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A List of the 100 Smartest Dog Breeds

Updated on January 24, 2016
Border Collies are the smartest breed of dog
Border Collies are the smartest breed of dog

Top 100 Smartest Dogs

Here is a list of 100 of the smartest dog breeds in descending order, with the smartest at the end.

100. Afghan Hound. These gentle giants are quite simple-minded and not known for their brains.

99. Basenji. This small breed is playful, but not too bright.

98 Bulldog. Slobber, obesity, and breathing difficulties add to the list of reasons this breed isn't easy to care for.

97. Chow Chow. While they are known for their poofy hair and black tongues, these K9's aren't the brightest.

96. Russian Wolfhound. C'mon, they're from Russia, give 'em a break.

95. Bloodhound. Their sense of smell makes up for their cognitive weaknesses.

94. Pekingese. Ugly and stupid.

93. Mastiff. Fearless defender of their master, but easily dooped.

92. Beagle. No surprise here. These silly pups aren't that bright.

91. Basset Hound. They look so sad because they know they're dumb.

90. Chinese Crested. Hairless little buzzards.

89. Chihuahua. They don't act smart, and are always attacking bigger victims.

88. Chinese Shar-Pei. Wrinkles usually imply wisdom, but not in this case.

87. English Bulldog. The bulldog with a little more brains, but not much more.

86. Pug. Moving to the middle of the pack.

85. Pomeranian. The little dog with big hair and little brains.

84. Maltese. Too much shedding with no thinking to back it up.

83. Boston Terrier. These little guys love to have fun, but they aren't too teachable.

82. American Pitbull Terrier. While they are known for their strength, these brutes aren't breaking any IQ records.

81. Mini Schnauzer. These little guys are bringing up the rear in the smarter breeds. They are bright and energetic.

80. Shih Tzu. Crazy hair and a crazy mind.

79. Lhasa Apso. Long hair and lots of energy don't always describe a genius.

78. Rat Terrier. Bred to do dirty work, these are capable little energy machines.

77. Bull Terrier. The target dog is a simply adorable little friend.

76. Tibetan Mastiff. A large competent defender.

75. French Bulldog. Their smarts is overshadowed by their French attitude.

74. Skye Terrier. Cute, fun and full of love.

73. Silky Terrier. These are a hairy mess, but brighter than most.

72. Keshond. Just plain ugly.

71. American Hairless Terrier. Grosssss, but smart.

70. Manchester Terrier. Cute little thinking machines.

69. Calvalier King Charles Spaniel. A very regal look, with brains to back it up.

68. Dandie Dinmont Terrier. Say that again.

67. Redbone Coonhound. These hunting dogs use a lot of thinking power to trap prey for their masters.

66. Italian Greyhound. And you thought they just ran fast.

65. Samoyed. Weird looking and smart = NERD.

64. Greyhound. Quick and quick-witted.

63. Whippet. Smaller greyhounds with bigger brains.

62. Welsh Terrier. terriers are bright because they are bred for specific jobs and trainability.

61. Plott Hound. Energy and wit may get them into trouble.

60. Pharaoh Hound. Smart enough to outlast actual Pharaohs.

59. Miniature Pinscher. A ball of energy.

58. Patterdale Terrier. Enjoy these guys, because they enjoy learning.

57. Kerry Blue Terrier. Not actually blue, but actually smart.

56. Harrier. Like the jet??

55. Bedlington Terrier. Sounds British, so it must be smart.

54. American Bulldog. A larger friendly bulldog that is smarter than the rest/

53. West Highland White Terrier. Cute little thinkers.

52. Havenese. Middle of the road as far as brains.

51. Cairn Terrier. Small but smart.

50. Dachsund. Bet you're surprised to see this one.

49. Yorkshire Terrier. Smart or not...they're cute.

48. Irish Red & White Setter. Beautiful and wise.

47. Boxer. Shocked to find these here? Me too.

46. Airedale Terrier. Teddy bears with brains.

45. Belgiun Shepherd. Shepherds need room to run and think.

43. Lakeland Terrier. The bundle of fluff that likes to think.

42. Elkhound. Rare breed of consciousness.

41. Cocker Spaniel. Curly haired and bright.

40. Shiba Inu. Weird name, big brain.

39. Bichon Frise. French name, bigger brain.

