Top Ten Smartest Animals

The Top Ten
1 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.

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.

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?

There are many intelligent animals in a species, and many who are not. There are many "dumb" humans, and many animals who are genius for their species. Comparing the best of a species with the average of another is not accurate. I am sure a smart parrot can learn a few languages, perhaps more than a human, but the smartest human learned 40. If we are comparing the average intelligence of each specie, humans are smarter than all. I am concerned for those who say that a dolphin could invent a car or nuclear bomb.

2 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.

Assuming we aren't counting humans, its dolphins vs apes, more specifically dolphins vs chimps. Chimps win in my opinion, but really, there is evidence for both sides. The only thing wrong about this list is Dogs being above Monkeys and Chimps even though they are nowhere near as smart according t science.

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!

This list is incorrect. Even if you think that humans aren't number one, there are chimps which are way smarter than dolphins. They can understand numerical systems, have better short term memory than humans, and can even be taught to use a computer. Dolphins can't do that. Dolphins should be third.

The smartest chimpanzees are smarter than the smartest dolphins. They have been know to open locks, understand numbers, have better short term memory than humans, use tools, and have the IQ of a 3 year old human child. Just my opinion though. I respect yours too.

3 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.

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

Yes, chimps are smarter than Dolphins and I have mathematical proof, people and chimps share 99.8% of DNA and humans are by far the smartest therefore chimps, Orangutans, and gorillas.

Chimpanzees are the closest to humans. They should be above dolphins because scientifically they can do mostly anything humans can do.

They way they move is just magnificent. They use their feet and toes in miraculous ways. These are the smartest non human creatures.

4 Dog The domestic dog is a wolf-like canid in the genus Canis, and is the most widely abundant terrestrial carnivore. It is active all around the world, and is one of the most popular domestic pets as of 2021. They come in more than 350 breeds.

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 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

Dogs are smart, but chimps/orangutangs are probably smarter. A lady taught them sign language, so you couldl communicate with them. But dogs are still very smart. It's not like there could be a police cat

I have a dog and I agree there smart, intelligent and very kind. They are also very polite and also very very generous.

5 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.

Whoever says "cat's are smarter than dogs"

Remind me when a cat detects cancer. Remind me when a cat becomes a service animal(on that note remind me when a cat learns how to open a door or answer a phone)Remind me when a cat helps on search and rescue missions. Remind me when a cat becomes a police "officer" Remind me when a cat saves an entire town.

These are what dogs do on a daily basis. What is considered a miracle for cats is done as a daily job for some dogs. Of course cats are smart! One of the most intelligent animals in the world! But don't say that cats are smarter than dogs. As they are equally intelligent.

Cats don't always seem as smart as well trained dogs sometimes, but that's just because cats don't care. Face it, cats are probably smarter than dogs, but they just don't care.

So smart! I know dogs are smart and can do AMAZING tricks. Yes you adorable wittle doggos. This is about cats though, so they can be left alone for a week without humans! One of my cats watch us and jump up into the air and bring his paws down on the door and opens it! He pushes the chair away a little and he can shake hands with me! I have no idea why I didn't teach him anything else.

I've seen a documentary where they say that cats are 10 times better in problemsolving that dogs. The only reason why dogs are higher is because there are more dog lovers here, and they think that dogs are supersmart 'because they can do all those tricks for them. it's not 'because they are smart, it's 'because they are naive. Cats are smarter that dogs, HANDS DOWN!

6 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.

The most intelligent and smart animal in Earth is Parrot... They are way more more intelligent than Dolphins, Chimpanzees, monkeys and dogs can ever be. Parrots know how to talk not only in their way but in any language you can throw. Can Dogs and dolphins talk? Not even when you put everything to teach them. You can set them any tasks (just like me) and they'll d without any problem. While most animals will be stuck at a random single problem Parrots can do anything which humans are capable of doing. If you can then count them.
I am not saying this ; even the Mighty Holy Quran is saying this...

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!

Parrots should be first. Because humans are not animals. Reading below comment and I can say its true.

