Top 10 Smartest Big Cats

The Top Ten

1 Leopard The leopard is one of the five "big cats" in the genus Panthera. It is one of the most adaptable and the most widespread big cat; it's secrets being:well camouflaged fur; its opportunistic hunting behaviour, broad diet, and strength to move heavy carcasses into trees; its ability to adapt to various more.

Leopards are smarter than you think. That why they're smart. You don't know their limit. Leopards are the most widespread creatures for their size (i.e. they hunt from South Africa to Siberia, from Arabia to Sri Lanka). Why did Romans rule medieval Europe? They used their brains: they had tactics and strategies that made the others feel just like how you felt when you found the answer to a seemingly impossible riddle: obvious and embarrassed. Leopards are like the Romans of cats. The 'climbing-trees' strategy, a variety of ambushing tactics are just a few of the leopards brainstorms. Okay, that would've been obvious for people like us, but hey, we're HUMANS, are we? Leopards have extreme senses; these need a big brain to fill all that information in. They are one of the most agile creatures; well, you can't be a gymnast just with a flexible body, right? All these need brains. (tip: if you're a gymnast, you can use this information to prove you're smart).

You can say that ...more

Leopards are the smartest of all big cats, if you don't think so do your research, but if your too lazy, I will tell you why...= It is the only big cat that has learned to store its food above ground from scavengers. It can carry prey twice its body weight high into the tops of the trees to save and eat at his leisure. Its brain power also gives it an advantage as a more cunning hunter.Any kind of leopard could be qualified as smartest, it could be snow, Asian, or black leopard. These creatures live alone and depend on themselves for food, water, territory, den sights, and hunting spots. Even when leopards first emerge from their dens at 3 months, they already know how to climb trees. And if you don't believe me when I say they are the smartest, look on Google, it literally says it. Scientist have proven this fact over and over again. They don't justify these facts based on their "coolness" or how they look, they base it on research and watching these animals closely. Every ...more

I don't care if cheetahs are really fast, or tigers and lions are strong, or even that jaguars are super stealthy. That is all that matters to you guys. Their best skills. But, leopards have it all, especially intelligence. They have learned to store their food and are great at teaching their cubs how to survive. Most of you are just picking favorites. I admit, leopards are my favorite big cats but they really and truly are intelligent creatures. Don't be lazy and pick the one that you like the most and that is super cute, because you know what? That is totally unfair to leopards. Seriously, scientists have PROVED that leopards are the smartest. Leopards are underrated, and cheetahs are overrated. It literally says that leopards are the smartest, but some of you people ignore that, or are too lazy to do some simple research. Leopards rule!

Leopard for sure the smartest of all because of numerous reason. They can climb trees, even with the 30kg carcass. They are silent and ambush hunters. Well, the problem isn't the hunting for big cats, its how do we protect our food from other predators and leopard is the only big cat who knows it.

2 Cheetah The cheetah, also known as the hunting leopard, is a big cat that occurs mainly in eastern and southern Africa and a few parts of Iran. The cheetah is the fastest land animal, able to run up to 75 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds

Graceful, Gorgeous, deadly, intelligent. What else could you ask for? Amber eyes, a slender muzzle, a sharp gaze and dark tear lines with dappled gold-and-black fur. Also, it has slim, delicate looking legs built for speed but that can beat u up. Snow leopards, on the other paw, have a "white" or usually yellowish pelt, a beard-like thing on it's chin, a wide, flat nose and head, big clumsy paws, brownish spots, and isn't even CLOSE to the beauty, grace, strength, speed, and power of the cheetah.

These cats are very smart. They stop to rest at the right times. I think that they are one of the smartest but please no hating on anybody’s opinion.

I love cheetahs. They're My favorite wild animal by far. When you first think of a cheetah, you think speed. But I think fast AND intelligent. They look smart too. They are so graceful and gorgeous. Very unique. Wow. You can use a lot of adjectives to describe them. I'm not only saying this because they're awesome, but it's true. I know that leopards are smart but I think cheetahs are the smartest. How could you not fall in love with this animal? I love them so, so much. The moms are great at teaching their cubs how to hunt. These are the smartest!

