Top 10 Smartest Dog Breeds

You need a SMART dog? Well here are the smartest breeds of dogs.

The Top Ten

1 German Shepherd German Shepherd

I've had both German shepherds and border collies and the German shepherd BY FAR was easier to train. Border collies may actually be labeled as more intelligent than other dogs but the shepherd is so much more attentive during training than the border collie and aims to please 24/7. What good is the collie's intelligence if they're too hyper to pay attention? German shepherd all the way!

I've heard that the German Shepard is the third smartest dog in the world. They can be trained to sniff out bombs, find missing people, and search for illegal drugs and animals that smugglers want to sell across the country. They are also great service dogs for disabled people. Even as amazing workers they are great and loyal pets that will protect you and your family for life.

Extremely smart and loyal dogs. Our uncle has one and she always has to be with him. when he goes inside, she stares at him through the glass door until he comes back. She has bonded with me a lot and one time, we went to a party and my brother brought his friend. while the GSD was looking through the door at her owner. my brothers friend tried to push me in the pool, and she lunged at him and she stared at him until he walked away.

These Guys Are Amazing - JPK

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2 Border Collie Border Collie The Border Collie is a working and herding dog breed developed in the Anglo-Scottish border region for herding livestock, especially sheep.

Okay, this list should actually be factual. It's scientifically proven that Border Collies come in first, Poodles in second, and German Shepherds in third. And being easily trained doesn't make a dog smart. The smartest dogs need mental stimulation. If training isn't fun, they won't listen. Make it stimulating and enjoyable.

Border Collies are great and loyal dogs that are extremely intelligent! They should be number one! Despite being incredibly smart, if your looking for a smart and good looking doggy, Border Collies (in my opinion) are absolutely gorgeous! I love my Border Collie, Mac!

Border Collies have deductive reasoning skills that puts them at number one in intelligence. My Border Collie will create games for herself if given the tools (in addition to exercise.)

I have a border collie that is 3 years old and she's pretty smart

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3 Golden Retriever Golden Retriever The Golden Retriever is a large-sized breed of dog bred as gun dogs to retrieve shot waterfowl such as ducks and upland game birds during hunting and shooting parties, and were named 'retriever' because of their ability to retrieve shot game undamaged.

Golden Retrievers are so nice and they are the BEST! My neighbor had one that knew SO many tricks, and every time he saw me he would knock me down and start licking me! Awesome companion and great family dog!

They can be great and very smart dogs. I have a golden retriever, and I love him like he's my entire heart

They are great dogs 4 kids they are so loyal and loving and energetic they are the very very very very very best I love GOLDEN RETRIEVERS they are the best dogs in the world

Dog genius.

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4 Poodle Poodle The poodle is a group of formal dog breeds, the Standard Poodle, Miniature Poodle and Toy Poodle. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale recognizes four sizes of one breed: standard, medium, miniature, and toy.

I have 6 poodles. They are smarter than the neighbours 2 kids.

Openly despite what they look like they are very smart

I hate poodles, but I hear they can read, fetch credit cards, turn on and shut off lights


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5 Labrador Retriever Labrador Retriever The Labrador Retriever, also Labrador, is a type of retriever-gun dog. The Labrador is one of the most popular breeds of dog in the United Kingdom and the United States.

My yellow lab can open doors (when unlocked.)! Also one time she escaped because the gate was open and we found her sitting at our front door step. Did I mention that she changed the channel for attention? - PianoQueen

I wouldn't say there the smartest dog but absolutely in the top 5 my girl jasmine is so protective over my kids but shes so lovable and will always be there for me

My lab is so smart she learnt how to sit on her first day home every day she learnt a new command and that is not an exaggeration. She just turned 4 months and know many new commands

When it comes to electric fences my dog is smart enough to not go anywhere near the border even without having a collar

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6 Doberman Pinscher Doberman Pinscher The Doberman Pinscher, or Dobermann, or Doberman, is a medium-large breed of domestic dog originally developed around 1890 by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, a tax collector from Germany.

I think Dobies, like any species of animals, can vary quite a bit in intelligence. I had one, by the name of Judy, who was phenomenal. I used her on the third shift of an Arco (in a BAD neighborhood) many years ago. She was always untethered and had the run of the office, garage bays, and a large outdoor area with 12 pumps and several flower gardens. She had access to all of that and could intermingle with customers. She knew the commands to go inside or outside of each of those areas from wherever I was at and could very quickly think on the fly.