Well that's stupid. Parrots can just repeat things. Apes and monkeys should be first because humans aren't actually animals

7 Monkey Monkeys are haplorhine primates, a paraphyletic group generally possessing tails and consisting of approximately 260 known living species.

A literal study showed that they were the smartest animal other than humans. One time, when I was in Costa Rica, a family had out this big container of fruit near the beach and then suddenly a dozen capuchins appeared in the trees, and I remember one of the people looking up nervously before all of them jumped down and attacked, the first one knocking the fruit away, another chucking rocks to get them back, and finally all of them swiped some pinapple or watermelon

An intelligent ball of fluff that can use tools and become trained and enter space. Monkeys are probably even smarter than humans because monkeys don't destroy nature.

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...

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

8 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.

Not saying that these other animals aren't smart, but how is elephant only number 10. They can mourn their dead, understand human voices, pass knowledge from generation to generation, understand sounds, have empathy, care about each other, can use tools (which we thought only monkeys and humans could do for the longest time,) and more I'm probably not thinking of, what can't they do!?

Some random guy: Survive human attacks, poachers and our constant need to destroy their habitat...

Me: Huh, sadly true, as they are endangered and poachers are still continuing to hunt it... But then again what isn't endangered thanks to us?

Guy; Uh, dogs, cats... uuuhhh... blobfish?

Me: That's what I though...

Okay Elephants can outsmart almost every animal on This list, these things are insane in intelligence, they show Empathy, Recognize their selves in the mirror, And even Distinguish different Human Languages! So these big boys are about as smart as dolphins! so hardly any animal or mabye not even any animal can beat the intelligence of, The elephant.

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.

9 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.

This guy should be number 2. For sure

They have nine brains.

10 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.

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)

I have pet pigs and they are really intelligent. They should be higher than that!

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

I miss you, Harrambe. Gorillas are smart, Harrambe was, he tried to save a kid and got killed. This is proof that gorillas are even smarter than those stupid humans.

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.

Estimated Average IQ: 82
Koko is an extremely smart gorilla. Also, a dog's estimated average IQ is about 25.

Have you ever heard of Koko?

12 Whale

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.

Is this a joke, killer whales are by far the smartest creature in the sea, in my opinion.

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

Killer whales are a type of dolphin! What a misnomer!

13 Crow

They might be smart hunters, ravens are better though. Ravens are just cute friendship makers, crows are killers. They will just eat prey for the sake of it.

Unbelievable smart, in science the number five most intelligent animal after Chimps, Dolphins, Elephants and Orang Oetangs, humans not included. Dogs are not even top 10 as popularity has nothing to do with intelligence.

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.

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!

14 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.

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

15 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 fox's prey is small mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, eggs, insects, worms, fish, crabs, more.

I apologize... I was once a rabbit fan and believed they were the smartest animal. But... I was wrong. That comment at the top that says "oh that's like saying a wooden plank is smart ooh" I was very wrong.

Foxes ARE smart. Foxes ARE intelligent, but rabbits who I have found out to be rather... STUPID! PATHETIC! USELESS! DUMB!

I freaking hate rabbits, I wish they didn't exist. I want foxes to eat them all since rabbits are soooooo useless! I really hate them. Once again, I apologize, fox lovers, for I have joined the foxes' side. Stuff rabbits.

HAHAHAHHA! This is just like saying that a wooden plank has intelligence! Even a wooden plank would be smarter than a stupid fox! I mean their IQ is just 70 but look at dogs, cats, rabbits! Their IQ level is like 100 but further down. Foxes with intelligence! HAHAHA, such a good pun.

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

Estimated Average IQ: 70
A fox is known to be a smart and cunning animal.

16 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.

17 Orangutan
18 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.

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.

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

Can solve puzzles and get out of traps!

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

19 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!

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

As a rat owner, they definitely are very smart!

Smart, especially in the zodiac!

20 Falcons
21 Goat The domestic goat is a subspecies of goat domesticated from the wild goat of southwest Asia and Eastern Europe.
22 Japanese Macaque
23 Bee
24 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.
25 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.
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