• The 5 Smartest Dog Breeds

    • Cottonn Gunnee

      My dachaund is a genius

      • Linda van Maanen

        It´s dachshund….

      • PrincessJones

        I can tell by the fact that she let you dress her up like that. ;p

    • Michelle Buenzli

      Not sure how performance in training is necessarily the only determiner for “smart.” For example, terrier breeds are really smart but don’t give a crap about obedience and training!

      • Richard Clark

        Wow, that’s for darn sure!

      • PrincessJones

        I agree that intelligence is multi-faceted, even in animals. I have two Aussies and my male is much more obedient than the female, but we tend to think of her as the smarter one because she is very good at figuring out how to get what she wants lol. And if I say “Come”, the male comes right away. She looks at me, thinks about what’s in it for her (trust me, I can see the wheels turning), and then comes if she decides it’s in her best interest. If they were people, which one would we say is the smarter one? :)

      • Beth Rapp

        I have a Boston Terrier named Annie.My son had a tightly closed plastic corner locking container of doughnuts he hid from his brother on the top shelf that runs around the bedroom up by the roof.Ann had jumped from the ground to a toybox to the bed to a bookcase to the shelf by the ceiling to get to them,gotten the box open,and eaten 4,and taken bites out of the last 2, all without leaving a mark of any kind on thepackage.It showed clear multistep processing and acting. She is usually so well trained that people say she is better behaved than most kids.I would also say Ger.Shepards, ,Border Collies,.Aus.Shepards, Labs would be my list for the smartest.My parents border Collie was so smart that after awhile,you couldn’t even spell some words in front of her,and she could tell the difference between vehicles,and who drove which truck,even if there were 3 in the driveway,

    • Chuck Davis

      The lab isn’t in this but the Pinscher is??? BS!

    • Donya Burnitt Singletary

      you forgot about the Sheltie and the Chihuahua

      • Nematocyte

        Sheltie, sure, but Chihuahuas are some of the dumbest dogs on the planet.

        • PrincessJones

          I have never met a Chihuahua that wasn’t either an a-hole or a spaz. Or both. But, as with any breed, I think that’s more due to the owners than the dogs. (Not Donya of course. I’m sure she’s a responsible Chihuahua owner. :) )

        • Donya Burnitt Singletary

          Thanks for the vote of confidence but you are correct MOST dogs are more of a vote for the owner than the dog I have seen just as many stupid German Shepherds and others breeds as I have Chihuahuas but it is the time spent and the inbreeding not the breed

    • Tara Schwenker

      I SO disagree with the Golden. I Have NEVER met one with a brain. They are pretty, but dumb as the day is long. Must be a mistake. Where do you get you fact from?

      • Linda van Maanen

        They´re dumb? Is that why they’re used for so many ‘dog jobs’? Because they’re dumb? I don’t think so….

        • Tara Schwenker

          I have one, and compared to all the other breeds they do not belong in the top 5. Great dogs, but not worthy of top 5

          • Shawn

            You can’t judge the breed by one Tara… for instance, I’ve grown up with a White English Bulldog, that was one of the smartest dogs I’ve owned.. It’s not on the list. and I agree with Tara, Goldens are used many times as service dogs so yes they’re definitely smart. You can’t just expect them to do things without training them though.

            • Tara Schwenker

              I am not saying they are the dumbest, but not worthy of top 5. Belgian Tervurens and Malinois, Beagles, Jack Russels, Flat Coated Retrievers and Ridge Backs are smarter,

            • David Goldeneyes Hautamaki

              Beagles are actually incredibly low on the list of working intelligence, in fact, almost last. Every other breed you mention doesn’t even make it into the top 10. For claiming to having an informed standpoint, you’re not very informed. The list is based off a scientific experiment devised by Dr. Stanley Coren. He measures 100+ breeds working and obedience intelligence (a dogs ability to learn from humans) by how quickly they learn a new command and obey a first command. Coren admits that the test is weighted toward the working breeds, however, other tests yield similar results. There are different aspects to canine intelligence, this list just measures one.

            • PrincessJones

              Then the article (or whatever this is) is written poorly. It should say, “Top 5 most obedient dogs” or “The Top 5 Easiest to Train Dogs.”

            • PrincessJones

              I think the key word is “pliable.” That tends to be what is used as the main criteria for being intelligent by those who make up these lists. But yeah, I was surprised to see them selected for the top 5 over many other breeds who seem to be known as more intelligent (I don’t know about beagles though….).

              Interestingly, you never seem to see lesser known dogs on these lists. It makes me wonder if they are truly evaluating all breeds.

            • Cindy Alexander

              I believe shelties are right there with the border collies, very intelligent and in tune with their people. They’ve always been close to the poodle in intelligence. I’ve had both, poodles as a kid and shelties as an adult.