38. Parson Russell Terrier. It can be trained pretty easily.

37. Gordon Setter. Gorgeous pup with lots of brains.

36. Field Spaniel. Energetic little fella with lots of love and thought.

35. Newfoundland. A rare mix of big and smart.

34. Pointer. Very intuitive hunting dogs.

33. English Shepherd. Shaggy dog, but pretty smart.

32. Rhodesian Ridgeback. Skinny and smart . . . I'm jealous.

31. Bernese Mountain Dog. A massive dog, with massive brains.

30. Old English Sheepdog. Sheep are dumb, these guys are smart.

29. Bearded Collie. Another shepherding genius.

28. Jack Russell Terrier. Their energy gets them into more trouble than their brains.

27. Weimeraner. They love to run and play.

26. English Springer Spaniel. A great dog for any family.

25. Pembroke Welsh Corgi. Long names breed smart dogs apparently.

24. Irish Setter. Classic beauty meets class act wisdom.

23. German Shorthaired Pointer. A great looking nerd.

21. Alaskan Husky. You gotta be smart to run around the globe.

20. Siberian Husky. Ditto.

19. Alaskan Malamute. Ditto.

18. Collie. Lassie won Emmys because she was smart.

17. Chesapeak Bay Retriever. A great dog for any master.

16. Australian Shepherd. Great thinking meets energetic love.

15. Saint Bernard. Beethoven was a genius after all.

14. Akita Inu. Strange but smart.

13. English Settler. Long-haired, beautiful dog.

12. Great Dane. Scooby wasn't as dumb as he was portrayed.

11. Brittany. The little dog that could think.

10. Australian Cattle Dog. Cattle herding is dangerous, but these guys are smart enough to think on their feet.

9. Rottweiler. Not as mean as they look, they are quite good working dogs.

8. Papillion. Intense hair and intense brains.

7. Labrador Retriever. Smart, attractive dogs.

6. Shetland Sheepdog. These sheep dogs are pretty bright/

5. Doberman Pinscher. They had a bad rap in the 80's, but are great family pets.

4. Golden Retriever. This classic family pet is smart enough to be anyone's pet.

3. German Shepherd. The police don't let just anyone join.

2. Poodle. Quite a surprise, but a smart pup.

1. Border Collie. World's smartest dog breed. They have been widely considered the smartest breed for many decades, and are considered the smartest dog because they have the ability to herd flocks of sheep into predetermined patterns.


Note that the smarter the dog, the easier it will be to train. The dog will remember more commands, and this will also increase their ability to learn new tricks.

Many breeds are well-mannered, or docile, but a select few are quite intelligent. This can also be detrimental, because smart dogs get bored easily and may get into trouble trying to entertain themselves.


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      heatherjasper 4 weeks ago

      Maltese don't shed. They have hair, not fur.

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      8 weeks ago

      I'm offended at some descriptions. 'Ugly and stupid'? 'Just plain ugly' for the keeshonds, which isn't even spelt correctly in this article? They're really beautiful!

      I'm sorry, I just found this article really bias and unhelpful. It would be better if you actually wrote a nice, honest description of every dog breed, instead of an unnecessary opinion. You call dogs gross and ugly, every dog is beautiful and this upset me.

      Once or twice I even wondered whether you actually know what some of these breeds look like... a Samoyed isn't any more weird-looking than an Alaskan Malamute.

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      ReegesC 2 months ago

      I wonder what a list of stubborn dogs would look like? I had black lab that was stubborn as shit. She was lovable as all get out and just as sweet as could be, but man she had a mind of her own, that's for sure. She also liked to take herself for walks. Mind you, she got walked every day, taken to the lake, to the ocean, to the mountains, out for hikes. I used to say she was half lab and half gypsy.

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      nice 2 months ago

      what you have said to some of the people that have commented on you list was mean and unnecessary, especially what you said to Jennifer 4 years ago.

