Every dog owner likes to think they have the smartest, cleverest dog. Did you know there are actually some breeds of dogs that really are more intelligent? In this post, we'll look at the top 10 breeds based on intelligence. Don't worry if your dog's breed isn't found on the list. Believe it or not, having a dog that is smart as a whip isn't necessarily an advantage :-)
Dogs that possess a higher intelligence get bored easily if they don't have appropriate activites and stimulation. They tend to be more work because of this and not having daily stimulation can cause behavior problems.
Beginning with the 10th most intelligent dog, the results are...
10.) Australian Cattle Dog
As the breed name suggests, these dogs were originally herd dogs. This breed is happiest when given tasks or work to do, and require daily exercise and mental stimulation.
Many people view the Rottie as a fearsome dog that is prone to attack. The fact is, Rotties can make great family pets, and they're very intelligent as well. They do need to be trained, but most Rottweilers learn quickly.
Papillons are number 8 on our list. They tend to be easy to train and they are fiercely loyal and protective dogs.
7.) Labrador Retriever
For anyone that owns a Lab, it is probably no surprise that they're one of the top 10 smartest dogs. Labs are gentle and have a good nature. They socialize easily with family members and other pets, making them a great choice for a family dog. Like the other dogs on this list, they do need regular exercise and mental stimulation. Labs are prone to obesity if not given proper exercise.
6.) Shetland Sheepdog
Another breed that was originally bred for herding, the Shetland Sheepdog has been used for both cattle and sheep herding. This type of dog doesn't possess some of the better social skills that other breeds have. While still a great pet, they may do better in a home without other pets or small children.
Another dog that can strike fear in someone's heart, should you come across one that is loose, the Doberman can indeed be a tempermental breed. If trained properly, Dobermans can still make great family pets. They will do fine with children as well, despite their reputation.
4.) Golden Retriever
One of my favorite breeds, Goldens are much like Labrador Retrievers. They have a gentle, kind spirit and make terrific pets. You can trust them around children and other household pets, and being very intelligent, they are easy to train. Goldens are very loyal and loving companions and make a great addition to any home.
3.) German Shepherd
Often associated with K9 units and police work, Germans are extremely intelligent. They also make great family pets and are good with children. They are happiest when kept busy, and require some type of work or mental stimulation often to prevent boredom or depression. Germans, like all dogs, are pack animals. They especially need a strong pack leader from an early age to be the happiest.
This may actually be a surprise to a lot of people. Poodles are the 2nd smartest dog breed. Poodles are extremely protective of their owners and can become vicious if they feel their owner or territory is being threatened. Due to this, poodles aren't always the best choice for a family with small children. They will thrive in an environment where they receive a lot of attention, as they prefer not to be left alone.
1.) Border Collie
The fact that the Border Collie is the smartest dog breed is no surprise to me. My dog is half Black Lab, half Border Collie, and I can assure you, sometimes she's too smart for her own good! Because of their intelligence, Border Collies are extremely active dogs. They require plenty of playtime, as well as mental stimulation. Border Collies excel in trials and competitions and are happiest when they have a "job" to do. Congrats to all you Border Collie owners - you have the most intelligent dog in the world!