      • Barb

        Are you kidding? Goldens are the smartest breed ever! We’ve had experience with three of them and they were the smartest, best trained and very fine-tuned to anyone who was sick in the family.

    • Smeethow

      I put them in a slightly different order. But I’m biased.

    • Richard Clark

      I have a German Shorthair Pointer mix, and he’s the smartest dog I’ve ever had. I had a cockapoo once who was dumb as a brick, but she was full of love!

    • Sharon Weaver Hernandez

      I’m not saying it because I have had pits bull as pets, they are really smart if you work with them..I have one now and really I think he can read my mind..Not really, but he is extremely smart…Any dog can be smart if you work with them..When I got my pit he was wild and didn’t listen..I worked with him daily and he has become a wonderful pet..

    • Lisa Goodfellow

      Personally I think Boxers should be in the top 5. My dog Tequilla is way smarter than any dog I’ve ever had, she knows what we are going to do before we even tell her or show her anything. This is MY opinion, everyone has their fav. breed.

      • Janetta Conner

        I agree I have a boxer mix with Italian grey hound and she is very smart and we have to spell words like bone and bath and she is learn what those word are now…lol

        • Lisa Goodfellow

          soon enough she will understand what you are spelling….then trying to trick them is NOT easy…lol

      • frank jackson

        A couple of years ago my boxers started barking for no apparent reason. I went outside and found a couple of head of cattle had gotten onto the property. Got in my truck with one of the dogs and the other was along side the truck and we went to where the rest of the herd was. Totaled about 30 head of cattle, mostly black Angus steers. While I was driving to where they were I was talking out loud to the one in the truck I told her I would like her and her sister to drive the herd to the gate which would open and then out the gate. Neither dog had ever seen a cow or steer before. When we got to the gate, I got out of the truck and the one that was outside had gone up to see what these big black things that were on HER property were. Her sister (the one in the truck) went up to her and they stood nose to nose for about 10 seconds. Meanwhile I opened the gate and hollered ‘OK Girls’. They started barking and herded the cattle down toward me and then out of the gate, just like I wanted. I closed the gate and had to call them back. To this day, if cattle gets within 300 feet of the property line, they are out there herding them together and away.

    • Dave Martin

      Australian Shepherds?

    • Brian Shanabrough

      Rat Terriers ?? Mine are smarter than most people I know.

      • PrincessJones

        Most dogs period are smarter than most people lol.

    • James Walsh

      Border collies rule!

    • Lorielle Sisson

      I would have to add Australian Shepherds. I believe that are as smart or more smart than Border Collies…plus easier to live with! :)

      • Beth Rapp

        Both breeds are very bright,and very loyal.Our Australian Shepard was much calmer than our Border Collie,tho we found out from working with Tiny’s brother that males seem to be not as bright and harder to train.

    • caroline

      Yet a mixture of border collie and poodle is as dumb as a stump, lol.

      • Sierra Hawkins

        I also have a poodle border collie mixed, but ours is smart

    • disqus_yV4sL9LlDL

      I don’t know where the boxer got lost in this crowd, but he did! Maybe #6 :-)

    • CaptSensible

      Our poodle demands a recount!

    • Janet Marcoux

      Shetland Sheepdogs (Shelties) should have been in the top 5 because they rank right up there in intelligence.

    • Norma Searls

      This is so true I have 2 dobes, very very smart and they never forget what they have learned even from a pup, they are13 and 9 very loveable too.

    • Guest

      Sio true, Our shepherd mix, Sammie, was definitely smarter than our 2 Labradorks. Even though we love them so. TSammie was smart because she learned much quicker than the Labs.

    • Christine Mattson Carlson

      So true, Our shepherd mix, Sammie, was definitely smarter than our 2 Labradorks. Even though we love them so much. Sammie was smarter – she learned much quicker than the Labs and knew probably 30 words or more. Knew people’s names and when they came to visit which door they came in front or back. If you asked Where’s George – she’d go to the side door (we had band practice every week and that’s where they came in to basement) Where’s dad? She would go to the back door/window. Who’s there, she’d go to the front door. She also knew the names of her toys, ball, bone, hedgehog, etc.

    • Christine Mattson Carlson

      Sammie also knew commands like go to bed, go upstairs, go to sleep, and other things that the labs take way longer to figure out. They still don’t know where’s the kitty, (we have a cat), even though the one lab we’ve had for almost 5 years. They still look out the window like a couple of dimwits when the cat is right there in the room. Sammie knew exactly what I was talking about.

    • Karen Stenersen

      my mixed breed doggie is an absolutely the smartest !

