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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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

4 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 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

Humans are so clever we have almost destroyed this planet. We are the only animals that believe their is a 'God' who created everything. Quite pathetic. Dogs own

5 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...

First of all, humans are the smartest, no debate. Also, dogs, chimps, and dolphins, can intelligently respond to so many more commands than parrots and recognize many more words. All parrots do is repeat sounds they hear

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!

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

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

6 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.

Octopus are the smartest sea creature and crow is the smartest land creature

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

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

That big lumpy head is its entire brain

7 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'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!

Ok, cats are idiots. Dogs are awesomely intelligent. The only reason dogs are more dependent on humans is because they've been domesticated (and loyal to humans)for MUCH LONGER. I guess the haters gonna hate. All of you who say cats are smarter apparently haven't done your research, I have and I'm only 10! The dumbest dog is smarter than the smartest cat.

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.

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!

8 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.

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

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

Pigs are actually smarter than dogs you can just look at the top 10 smartest animals there you go

9 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...

Elephants are the ONLY animals that can understand a human pointing without any training. also, this is a weird thought that I had: what if humans really arnt the smartest animals on Earth and we're not smart enough to figure it out? WHAT IF?

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.

10 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...

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

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!

Monkeys are very smart climbing trees. Monkey first dog second. The way they figure out climbing trees is amzing. Maybe one year they will be able to climb the Monkey Puzzle tree.

The Contenders

11 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.

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

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.

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

12 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.

Have you ever heard of Koko?

I don't think so

hmmm gorilla can open bottles and solve easy math can dogs do that

13 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.

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.

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

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 foxes main prey are birds, fish, berries, insects, and rabbits. Some of the best known species more.

These animals should be illegal to kill. They should be able to be domesticated and loved by humans. (A.K.A. smarter than humans.Hehehehe! )

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

Their super smart even in real life not just books


16 Japanese Macaque
17 Orangutan

Definitely smart in quickscoping

just like gorilla plus they use medicine can dogs do that

orangutans should be number 2

18 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!

Rats are so intelligent

19 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.
20 Bee

They can TAP DANCE to lead other bees to flowers!

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

Coolest mammal just saying

By the way, where's perry?

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

22 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.

23 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.
24 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

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

North America, they are everywhere

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