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      Maria Elizaveta 2 months ago

      I've found, after training the top 10 smartest breeds, that the BEST LEARNERS ARE THE MEDIUM INTELLIGENCE DOGS, NOT THE SMART ONES. Smart dogs exist to outwit you. They think, "And what if I refuse?" while you're training. Medium-smart dogs are not thinking up complex, evasive, and devious games while you're trying to demonstrate pack leader & obedience thereunto. Medium IQ dogs are into pleasing you. Full stop. My Boston was best, easiest trained of all breeds. Astonishing learning because, humbly, all he cared about was making me happy. Poodle: THE WORST! At 11 years old, still not potty trained, thinks it's funny to break rules. Sassy attitude and superiority complex are not what you want when you train a breed.

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      Bernice Chan 3 months ago

      I thought Shih Tzu is in 70th place. Is that correct? And a Shih Tzu could actually be quite smart, I watched a video and it could fit puzzle pieces.

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      Sue tgecShihvTzu 3 months ago

      I think this list needs updating lol! The comments made about the Shih Tzu laughable. But, if these dogs are in fact crazy, let's look much closer at why they were be a companion to humans....this should tell us all something. I will say this, I have owned Labs, several different breads, a mixed rescue a setter shepherd mix, and a couple small breads, but the Shih Tzu was the very best, most loving, devoted animal, with the drive to learn anything that pleased us humans, hands down. Maybe it was the blood line from where mine came, but I will have no other dog.

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      Nearrrrd 5 months ago

      How smart are golden doodles

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      hiboii 5 months ago

      pitbulls r smart!

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      Kevin 6 months ago

      First of all, you can at least spell keeshond correctly.

      Secondly being the owner of a kees they are far from ugly

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      Klf 6 months ago

      I have a collie he is so smart but sometimes he just doesn't get it he is sweet and he protects me if there is some sort of threat but there is so much shedding when we brush him the fluff sticks together and looks like another dog but other than that I think it's worth it

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      Brad 6 months ago

      I totally disagree with this list.

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      Sandra 6 months ago

      I own a Chihuahua, a border Collie and a Rottweiler.

      My Chihuahua is the smartest out of all three. He learns tricks immediately and doesn't forget them. He knows and responds to more commands than my Border Collie and Rottweiler. My Border Collie is the least intelligent. I do think he is quite possibly the most dumb Border Collie out there. I do love his dumb quirky personality though. My Rottweiler is pretty intelligent but still has nothing on the Chihuahua. So do not agree with the placement or description of this cute, small but highly intelligent breed

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      Betty 8 months ago

      How are Shiba inu's dumb there so cute

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      Kit 8 months ago

      My Beagle is fat, and stupid, but my Lhasa apso, is actually a pretty smart girl.. Shes just extremely energetic, My old Lhasa who was a boy was also very smart as well (:

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      Christopher Carr 8 months ago

      I'm helping raise an LGD mix -- 3/8 Kangal, 2/8 generic Anatolian Shepherd, and the rest Great Pyrenees.

      Definitely the smartest puppy at 3 months that I've ever been around. There are different areas of dog intelligence -- this girl has very independent, wolf-like intelligence. She's already actively guarding her territory and people, but still occasionally pees on the floor. :-)

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      Adrianna 9 months ago

      You can't be calling dogs ugly,every dog is beautiful if you are saying keeshonds are ugly I disagree the American hairless terrier it isn't gross i think it's quite good looking anyways ots just rude to be be calling animals ugly and gross how would you feel you should be ashamed

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      scott j. kinghill 10 months ago

      I think you should know that 44 is missing;is it the collie?

      we owned and bred Belgian Tervuren Shepherds(you misspelled Belgian);

      The mother moved a pen log to go under and get to her mother-at one week

      old!Her son, the pick of the litter we kept for life as well. He could unlock

      doors, and I once asked him "what is it?" he bumped my hand with his nose,and then the doorknob! When I rubbed his back, if I stopped, he pointed to his back to say, more please? I also played tug of war with him with a tree branch. He stopped, got on my side and pulled the branch around me. Their intelligence is often under rated and overlooked because they are more aloof and energetic than most breeds. They tried to talk, and of course it came out as dog noise, but they did try to talk in their own way.

