foxes

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


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15 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

Did you know crows have the brain capacity to use a tool to get a better tool to use to get a better tool to get food?

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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16 Orangutan Orangutan

Definitely smart in quickscoping - CerealGuy

17 Deer Deer Deer are the ruminant mammals forming the family Cervidae. The two main groups are the Cervinae, including the muntjac, the fallow deer and the chital, and the Capreolinae, including the elk, reindeer, the Western roe deer, and the Eurasian elk.
18 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.

3 rd smartest after humans and dolphins

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!

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

Rats are so intelligent

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19 Platypus Platypus The platypus, also known as the duck-billed platypus, is a semiaquatic egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania.

Agent P

Coolest mammal just saying

By the way, where's perry?

How is a platypus smat...?... Oh yeah, ITS NOT

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.
21 Clark's Nutcracker
22 Raccoon Raccoon The raccoon, sometimes spelled racoon, also known as the common raccoon, North American raccoon, northern raccoon and colloquially as coon, is a medium-sized mammal native to North America.

North America, they are everywhere

Raccoons piss me off because they're so smart. They live around my house and they can get into everything - Westeeny

These should be in the top 10 they can open door knobs, jars and can remember from 2 years back they are also known for remembering their birth and if someone feeds them they can remember exactly where it was.

Racoons are very smart they even use sticks and twigs as tools - Toptenanimallovers

23 Penguin Penguin Penguins are a group of aquatic, flightless birds. They live almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere, with only one species, the Galapagos penguin, found north of the equator.

Penguin's are smart.

24 Cow Cow Cattle—colloquially cows—are the most common type of large domesticated ungulates. They are a prominent modern member of the subfamily Bovinae, are the most widespread species of the genus Bos, and are most commonly classified collectively as Bos taurus.


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

25 Hyena Hyena Hyenas or hyaenas are any feliform carnivoran mammals of the family Hyaenidae /haɪˈɛnᵻdiː/. With only four extant species, it is the fifth-smallest biological family in the Carnivora, and one of the smallest in the class Mammalia.

Hyenas have been tested to have equal intelligence to some primates and even placed higher than chimps on cooperative problem solving tests. They deserve to be much higher on this list. At least top 10.

How are they this low, They have equal, not if higher intelligence to what we evolved from & They use skill and strategy to catch their prey. Not just there bone crushing teeth.

Equal intelligence to chimps.

26 Wolf Wolf Often in/from packs, Wolves are carnivorous Canines that come in various colours and breeds, and have evolved to Dogs. Some breeds of Wolves are, like Dogs, domesticated, to become a Working Dog.

Wolves are dogs but everyone is complaining about how wolves are so much lower on the list. WOLVES ARE DOGS - Westeeny

Wolves are probably one of the smartest hunters out there! Why they are so much lower then the dog, who knows. Wolves are were dogs come from, so the places should be switched! - Nevey

I feel wolves are much smarter. How are they 35 when the dog is #4? Wolves is where dogs come from...

You trying to tell me a squirrel is smarter than a wolf

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27 Owl Owl Owls are birds from the order Strigiformes, which includes about two hundred species of mostly solitary and nocturnal birds of prey typified by an upright stance, a large, broad head, binocular vision, binaural hearing, sharp talons, and feathers adapted for silent flight.

Oh I agree so much.

28 Otter Otter Otters are carnivorous mammals in the subfamily Lutrinae. The 13 extant otter species are all semiaquatic, aquatic or marine, with diets based on fish and invertebrates.

Otters are adorable

Come on guys
Otters aren't as smart as humans or dolphins, but they are much smarter than dogs and cats. They too have their own language as dolphins, and they usually live in clans. They can overpower something as big as a crocodile by forming hordes, and can eat while swimming by using their belly as a table.

They simply one of the smartest animals ever

You know Otters are so so so so CUTE

29 Lion Lion The lion is one of the big cats in the genus Panthera and a member of the family Felidae. The commonly used term African lion collectively denotes the several subspecies in Africa.

