There are dog breeds who are more intelligent than the others. These dog breeds can quickly learn tricks and are highly trainable, but they can also be challenging to take care of.
These dog breeds are among the most intelligent in the world according to professor Stanley Conen. Find out if your dog is included on this list!
The Border Collie is considered the most intelligent among the dog breeds. Although they are commonly used as a herding dog, Border Collies are also quite successful at obedience and agility competitions. As a highly intelligent and trainable dog, a Border Collie needs constant exercise and tricks to keep it stimulated.
The poodle is not just beauty, but also brains! Considered the second most intelligent after the Border Collie, this dog is also exceptionally active. As a water dog, the poodle is originally bred for retrieving things from the water.
It’s no wonder that these dogs are almost always used as guard dogs, police dogs, military dogs and search-and-rescue dogs. German Shepherds are known for their intelligence, trainability and obedience. The world’s third most intelligent dogs are also super-protective of their masters!
The fourth most intelligent dog is also friendly, gentle, patient, sociable and very eager to please! Golden Retrievers are specifically bred for swimming and retrieving. But because of their disposition also, they also make ideal companions for the disabled as well as excellent guides in search-and-rescue missions.
The Doberman Pinscher is not just known for its intelligence but also for its speed and stamina. But it has a tendency to become aggressive. Like the German Shepherd, the world’s fifth smartest pooch is also trained as a police dog or a military dog.
Don’t underestimate its small size and prettiness — the “Sheltie” is the sixth most intelligent dog. This miniature Collie is a working and herding dog with a nice long coat.
Like the Golden Retriever, the Labrador Retriever is smart, kind, gentle and easygoing. The seventh most intelligent dog is naturally excellent in retrieving things and is an indefatigable swimmer. The “Lab” also makes an ideal family dog, disability dog, therapy dog, and search-and-rescue dog. However, it is not suitable as a guard dog due to its gentle, trusting disposition, even towards total strangers.
This adorable butterfly-eared pooch is the eighth most intelligent dog in the world. It is also known for its alertness and friendliness. Never aggressive nor shy, the Papillon is otherwise a happy and adventurous little dog.
The ninth most intelligent dog in the world has an appealing combination of calmness, confidence and courage. The Rottweiler is also a powerful breed who loves to do something purposeful. That’s why this breed is excellent in guarding, police work, therapy, guiding the disabled, detection, as well as search-and-rescue work.
The Australian Cattle Dog is the tenth most intelligent dog in the world. It is an energetic, active and independent breed, like most working dogs.