      By the way, "expert" ,the police use these too, and they were used in Europe

      as well. Ours, especially the male son, was every bit as smart as a border

      collie-no joke!

      Now, regarding German Shepherds, we had a 1/2 German, 1/2 Collie

      who belonged to a prominent Hartford radio celebrity for 4 years.

      She ,I am convinced, was one of the smartest dogs that ever lived!

      She had those rare big sad dilated eyes that could melt your heart like the

      ones in the 1960s impressionist paintings. She was born in 1967 and

      died in 1983. Her father was likely, one of Lassies cousins. You

      don't say much about mixed ones do you? Its a krapthrow I guess.

      She could add numbers and knew to the day and hour when we

      went to Sunday school, and likely impressed our pastor as well with

      her cerebral acumen. Trouble is, how do you explain vacation?She

      said, why aren't we going today?(in her own way). If I made non

      sequitor noises, she would sigh in disgust. Tell me if any dog

      could sigh like a human! Before she died, we took a daytrip to Newport RI

      and she went out to deficate, and tried to stall for time , to try to stop us

      from going.When we left somewhere, she would scatter brick a brack and

      stuff al over , or line it up in order, to protest our absence.

      She once took the largest potato and put it under the pillow of our 1929

      Louis XIV couch! Over and out folks!

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      Jeff 12 months ago

      I must laugh at what this list describes as intelligence. First a dog that gets bored and becomes destructive is not therefore smart. Such a dog lacks the intelligence to know why being destructive is unacceptable behavior. A dog that cannot naturally control its base behavior lacks intelligence.

      Some breeds have much higher emotional IQ's over their counterparts bred to utilize their higher IQ qualities of scent and other base instincts. I think this list has defined certain common select traits over many many others as an indicator of a higher IQ and fails to recognize certain "bad" or undesirable traits as indicative of a low level of intelligence.

      I had a breed mid list. The dog clearly was way above average in its ability to navigate the day and the household. The mood and activities of the family. Had a Very High IQ which is way above getting bored and being destructive. High energy level too.

      Sorry if your dog destroys your house it's not smart and just bored. If a breed has a tendency to destructive behavior it's not showing its high IQ. Yes it may be able to be "trained" to roll over but if it wants to get back to chewing up unapproved socks the rest of the day it lacks on the scale of IQ and clearly should be moved down the list.

      Like most lists this list reflects the typical popularity contests among owners and doesn't reflect true modern scientific methods. For instance the mention by one owner of a Croation dog which no one has ever heard of. Which could be the smartest dog in the world. Yet with only one owner so not enough voices to win the popularity contest.

      I know someone who had the top dog on this list. The dog was drab and laid around most of the time. Except when it went out doors. Then it seemed to like to run around as if it was in a maze. Clearly dumb behavior if it had/served no purpose.

      Just Saying


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      Olivia 13 months ago

      I've owned Maltese for years and have yet to meet one that sheds. And frankly, they're far more intelligent than several of the breeds you listed before them. Please know the dog breeds before you decide to order them :/

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      why is the chihuahua number 89 that dog breed and sometimes they do bark at nothing but the chihuahua is a cute loving dog breed 14 months ago

      Why is the chihuahua number 89 the dog breed is cute and loving and yes sometimes they do bark at nothing but that should not matter I think the chihuahua makes a good guard dog RICHARD ASHBY

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      Emma 18 months ago

      You spelled a lot of the dogs names wrong

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      Basil 18 months ago

      Several missing breeds. eg Kelpie, caucasion sheepard. Australian terrior. After reading how the tests are done I became convinced that some very intelligent dogs I have worked with would have failed. One dog would have worked out that he was being tested and refused to cooperate, if he did not have a reason to be involved

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      MidnightLana 20 months ago

      A Maltese has hair, not fur. Therefore it does not shed! There is a huge difference! And are actually quite quick to learn, and are excellent at reading human emotions...

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      kirstie 2 years ago

      Every dog is Not the same, I no because I trained a lot of different breeds.

      The most intelligent dog iv come across is a standard Pomeranian and spitz dogs. U need all facts before jumping to conclusions...............

