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The 16 Smartest Dogs Breeds

There are dogs recognized with most breeds. Learn about the characteristics and dog's behaviors of your dog's breed and group.

1. Great Pyrenees

It's no wonder that the Great Pyrenees is sometimes compared to a polar bear because of its size, strength, and thick, fluffy white coat. At the shoulder, the Great Pyrenees stand between 25 and 32 inches tall. Males may weigh far over 100 pounds, while females average approximately 85 pounds. These canines have deep, intelligent eyes that are deep in brown.

Great Pyrenees are intelligent, serious dogs who thrive in large spaces and make great protectors and family companions. Their long, flowing white coats and pensive looks distinguish them from other breeds. These enormous, strong, calm, and intelligent dogs were bred to protect sheep from ferocious predators in the Pyrenees highlands.

 The thick coat of the Great Pyrenees gives the tall impression of heavier bone and stature.

The thick coat of the Great Pyrenees gives the tall impression of heavier bone and stature.

2. Cockapoo

It's no wonder that the cockapoo is one of the most popular crossbreeds in the United States, with the intellect of a poodle and the loving personality of a cocker spaniel. They are low-shedding, easy-to-love dogs that can be found in a variety of colors and sizes to suit any family's needs.

Cockapoos can grow to be 6–9 pounds when fully mature. They're still not that huge at their biggest; they may weigh up to 19 pounds, which means they're wonderful for a sofa snuggle but can also keep up with bigger playmates. The cockapoo is an affectionate and cheerful creature who showers love on everyone they encounter.

Highly intelligent and sociable, the cockapoo dog the sweet nature of the cocker spaniel with the train and good humor of the poodle.

Highly intelligent and sociable, the cockapoo dog the sweet nature of the cocker spaniel with the train and good humor of the poodle.

3. Newfoundland

The affectionate, kind, and mild-tempered Newfoundland is one of the few canines who fulfill the description of magnificent yet gentle giants. They're faithful pets you'll want to learn more about since they're easygoing with youngsters and loyal to their family. The largest Newfoundland dogs can weigh more than 200 pounds, however, the majority are just half that size.

Newfoundlands are frequently included in rankings of the biggest dog breeds. Frequently featured on lists of the largest dog breeds, Newfoundlands (also lovingly called "Newfies") are strong, big-boned, and muscular, their enormous heads resting near an adult's hip or higher for easy petting.

Averaging 26–28 inches tall at the withers, most of their height comes from the rise of their deep chests and broad backs from stout-but-powerful legs. They weigh 100–150 pounds.

The massive Newfoundland is a strikingly large, powerful working dog of heavy bone and dignified bearing.

The massive Newfoundland is a strikingly large, powerful working dog of heavy bone and dignified bearing.

4. Bulldog

The bulldog is perseverance and may be found in schools and businesses all throughout the country. They are brave, but also quite kind, and they have a soft spot for youngsters. Here's where you may learn more about the enduring bulldog.
When someone mentions "bulldog," the first thing that springs to mind is usually English bulldogs. They're a 40–50 pound mid-sibling pair.

Four colors in their breed standard: red, white, fawn, and fallow. They can be any combination of these with additional brindling, ticking, or black masks. Their eyes should always be dark brown or black.

Kind the courageous, friendly but dignified. The Bulldog is a thick-set,  well-muscled bruiser whose “sourmug” face is the symbol of courage and tenacity.

Kind the courageous, friendly but dignified. The Bulldog is a thick-set, well-muscled bruiser whose “sourmug” face is the symbol of courage and tenacity.

5. Dachshund

The petite and feisty dachshund, easily recognizable by its long torso on stubby legs, has long been a family favorite. Learn more about doxies and how to live with them. The dachshund is a little hunting hound with a large personality that is admired all over the world for its short and sturdy appearance.

Wirehaired dachshunds have a soft undercoat that is covered by a wiry top coat that is short, dense, and rough. Wirehairs are available in the same range of colors and patterns as smooths, but their most common hues are (brown with blonde highlights), black and tan, and different shades of red.

The hair on the ears, beneath the neck, torso, and behind the legs of longhaired dachshunds is silky, lustrous, and often wavy. The smooths come in the same hues as these doxies.

Wirehaired and the share the same breed standard, divided by size and coat.

Wirehaired and the share the same breed standard, divided by size and coat.