She actually saved me from at least severe beatings twice - once when two punks came in, gave me a $5 bill, and then tried to claim they had only asked for a dollar's worth after they had gotten the gas. They both got out of the car telling me how they were going to beat me. Judy was in the office so I called her out. These guys were confident and told me "that dog isn't gonna do anything". I, then, grabbed her collar and ...more

Doberman is the best guard dog for me. Its speed could catch up an intruder for a short period of time.

I Have One And She Is Very Friendly And Smart

Love the Dobies. Loyal, smart and good looking. Good family dog😋

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7 Rottweiler Rottweiler The Rottweiler is a breed of domestic dog, regarded as medium-to-large or large.The dogs were known in German as Rottweiler Metzgerhund, meaning Rottweil butchers' dogs, because one of their uses was to herd livestock and pull carts laden with butchered meat to market.

They are smart and they know exactly when your in danger so they are that smart then they attack and that's the bit where they try to kill people

Rottweiler are underrated. Rottweiler are underestimated since they seem mean from their size. They are actually smart and loving.

They are the smartest dogs I have seen and way smarter than the German shepherd.

Very smart, my dog is smart. And she is not viscous, shes sweet and calm. - Lucretia

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8 Husky

Huskies are SUPER smart dogs...but they are very independent. They have to have a purpose or reason to come to you when called. They will RUN FOREVER if not kept on a leash (which is what they were bred for) and are excellent survivalists down to -75 degree weather. They are very loving with children and visitors, so much so that they would leave with a burglar! NOT good watch dogs! Love to pull carts and sleds too. They are special dogs that need a special owner to understand them as well, as they are one of the oldest and purest breeds that have that very wolf-like mentality and characteristic.

Well I have a husky he's Is AMAZING on everything he can play so many sports too I think its just the way you see it now not every dog is perfect!

These dogs are my favorite breed and one of the smartest

My husky is very cute.She is very very smart and stays in ckld cild weather like the whole night but I leave her inside not to be alone.Her name is Rosy

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9 Catahoula Cur (Leopard Dog)

Catahoula is beyond a doubt the smartest. The trick is to get them at 6 to 8 weeks old, they bond with their humans like no other breed, if you get them past 6 to 8 months old, the bond doesn't seem to be as strong. These dogs are fun and athletic, they love to work & play hard. I've had 3 in my life & all were fully trained to do all basic tricks & commands before they were 4 months old. Start training them young.

Catahoula is also known as the American Indian dog. It's the first dog of the Americas and dates back to the 1500's. They're very smart and very protective of their people. They use them to herd cattle and to hunt bear, wild hogs, and mountain lions.

Smartest and best hunting dog I've ever seen


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10 Shetland Sheepdog Shetland Sheepdog The Shetland Sheepdog, also known as the Sheltie, is a breed of herding dog. The original name of this breed was Shetland Collie, but this caused controversy among the Rough Collie breeders at the time, so the breed's name was formally changed to Shetland Sheepdog.

These dogs should be much higher up, because they are sweet and kind, AND so trainable!

Should be much higher up! They are one of the most trainable breeds I know!

Should be up with the Collies and so very loyal. - elfman73

Great trainable dogs.

The Contenders

11 Papillon Papillon

My Papillon, Misty, short for Mysteriosa, as we did not know what she was at first., was independent from the time she was born. We had to formula feed her as her mother did not have milk. She was raised with another pup, three weeks older who was bigger, and she was very playful became the boss right away. She is twelve now, and not so playful and never lets me out of her sight. She is the oldest of five dogs, and they all are a loving family. She does not romp with the others any more, but prefers her own quiet solitary walks. We live in a small ocean community so can walk freely. She never did like a leash.

They are actually number 8 on the smart list!

I love the fact this was taken from the word "papillion" french for butterfly

12 Beagle Beagle The Beagle is a breed of small-sized hound, similar in appearance to the much larger foxhound. The Beagle is a scent hound, developed primarily for hunting hare.