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      Wayne 2 years ago

      Pitbulls are among the smartest breeds out there. Just because you don't understand what the animal is telling you, doesn't make the animal dumb, it makes YOU the dumb one!

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      Andrew 2 years ago

      I knew Yorkies were cute and smart

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      somma 2 years ago

      i thought you were talking about the training for the bulldog, not the spit. and plus your little pooch isn't that easy either, and they're so ugly.

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      jhrgfj 2 years ago

      maltese don't shed ! and they are very playful, just maybe not the smartest.

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      MYHeart2dogs3 2 years ago

      After I've read this list the 2nd time I've noticed that shh tzus is number 80 on the list I do not think they are crazy although I do agree on the crazy haired part but still I had a shh tzu and I loved her and she wasn't crazy or I didn't think she was dumb she even listened to most of my commands

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      John 2 years ago

      My dog didn't even make the list? Oh well. (Karelian Bear Dog)

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      Kate 2 years ago

      This is the most inaccurate thing I've read in a while.

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      Erica 3 years ago

      Pit bulls are highly intelligent and so are many of the dogs you said are ugly and stupid, this list is very wrong and misleading, sounds like you made everything up after about #10... To the other people offended by this, should go to a website with real facts, and you are ignorant for the things you have wrote to these people on comments. I'm disappointed in this list truly.

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      Life Made! 3 years ago

      Thank you to the author if this list for your comments. I am seriously in love with this! Thanks for making me laugh!

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      Hannah 3 years ago

      Well i was actual y thinking of saving a pomeranian dog at the pound.

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      Deb 3 years ago

      We have a Papillion

      and she is very smart plus she is a real cutie!

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      Pongo 3 years ago

      Since Dalmatians are also smart dogs i wonder why its not on this top 100 , because i don't think that a Bulldog are smarter then Dalmatian , which makes me question this list of yours .

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      Loo loo 3 years ago

      Wow that is amazing how you can make that list but I have a beagle and she is pretty smart

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      Kathy 3 years ago

      Heather I totally agree with you. I was pretty shocked to see where the pitbull ranked but than again not so much because they have such a bad rep. I adore pits and I am around them a lot. They are very smart dogs. They are very very trainable. Every trick I've ever taught my dog he has learned after showing him only once or twice. He knows so many words. I can say things like nail clippers and he knows exactly what I am saying lol and he runs away. I love him so much. So many pits are rescued from fighting rings and can be trained to be good family dogs again. Whether people want to believe it or not it happens all the time

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      James 3 years ago

      I had a Boston Terrier that was extremely intelligent. In all seriousness you could show her something once and she knew from that point on. She learned how to open doors by watching us. I think she thought she was a person. Everyone was always so impressed with everything about her and surprised. There were people we knew

      that wanted to get one because of her not realizing she was far above the typical Boston. A few of them did and were in fact disappointed that theirs didn't turn out to be like her. We even got another one so she would have company and this one was totally different from her as well - not even close. You could tell the extreme difference between them. I really believe she was one in a million in her breed. I had a German Shepherd before I got her and she was more intelligent by him by far which would seem impossible but it's true.

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      Silverlight 3 years ago

      I own a year old Border Collie/Australian Cattle Dog mix, he's one of the most intelligent and best dogs I've ever seen. I didn't need a list to know he is made up of two smart breeds, but I was curious as to what the Cattle Dog's rank was, and am pleased that it made it so high on the list. Heh, I have quite a few Chihuahuas, they defiantly are not the brightest dogs, but they are good for companionship. Although my mom owns a long haired Chihuahua, who is anything but dumb.

      By the way, you didn't mention the Duck Trolling Retriever in this list. I used to own one when I was a little girl. They are an uncommon dog, originally from Canada, and have a high IQ.

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      Knowledge>Power 4 years ago from USA

      Hahahahaha you're an idiot go write your own list lol

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      Chad 4 years ago

      Why are some people so offended by this list? While some of the comments next to the name may say something about being dumb, they really aren't. The list isn't saying that your dog is too dumb to learn something, its just saying that its harder to train that dog. Just because your dog might be low on the list, it doesn't mean your dog can't be trained to things.

