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Top 5 Smartest Dog Breeds

    Although most dogs are smart, some breeds stick out more than others when it comes to intelligence. This is mainly because of the tasks their breed has been bred for centuries to do. Before we list a few of the smartest dog breeds I think it is important to note that not every dog of these breeds is guaranteed to be intelligent and not all dogs that aren’t of these breeds are unintelligent. Intelligence depends a lot on genetics but intelligence is never guaranteed. That being said, here are some of the smartest dog breeds in the world.

    #1 Border Collie

    Border Collie

    It is most commonly agreed upon that Border Collies are the smartest dog breed. Originally bred along the England and Scotland border (hence the name Border Collie) these dogs were bred to be independent thinking sheep herders used to control large herds while being away from the human herder. Because of their great ability to think independently, they are great at problem solving and work hard to finish tasks. This makes them great dogs for those that may not want to spend much time training their dog or are away from their dog for large sums of time.

    #2 German Shepherd

    German Shepherd

    There’s a reason these dogs have been commonly used by militaries and police forces all around the world since 1889. They have every quality of a good soldier including exceptional loyalty, confidence, decision making, problem solving, memory, and the physical ability to back it all up. Unlike most dogs, German Shepherds are able to make intelligent decisions for themselves. All these qualifications earn German Shepherds a spot at the top of the list of smartest dog breeds.

    #3 Poodle


    Don’t let their fluffy and sometimes silly appearance fool you. These dogs have been bred for centuries for all types of jobs. From herding sheep to retrieving ducks for duck hunters, these dogs can do it all. They have exceptional thinking and problem solving skills that make them good for almost any job. They are also very loveable and trainable. This makes them great companions for anyone as they also come in many different sizes.

    #4 Australian Cattle Dog

    Australian Cattle Dog

    Australian Cattle Dogs, or Blue Healers, are very intelligent dogs. Just as their name says, they were originally breed in Australia to help ranchers herd cattle. They are incredibly active and hard working. They catch on to tasks very quickly and are very loyal to their owner. Blue Healers are often known to think a little too much which can often get them into things they shouldn’t be getting into. However, if you give them a task and lots of exercise, they will be perfect.

    #5 Labrador Retriever

    Labrador Retriever

    There is a reason Labrador Retrievers are often used as emotional support dogs in hospitals and schools. Not only are they very loving and friendly but they are also very intelligent. They have the ability to pick up on human emotions very quickly. Their great skill as hunting dogs for which they were bred, often makes them the choice of many water rescue crews. They are also known for picking up on tricks very quickly, making them a usual choice for dog sports.

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