My Beagle had a vocabulary of over 65 words, names & commands. Knew his left from his right. New black from red playing cards. Was a great hunter and retrieved game as well. He was one smart dog. He learned people's names with one introduction...then went to the person I requested What a dog...RIP


I don't know about other countries, but australia uses them to sniff out drugs trying to be smuggled. they don't actually consume the drugs though -

Beagles are the best there a very playful not to jumpy just right

My grandmas beagle is sort of smart, but a brat. - Lucretia

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13 Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler) Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler) The Australian Cattle Dog, or simply Cattle Dog, is a breed of herding dog originally developed in Australia for droving cattle over long distances across rough terrain.

I adopted a Heeler, Bordercollie mix from an animal shelter who is 2 years and 2 months old. I was very wary about the dog because I have 5 cats and 2 kids. We live on a ranch, minus the animals, well our closet neighbor has a sheep and a couple of donkeys. This is one of the smartest and sweetest dogs I have ever met! We built a special huge kennel to put the dog in when we go to work on good weather days, and the dog doesn't even pee or poop in it's kennel. The first day we brought the dog home, we unleashed it and it stays in the territory of our house. It's great with our cats and kids. It sleeps right next to me on the floor of my bed. Awesome dog!

Very smart dogs! Mine is always such a good boy and I never have to worry about him when I'm away! Within 10 minutes of adopting him, he already knew how to shake, sit, and lie down.

Hands down the most loyal loving and intelligent dog I have ever been around. I have my heeler and my girlfriend has hers. don't have to worry about her when I'm gone. Her dog an abnormally large heeler at 63lbs is as protective as I am. If you disaplin them heavily the first year you will have no worry after that. I have friends that have an over size litter box so they don't even need to take them out to pee. Both of our dogs learned to shake in 2 min

My Aunt has one he's WAY TO OVERWEIGHT

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14 Pug Pug more.

Okay, I ADORE PUGS, but they are not the smartest. Smart, but not the smartest. Still voting, but I gave 2 votes to another dog. - PugLlama

Adorable and amart, pugs are!

Too cute

Most people might think that people like Pugs only because of the cute face but they are alsi very smart and loving dogs. I own a pug and if you think pugs are dumb then you probably never seen one

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15 Jack Russell Terrier Jack Russell Terrier The Jack Russell Terrier is a small terrier that has its origins in fox hunting. It is principally white-bodied and smooth, rough or broken-coated.

My 9 month old Jack is way to smart for his own good, but a very well behave dog, loving and loyal dog.

My dog Doug, who's a jack russel, is probably the stupidest dog I have ever met. But I love him SO MUCH! - Untildawn8

I used to have one he was hyper & he also had heartworms

My girl is so smart and a little stinker

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16 Cocker Spaniel Cocker Spaniel Cocker Spaniels are dogs belonging to two breeds of the spaniel dog type: the American Cocker Spaniel and the English Cocker Spaniel, both of which are commonly called simply Cocker Spaniel in their countries of origin.

I think they are cute and they will growl and bark when others are in danger so that is why they are smart

17 Newfoundland Newfoundland

Newfoundland Wahoo so intelligent without the newfie there would be NO LABS IT WOULD BE SO SAD back then they wanted to breed a smaller version of newfoundland but to make a smaller version they breeder the necks with something else I forgot

We own a Newfoundland (Landseer). She is 135 lbs, sweet, smart, and amazingly elegant and courageous. A wonderful family dog for us. Would highly recommend one for families in cooler climates with access to lakes, rivers, oceans - they LOVE water. We live near the upstate NY area.

18 Shih Tzu Shih Tzu A shih tzu also known as the Chrysanthemum Dog, is a toy dog breed, weighing 10 - 12 pounds when full grown, with long silky hair.

Quick learners, the Shih Tzu can be whatever you want it to be. A real couch potato, or just as much love and energy for the outdoors as a big great dane!

My Shih Tzu is smarter than my Great Dane.

You'll regret your words because they do not


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19 English Bulldog English Bulldog

Seriously? English bulldog number 19? They r one of the stupidest dogs ever

This is the by far smartest breed... okay maybe not, but they're still dope

They are the best and smartest dog in the world!

Ashamed to have English in front, owned by dole claimers and crackheads - elfman73

20 Norfolk Terrier Norfolk Terrier The Norfolk Terrier is a British breed of dog. Prior to gaining recognition as an independent breed in 1960, it was a variety of the Norwich Terrier, distinguished from the "prick eared" Norwich by its "drop ears".
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