    • Maxx Grape Juice Welches


      • PrincessJones

        ???? No Aussie in these photos. Unless you’re saying that Aussie’s are the smartest and should be on the list, in which case I agree. But I’m biased. :)

        • Maxx Grape Juice Welches

          you are correct and I am biased too

    • Colleen Edgington

      Whoop Whoop, I love my poodles!

    • Jim Kalmakoff

      what about the “shi-tzu” where do they rank on the “intelligence” scale?

    • Jim Kalmakoff

      what are the intelligence sale for “cats”?

      • PrincessJones

        They are too smart to allow humans to test their intelligence. 😉

      • Beth Rapp

        Cats constantly get a bum rap because they are independent yet loving and loyal.

      • Brian Shanabrough

        CAT DIARY!
        DAY 973 OF CAPTIVITY.

        My captors continue to taunt me
        with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat,
        while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets.
        Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I
        nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

        The only thing that keeps me going
        is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit
        on the carpet. Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body
        at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts,
        since it clearly demonstrates my capabilities. However, they merely made
        condescending comments about what a “good little hunter” I am. Bastards!

        There was some sort of assembly of
        their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the
        duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the
        food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of
        “allergies.” I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my

        Today I was almost successful in
        an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his
        feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow, but at the top
        of the stairs.

        I am convinced that the other
        prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special
        privileges. He is regularly released, and seems to be more than willing
        to return. He is obviously retarded. The bird must be an informant. I
        observe him communicate with the guards regularly. I am certain that he
        reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for
        him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now …

    • arcaller

      Yorkshire terriers are very.smart.. I know I have one.

    • 1n50mniac

      Akitas are just as smart as German shepherds. ..albeit more independent so I guess that’s why they are always snubbed. I think they are very intelligent. …

    • Beth

      Just FYI, this is not from the official AKC site but rather the mobile site. This is not the correct order.

    • Kyla Maddox

      Kinda puzzled that no smaller dogs were included… Terriers are VERY smart. I have a yorkie-doxie mix and he is extremely intelligent…

    • Shirley Ujest

      Don’t want to be a “downer,” but missing my beautiful GSD Max right now; he was SO smart, but I guess his owner wasn’t. Nosebleeds 9/21 and 9/28; internal medicine vet said “probably” fungus (MRI and pathology said no tumor, and fungus was not truly confirmed). Vet wanted $3500-5000 for a nasal/sinus procedure (after the $3200 I’d spent for “diagnosis,”) and I couldn’t afford more; Plan B was Itraconazole x 3 months (@ $550 per bottle). Started the meds 10/11/13; Max was put down on 11/3/13 – after only 3 weeks on this medication. Fluids leaking out of his guts into his abdomen, dehydration. Loss of appetite only 3 days earlier, a bit more drinking. Seemed fine until Sat PM, when he came in from outside a bit doubled over, shaking, walking oddly. Gone Sunday AM. I am devastated.

      • Tony

        I’m so sorry Shirley! I teared up a bit, because I can’t imagine losing my baby, but I do know one day (hopefully not soon) I will. I had a Rottweiler who I had to put down in 2007 because of cancer, and it devastated me for weeks. She was a beautiful, loving and sweet dog, and talk about smart! I thought I’d never be able to get over her, and I didn’t get another dog until two years ago when I brought my German Shepherd puppy home after weeks of visiting him and wanting to just snatch him up. After two years, we’re inseparable, and he’s been one of the best dogs I’ve ever had. German Shepherds have always been my favorite breed, followed by Rottweilers. They are both sweet, loving, loyal and so SO easy to train if you know how.

        Reading your story just makes me more thankful for the time I have with my dog, because it always seems like their time with us is so short. Nothing can replace what each dog gives us. People often tell me “man you spend so much money on your dog!” I always reply that I do because he deserves the world for giving me so much companionship and a constant friend when I’m feeling lonely. A dog is a being that is always by your side when they are able, always so happy when you come home because you’re the world to them, and they are almost always so intuitive that they know when you’re sick or sad and behave accordingly. We only get a little while with them, and it’s up to us to make sure they have the best life we can offer. It sounds like you did just that. THey are family, and it’s losing a family member when they pass away.

        Take all the time you need to mourn, and don’t listen when people say “oh just get another dog and you’ll be fine,” because those people have no idea what the heck they are talking about. You’ll get a new dog when you’re ready, because no dog can just “replace” a beloved pet. Not even a dog you get later, you’ll still always remember your dogs and tear up every now and then when you talk about them. I know I still do when I talk about my rottie.

    • Michelle Morris

      Lab all the way~ I have 3 and they are all extremely intelligent and perceptive to their humans :)

    • Randi Gleichenhaus Pakula


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