A List of the 100 Smartest Dog Breeds
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.