6. German Shepherd

German shepherds are famous for their amazing blend of power and grace, making them one of the most well-known breeds today. With their perked-up ears and dark, almond-shaped eyes, these huge dogs, weighing 50–90 pounds, have an unmistakable presence, with an alert-yet-kind look distinguished by their perked-up ears and dark, almond-shaped eyes.

Their coarse outer hair works with the thick, soft undercoat to allow the dog to thrive in just about any climate. But all that hair means German shepherds are prone to shedding, and should be brushed several times a week during spring and fall to keep your dog—and your home—looking its best.

German shepherds are most commonly a mix of black and tan colors, but it’s not impossible to see other variations like all-black, black with red, sable, and even the rare white German shepherd, the AKC says.

The German Shepherd have a rather distinct personality marked by a direct and expression, obvious self-confidence to develop friendships.

The German Shepherd have a rather distinct personality marked by a direct and expression, obvious self-confidence to develop friendships.

7. French Bulldog

Frenchies were bred primarily as companion dogs, and they yearn for all of the love and attention we have to offer. French bulldogs are a fun, clever, and easygoing best buddy for every dog lover. Cream, fawn, and white are the most common hues, though they can also have brindle patterns or black masks.

They have dark brown eyes and a cute "squished up" face that they are known for. Their beautiful, lustrous coats lose a moderate amount and simply require occasional brushing to keep clean. A full-grown French bulldog weighs roughly 28 pounds, making them the smaller form of the breed.

The French bulldog, or Frenchie, is a sturdy, compact dog breed with a large head, short snout, and bat-like ears. This breed is lively, lovable, and playful.

The French bulldog, or Frenchie, is a sturdy, compact dog breed with a large head, short snout, and bat-like ears. This breed is lively, lovable, and playful.

8. Golden Retriever

Golden retrievers are intelligent, loyal dogs who make excellent family pets.
They are one of America's most popular breeds due to their kind demeanor, gleaming coats, and endearing grins. These strong, medium-sized dogs reach a weight of 55–75 pounds and live for 10–12 years on average.

Golden retrievers are energetic dogs who require at least an hour of daily activity. They are part of the sporting dog category. They live up to their name since they like recovering everything thrown their way. As a result, they make ideal hunting partners and service dogs. They like eating, running, spending time with their owners, and even competing in obedience and agility.

The Golden Retriever is a very popular dog. A combination of beauty and a kind temperament has made the Golden Retriever one of the favorite for many years.

The Golden Retriever is a very popular dog. A combination of beauty and a kind temperament has made the Golden Retriever one of the favorite for many years.

9. Pug

Pugs are well-known for their squishy features and endearing personalities.
This breed is great for laid-back houses and people who enjoy spoiling their pets. It is a little naughty but adored by its owners. Here's all you need to know about pugs. The dog packs a lot of muscle into their square physique while weighing 14–18 pounds.

Pugs come in two basic hues, fawn with a black mask or all black, with a few tonal variants. The hue of the fawn or tan coat varies from a warm apricot to a chilly, seldom-seen silver. Their heads are big, and they have the short, flat black muzzles that they are known for wrinkle face.

The “Pug-fect Fit” – Finding the perfect Pug for your family, home, and lifestyle.

The “Pug-fect Fit” – Finding the perfect Pug for your family, home, and lifestyle.

10. Akita

Akitas have wooed American dog lovers with their devotion, watchfulness, and elegant strength, making them a national treasure in Japan. Learn more about how to live with an Akita. An American Akita's shoulder height ranges from 24 to 28 inches, and the breed can weigh anywhere from 70 to 130 pounds.

With a large nose, sharp ears, and tiny, deep-set brown eyes, he has a big head. His thick double coat, which sheds minimally and needs regular brushing, can be any color, including white, brindle, or pinto, with well-defined markings across his burly body. The Akita's distinctive tail raises over his back in a fluffy curl.

Akitas are muscular, double-coated  Japanese lineage famous for their dignity, courage and loyalty. In their  family protectors and symbols of good health, happiness, and long life.

Akitas are muscular, double-coated Japanese lineage famous for their dignity, courage and loyalty. In their family protectors and symbols of good health, happiness, and long life.

11. Afghan Hound

Afghan hounds are elegant and affectionate canines with a top speed of 40 mph and a rigorous grooming regimen. Find out how to care for an Afghan hound and whether it's the ideal dog for your household. It's impossible to avoid this one: The hair of the Afghan dog is well-known.