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      Belinda 4 years ago

      I believe this list isn't accurate. Basenji is #99, but they are very intelligent. Because they're independent and want to please themselves before their owners makes them dumb? I don't think so. Leave a basenji alone and bored, and they will destroy your house because they are curious and need to keep their mind going. And some of your descriptions after the breeds are offensive.

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      Brett 4 years ago

      Kerry Blue terriers should not be on this list, I love them but they're absent-minded

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      mariami 4 years ago

      Pekingese ugly and stupid ?

      why ?

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      Nicole 4 years ago

      I agree with the first few dogs for being highly smart. However i don't agree with the dogs they portray as dumb,i have been around a few of these dogs and they are much smarter,beagle's included. Instead of worrying about what people think of the prettiest dog or other non professional opinions and get the facts straight before posting something like this. Many of the breeds you put as dumb or have little brains is untrue.

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      Lindsay 4 years ago

      I still have yet to understand in what ways the Labrador Retriever is intelligent. I have owned one and many of my friends own them. They are always happy and giving every ounce of love they have, but what makes them smart? Is it the fact that they will bring anything you throw back to you? My Chihuahuas do that. I'm not trying to rile anyone up. I sincerely want to know, because in the 17 years I owned mine and being around my friends' labs I haven't seen intelligence above and beyond other dogs.

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      Heather 4 years ago

      Ive owned many PitBull Terriers, and I can tell you what they have in strength, they have just as much IQ, they are very smart dogs. I don't know where you got your information from, but it is wrong about the pittie. I don't expect them to be number 1 or anything, but you said they lack IQ....I question this list entirely based on your reasoning of "ditto" on the husky and malamute...I don't see how "ditto" means a dog is smart. Just my opinion.

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      Tara 4 years ago

      what happened to the coton de tulear they're highly intelligent

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      He He 4 years ago

      OMG! My dog is so smart. I'm so happy! Ah, nevermind.

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      Some One 4 years ago

      The beagle is a very smart dog. i own a beagle the is very rare and very important.He has different eye color.But still i disagree with the list because beagles are very intelligent dogs

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      Markie W 4 years ago

      My dog's number 47 on the list! My other one (chihuahua) isn't on here at all... I expected him to get way higher ratings than my boxer for sure lol. Interesting hub.

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      Knowledge>Power 4 years ago from USA

      Your ignorance of the breeding process is evident. When cross breeding takes place, certain traits are amplified (stubby legs, longer nose, hair color). While at the same time other not so pleasing traits are amplified (sickness, demeanor, and yes, Cognitive ability).

      Across the board, Border collies are smarter and more capable of training than a boxer. This isn't dependent on one dog. The entire breed has proven to be the smartest dog. Go to YouTube and watch a border collie herd sheep in a designated pattern. Then ask yourself if your Dalmatian is capable of that?

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      edith 4 years ago

      this is so's like saying chinese people are smarter than's up to the individual dogs they used for the test

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      Debbie88 4 years ago

      I had a champion bloodline pekinese who was red and gorgeous and she was far from ugly or stupid, some peks may be but not the one i had, genes play a big role and genetic defects make any breed a problem, I didn't know the papilion was any smarter than a pomeranian, are you sure this is accurate. I have seen a few welsh corgi's and they were far from bright, less so than the pekinese who were royal dogs and guarded the king back in the day, I may agree with the lasa apsa but oh they are cuddely little creatures.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      I agree about the Boston Terrier. They are really very playful.

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      Knowledge>Power 4 years ago from USA

      It's too bad you aren't a grammar expert. It would make you easier to take seriously.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago

      I do not think that this list is accurate. I am a dog expert and I know for a fact that this list is wrong and misleading.

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      RDRDogman 4 years ago

      I believe they got it right with the top three (Border Collie, Poodle and GSD), although there are those who will argue that the title was based from the Poodle to the Border Collie for PC reasons [the poodle was long known to be the smartest breed forever until a few years back (not decades) ]. The dogs I believe deserve to be much higher on the list are the Bearded Collie (absolutely), Collie, English Shepherd (33? give me a break), Belgian Shepherd (45? anyone with dog-sense knows this canine should be in the top 5). I won’t get into the dogs which received underserved high ratings [i.e., Papillion #8 (I guess someone said to be fair a small dog has to be in the top 10) ], however, it appears with the folks charged with the responsibility of rating these pooches, perhaps toiled endlessly over the top 10, then put less effort into establishing the remaining 90 breeds. Additionally, the remaining 90 breeds appeared to be ranked not by intelligence, however, by strategic placement to placate the various breed fanciers.