They are very cool and smart hunters.

30 Tiger Tiger The tiger is the largest cat species, most recognizable for their pattern of dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with a lighter underside.

Tigers have the same size of brain is chimpanzees and can remember things better than humans they are trained to do a many things even though they shouldn't be and should be in the world and humans are not smart they make many bad decisions and see in the future just gonna be smoke trash and humans they won't even have dogs and cats anymore!

31 Bee Bee
32 Squirrel Squirrel Squirrels are members of the family Sciuridae, a family that includes small or medium-size rodents. The squirrel family includes tree squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots, flying squirrels, and prairie dogs amongst other rodents.

Could you, a human, bury an acorn deep in the forest, hibernate all winter, wake up, and know exactly where it is? - LostDream258

I have raised researched and studied squirrels for over 2 decades, and they should be in the top 10.

Because they have been here for ever and they always will be

In science they are in top 10 smart animals

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33 Rabbit Rabbit Rabbits are small mammals in the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha, found in several parts of the world.

Why are there rabbits and not guinea pigs?! Guinea pigs are smart, just illogical.

They are so cute.

They are cute.

34 Raven

They're smarter than crows - Westeeny

They're really smart and they know that we're most likely not going to hurt them. For instance, when you drive by a tree with birds on it, they always seem to fly away. Ravens don't!
That is just what I've noticed...

35 Duck Duck Duck is the common name for a large number of species in the waterfowl family Anatidae, which also includes swans and geese.
36 Guinea Pig Guinea Pig The guinea pig, also called the cavy or domestic guinea pig, is a species of rodent belonging to the family Caviidae and the genus Cavia.
37 King Cobra King Cobra The king cobra is an elapid found predominantly in forests from India through Southeast Asia. more.
38 Crab Crab Crabs are decapod crustaceans of the infraorder Brachyura, which typically have a very short projecting "tail", usually entirely hidden under the thorax.
39 Pigeon Pigeon Pigeons and doves constitute the bird family Columbidae, which includes about 310 species. Pigeons are stout-bodied birds with short necks, and short slender bills. They primarily feed on seeds, fruits, and plants.
40 Giraffe Giraffe The giraffe is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant.

Giraffe is not that smart. It just knows enough to protect itself. Please select another opion. - leah2006

41 Pika
42 Cockroach

They know how to make us fear like flying toward us or running on our leg!

Cockroaches are so so Stupid ha ha!

43 Baboon Baboon Baboons are African and Arabian Old World monkeys belonging to the genus Papio, part of the subfamily Cercopithecinae.
44 Sheep Sheep The sheep is a quadrupedal, ruminant mammal typically kept as livestock. Like all ruminants, sheep are members of the order Artiodactyla, the even-toed ungulates.

Of all the animals, sheep are believed to possess the most powerful memories with some research showing them to be better than humans in certain situations - PenguinSheep

No, they are very DUMB. Sheep just
Wander around waiting for a way to be
Killed. On every top ten most dumb animals
Sheep are No.10.

You've been watching too many cartoons and reading too many books. - GamingGoku757

45 Snail Snail Snail is a common name that is applied most often to land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod molluscs.


46 Sea Lion Sea Lion Sea lions are sea mammals characterized by external ear flaps, long foreflippers, the ability to walk on all fours, short, thick hair, and a big chest and belly.
47 Mockingbird
48 Argentine Ant

They dominate the insect world because they perfectly cooperate with each other. All 700 billion of them. (Compared to only 7 billion of us, in a world filled with violence and war)

49 African Gray Parrot

Their as smart as a six year old!

50 Bat Bat Bats are mammals of the order Chiroptera whose forelimbs form webbed wings, making them the only mammals naturally capable of true and sustained flight.

Very smart. Also my favorite animal. Mix of number 1.

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