Scientists set out to find which breeds of dogs are the smartest out there and you may be curious too. If your dog’s breed is not on the list, don’t worry, this is a generalized list made about general breeds and their abilities to learn new commands, not their abilities to be a good pet or to love you and your family.
10) Australian Cattle Dog – The Australian Cattle Dog is an Australian herding dog bred to control groups of cattle. They are very energetic and have minds as active as their muscular bodies. They are naturally curious and left to their own devices without proper exercise can be quite destructive.
9) Rottweiler – The Rottweiler is a very large herding dog originally from Germany. Rottweilers are strong, smart and self-assured. Though they have recently gotten a negative association in the media, an aggressive or misbehaving Rottweiler is almost always due to irresponsible owners, lack of socialization, abuse or neglect. Rotties are affectionate, loving and eager to please.
8) Papillon – The Papillon is a friendly, graceful toy breed. Known for their butterfly-like ears (Papillon is French for butterfly), Papillons are hardy and smart and it is not often known that they have great athletic ability. Great dogs for living in the city, they are quick to learn, making them easy to train.
7) Labrador Retriever – The Labrador Retriever is one of a few kinds of retriever, a kind of gun dog. The Lab is the most popular breed of dog in the US and in the world. It is also the most popular breed for service dogs. Affectionate, gentle, energetic and intelligent, Labradors are one of the most obedient and reliable breeds in the world.
6) Shetland Sheepdog – The Shetland Sheepdog (or a sheltie) is a small breed from the Shetland Islands of Scotland. Very loyal to their owners and willing to please, Shelties have thick double coats that come in many different colors and marking patterns. Shelties are vocal herding dogs and for this reason can be trained to be excellent guard dogs!
5) Doberman Pinscher – The Doberman Pinscher is energetic and intelligent and often trained to be guard or watch dogs. Though they have gotten a bad rap about their temperament, with a good owner they make excellent family dogs and will even get along with cats.
4) Golden Retriever – The Golden Retriever is a type of gun dog bred to help in hunting. One of the most popular breeds for families, the Goldie is an affable and obedient pet. They are often found as working dogs used for search and rescue, police or as a guide dog. Trusting and energetic, Goldies can get along with just about everyone.
3) German Shepherd – The German Shepherd is a large herding dog from Germany. You often seen German Shepherds used as police dogs as they are smart and obedient. They were specifically bred for their intelligences and can learn commands very easily.
2) Poodle – The Poodle is a gun dog that may have originated from France, though the exact origin is unclear. Poodles come in a variety of sizes from toy to miniature to standard. Poodles are recognizable for their thick curly hair that is often cut into distinctive clips for aesthetics or show. Very athletic dogs, poodles are energetic and good family dogs.
1) Border Collie – The Border Collie is considered the most intelligent breed of dog. Herding dogs originally from England or Scotland, the Border Collie is energetic and eager to work. Border Collies prefer to have a job to do and are best suited for living on farms with livestock or with someone devoted to working them. Loving and devoted, Border Collies are not necessarily suited to households with small children and work best with one handler.