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      Knowledge>Power 4 years ago from USA

      I've never heard of that breed. Thanks for the info

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      vladimir 4 years ago

      Probably many of you didn't hear about Croatian shepherd dog because this dogs are mostly present only in Southeast Europe (former Yugoslavia area). Croatian shepherd is also very smart, intelligent and energetic dog. Very respectful toward his owner.

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      Dawn Ross 4 years ago

      Great list! My Maya is #7. My Pierson is probably Australian Shepherd mix and is #16. However, Pierson learns a lot quicker than Maya does. I suspect he has a mix of Border Collie too, and possibly some other breed.

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      Knowledge>Power 4 years ago from USA

      I've had 2 Boston terriers. The list isn't saying they are dumb. It just means there are dogs that are smarter than Boston's.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago

      Excuse me how and where did you get the information for this list. I am very offended that Boston Terriers are number 83 on the list of smartest dogs. I have to tell you that if you have never owned a Boston Terrier then you have no right to say how smart they are. I have 3 Boston Terriers and they are Very Very Smart and they are very very Teachable. And yes they love to have fun.

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      Guest 4 years ago

      Where's the research behind this list?

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      Mike A 4 years ago

      I have worked with dogs for a long time. Boxers and Lhasa Apsos should be at the bottom of the list. Their owners usually aren't much brighter.

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      no 4 years ago

      shih tzus arent crazy!!

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      Knowledge>Power 4 years ago from USA

      If their owner's grammar is any indication, I'd have to disagree with you. Kudos

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      Sarah Wong 4 years ago

      wtf is this list it seems some one just made this up because I own 2 boxers and there not dumb they so would pass a IQ test there the smartest dogs out there and there way better looking then any of these dogs and they can out wit there owner if the owner was not me :) Boxers rule and there far from stupid !

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      rbm 4 years ago

      I always wondered how they come up with that list. Very interesting to read though, thanks! Voted up and interesting.

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      Knowledge>Power 4 years ago from USA

      very true, smart dogs get bored easily, which can lead to curious (and destructive) behavior

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      peanutroaster 4 years ago from New England

      Down side of smart dogs is you have to work harder to keep them from getting bored.

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      Linda B 5 years ago

      Maltese dogs do not shed.

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      kangal 5 years ago

      The Kangal Dog is regarded as the national breed of Turkey, originating from the Kangal district in Sivas Province. The Kangal, which weighs 100�175 lbs (45�80 kg) fully grown,[1] was originally used as a livestock guardian dog. It is of an early mastiff type with a solid, pale tan or sabled coat, and with a black mask.

      The breed is often referred to as a sheep dog, but distinction has to be made in regards to its function not as a herding dog, but as a flock guardian that lives with the flock to actively fend off wolves, bears and jackals. The Sivas Kangal Dog's protectiveness, loyalty and gentleness with small children and animals has led to its growing popularity as a guardian for families as well, as it regards people as its "flock" and guards them with extreme devotion.

      A working Kangal on duty will station itself on a high vantage point overlooking its flock. On hot days, the dog will dig itself a hollow in the ground to keep cool. Novices learn by staying close to older dogs. The dogs will work in pairs or teams depending on the size of the flock, taking up positions around the sheep and changing their positions as needed. The intensity of their patrols around the sheep increases at nightfall.

      When suspicious, a Kangal will stand with its tail and ears erect and give an alarm call, inciting the sheep to gather around it for protection. The Kangalâ��s first instinct is to place itself between the perceived threat and the sheep or master. Once the sheep are safely behind it, the Kangal confronts the intruder. When faced with a wolf, the Kangal sometimes is successful in intimidating the enemy, but it will resort to a physical confrontation if the predator stands its ground.[1] Specialized wolf killers are known as "kurt�§ul kangal" in their homeland.