Cheetahs really are smarter than tigers. For a tiger rank of being smart it is a 6. For a cheetah being smart it is an 7. But the leopard really is the smartest, with a rank of 8, but I still vote for cheetahs.

3 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.

Many people think the dad will leave the Cubs but that is not true he will protect them for his life also there are many pictures of humans and other animals such as dogs being best friends with tigers lastly in circuses along time ago they would be trained to jump through hoops of fire look it up.

Although animal Intelligence is difficult to judge, the Tiger seems to be the smartest of the big cats, since it is a very versatile and individually cat, and though a solitary hunter, tigers do interact much more frequently than most would think. They do share their Prey with their family members, and males will let the cubs and females eat first. A males territory usually overlaps with those of several mates, who are closely related, similarly to a lion pride.male tigers will sometimes even take part in raising cubs. At least most trainers, keepers, biologists and big cat experts agree that they are smarter and batter at learning than lions.Their hunting method is more similar to that of the leopard. Tigers do have a larger brain relative to body size than other big cats, I think there's a good reason. However big cats are generally quite smart, and smartness varies amongst Individuals.

Scientific studies have confirmed that tiger has about 20% larger brains than lions, thus they are more cunning than lions. Because jungle is very complicated place than open Savannah grassland

Tiger are very smart and I think they should be the first smartest big cat on the list because they are actually much smarter than leopards, and cheetahs. I am not just saying this it's true I looked it up on much more other websites and they all said tigers are much smarter. So I know tigers are the smartest big cat. That is truly a fact!

4 Snow Leopard The snow leopard is a large cat native to the mountain ranges of Central and South Asia. The name "Snow Leopard" is due to its white fur, and the black spots dotted over it.

The snow leopard is a very amazing and fascinating animals ever!

Snow leopard are not the smartest

The snow leopard is known for its excellent stealth and intelligence I agree it's the fourth smartest but sadly they're endangered

Snow are the smartest and most beautiful big cats their are but I'm sad there are not much left

5 Jaguar The jaguar is a wild cat species and the only extant member of the genus Panthera native to the Americas.

Jaguars are strong and stealth they are the 4th biggest big cat after the leopard lion and tiger but Jaguars aren't as intelligent. But that doesn't mean they're to dum to hunt Jaguars normally use there teeth and claws to hunt less than using there brain example leopards use mostly there brain teeth and agility to hunt for cheetahs they use speed stealth and intelligence for tiger they use bite and stealth but sometimes can make intelligent decisions

They seems smart overall and smarter when killing, I don't see why cheetah is 1 they just run fast and that's it.

They know how to hunt really well to take down big prey. Also a mother knows that her cubs are helpless at berth so she knows to protect them very well.

Jaguars should be 1st because they can be behind you when you don't even know there are there!

6 Cougar The cougar, also commonly known as the mountain lion, puma, panther, or catamount, is a large felid of the subfamily Felinae native to the Americas.

Cougars are agile and they're very smart. They live near people's area and they're very brave too!

Cougars live from the tip of South America to the tip of North America. They have to survive in extreme cold and dense jungle and live amongst larger predators like Jaguars and Bears.

You may never see me him but they are smart animals

My gran once saw a cougar when she was coming home from school.

7 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.

Firstly, I don't believe that any particular species of Big Cat is more intelligent than another. Each is specially adapted to their habitat and they are all successful in surviving and becoming top predators in their own right.

Secondly, he Big Cats are anatomically very alike and thus brain size is negligible. As in humans, intelligence varies towards the individual rather than species or race.

Lions are the only truly social member of the Cat family. This in itself takes a certain amount of intelligence. The intelligence to co-operate and be socially aware in dealing with other members of their own species. Yet Lions also survive as solitary hunters during their lives.

Male Lions in particular spend long periods as nomads hunting and fighting for themselves when not part of a pride. I have seen on several occasions a single male Lion take on African Buffalo and Crocodile successfully. Although such kills are fraught with danger and thus quite rare.

Yet ...more

In the cat family, the lion as the greatest memory capacity and intelligence is related with the capacity of the memory. Lions are the only social cats. In nature social animals are generally more intelligent they have a lot more to learn. Lions do very complicated group hunting involving coordination, cooperation, great communicating and each one knowing his role. Depending on the type of preys, the role of each lions may change. So not only as a single feline a lion learn to hunt by himself but in a group it could have deferent roles depending the preys. Lions used many different hunting tactics. In the cat family lions are the most intelligent feline.

It is not a matter of an opinion but a fact. First social animals are smarter and the lions are the only true social felines. Secondly the 2016 intelligent test reported in Science America. 1) the hyena 2) the lion 3) the leopard 4) and last the tiger. The lions were the best investigators. Curiosity is also a sigh of intelligence. Lions are not only regular single hunters. They are the only one to do group and synchronized hunting. They use different types of group hunting. The lion used far more complex communication than any other cats. The lion is the most intelligent big cat.

Whats wrong with people this days, lion is the smartest because they plan with otter lionesses the attack, and male lion is the strongest cat after that the tiger

8 Lynx A lynx is any of the four species within the Lynx genus of medium-sized wild cats, which includes the bobcat.

Lynx are able to use emotion in their decisions and that is amazingly intelligent. They learn by themselves how they like to hunt and what is their prey. For example, as the other lady had pionted out lynx won't attack humans. Their parents never taught them that. Their parents would have taught them to stay away. They learned that humans were safe, but they also know that humans aren't prey. My final piont is that lynx are one of those animals that can be tamed and kept at a house in some states. The lynx have to learn all kinds of new things, but their instincts to kick in when they are used to the house. People are a lot like animals. Altho peoplel hate being compared to wild animals it is true, but I'm not talking about how we act. Instead, I'm talking about how we problem solve. Some people may argue, but animals are very intelligent creatures and can most deffintally problem solve.

I think that lynx are truly extraordinary animals, with superb climbing and jumping abilities. So in my opinion, lynx should be the smartest, even smarter than cheetahs, but not leopards. They may not be fast but they are very unique.

Lynxes think before they act and know what prey will fit their needs. Very independent. Except there are only 3 big cats: Lion, Tiger, Snow Leopards. Lynxes are under the medium cat category.

Very smart, quick, and stealthy. They are very interesting and can be found in northern parts of the world. But they are endangered and need to be saved.

9 Panther

Because they are skilled hunters

There are such a dominating animal that can outsmart mostly anything

I love the panther cat they're so cute

Panther are black leopard or jaguar y are they so loo...

10 Liger

Just because a liger is a combination if tiger and a lion; it doesn't make them double smart. Dude, that's like saying you are as smart as your mom and dad combined. That's just insulting to your parents.

The Liger lives completely on human help. - Immortui-Fortissimus

Ligers are not in the wild so they are dumb when it comes to survival - lions

They are double smart so they are very intelligent

The Contenders

11 Clouded Leopard

They are so smart at catching there they hang from trees with there tail and choose there food

Clouded leopards are beautiful creatures. We might not know exactly how smart they are, but we don’t really know a lot about them. These cats are very secretive and hard to study. Plus, they are a type of leopard. They’re beautiful, deadly, stealthy, tough, and athletic, what’s next? They might be small, but don’t judge them about intelligence. They’re great hunters. With many hunting techniques. These cats are little athletes. Experts at climbing, hunting, and swimming. These cats are one of the most endangered animal species on the planet. If you give this gorgeous creature a chance, they’ll surprise you. If we help save them, we’ll learn more. They’ll make it up to #1. They are number #1 on climbing! Which we ALL can agree on. Don’t believe me on their intelligence? Then watch some videos of them hunting. Anyway, they’ve got my vote!

12 Tigon

These are the only animals besides monkeys that can hold conversations with pwople

13 Pumapard

They are cut and have bunny ears =') =,)

14 Leopon
15 Ocelot The ocelot, also known as the dwarf leopard, is a wild cat distributed extensively within South America including the islands of Trinidad and Margarita, Central America, and Mexico. It has been reported as far north as Texas.


I think the ocelot is the cutest cat ever 🐆

16 Serval

Beautiful cats

I like savannahs and servals

The serval is not a big cat


17 Amar Leopard
18 Puma The cougar, also commonly known as the mountain lion, puma, panther, or catamount, is a large felid of the subfamily Felinae native to the Americas.
19 Bobcat The bobcat is a North American cat that appeared during the Irvingtonian stage of around 1.8 million years ago.
20 Jaglion
BAdd New Item