That opulent coat comes in a variety of colors and is generally maintained long and smooth. As a medium-large dog, clocking in around 50–60 pounds, they’re not lap dogs but can be a good fit for a house taken out regularly grooming.

The aristocratic Afghan Hound is a  cool elegance.  He lives to run, but once he’s had his daily exercise in a safely fenced area.

The aristocratic Afghan Hound is a cool elegance. He lives to run, but once he’s had his daily exercise in a safely fenced area.

12. Australian Shepherd

Australian shepherds are bright, loyal, and active dogs who like spending quality time with their owners exploring new places. Find out more about living with Australians.

The Australian Shepherd is a medium-sized, solidly built herding dog whose colors and patterns can vary widely, with a body somewhat longer than it is tall. The Australian coat is made up of two layers: a weather-resistant topcoat and a medium-length undercoat.

Although Aussies may go weeks without a wash, they still require weekly brushing to keep dirt out of their fur and avoid matted fur. It’s thought that approximately one in five Aussies’ tails are naturally bobbed—meaning they’re shorter—while others were historically docked in the dog.

The Australian Shepherd, a lean, tough ranch dog, is one of those only in America stories: a European breed perfected in California by way of Australia.

The Australian Shepherd, a lean, tough ranch dog, is one of those only in America stories: a European breed perfected in California by way of Australia.

13. Labradoodle

A friendly, loving family dog who's easy on the allergies makes Labradoodles one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States. These dogs love activity, just not as much as they’ll love you.

The ever-popular Labradoodle is extremely trainable and, unlike some other breeds, is an excellent choice for first-time dog owners. These pups are on the big side and might take up a lot of room, but they're fantastic with kids and will adapt to their family's lifestyle.

The regular variety, which is a Lab crossbred with a standard-sized poodle, may reach heights of 24 inches and weights of 75 pounds. If you're searching for a dog on the smaller size, it's possible to also find mini Labradoodles. A hybrid of a Labrador retriever and a miniature poodle.

Like almost every American city, dogs are prevalent in Detroit. But of all the canines, one breed reigns supreme in the Motor City: the Labradoodle.

Like almost every American city, dogs are prevalent in Detroit. But of all the canines, one breed reigns supreme in the Motor City: the Labradoodle.

14. Shiba Inu

Shiba Inus are a little but powerful Japanese dog breed that marches to the beat of their own drum. They're quite content wandering the home without much human interaction, yet they still like entertaining and amusing their owners. Shiba Inus have a lifetime of 13–16 years and have a cat-like demeanor. They're affectionate, but don't necessarily like to be snatched up for a cuddle.

Orangey-red is the traditional hue of the Shiba Inu. Shibas are also available in black and tan, cream and black-tipped hairs on a red background. Shiba coats are thick and double-coated regardless of hue.

An ancient Japanese breed, the Shiba Inu is a little but well-muscled dog once employed as a hunter. Today, the spirited, good-natured Shiba is the most popular companion dog in Japan.

An ancient Japanese breed, the Shiba Inu is a little but well-muscled dog once employed as a hunter. Today, the spirited, good-natured Shiba is the most popular companion dog in Japan.

15. English Shepherd

English shepherds, often known as shadow shepherds, are medium-sized dogs with a robust and nimble frame who enjoy being near their masters. They have a history of working on farms, but they can make good companion dogs if given adequate exercise.

English shepherds are the original all-purpose farm dogs, with a strong work ethic and acute senses. They're especially keen to assist with farm activities such as vermin hunting, livestock guarding, and transporting sheep between pastures. However, as small family farms have declined over the decades, these obedient dogs have become an uncommon breed.

The English Shepherd is a herding dog who loves to work. Their instinct tells them to chase and try to herd everyone they come across.

The English Shepherd is a herding dog who loves to work. Their instinct tells them to chase and try to herd everyone they come across.

16. Bouvier des Flandres

The Bouvier des Flandres, a large, intelligent dog with a shaggy double coat, is a useful working dog and family friend. He's not for everyone, though, because of his high grooming and exercise requirements.

The Bouvier des Flandres creates a strong first impression with his thick, heavy beard and mustache, naturally disheveled coat, and overall imposing attitude.
That's on top of his enormous size: this giant dog breed may weigh between 70 and 110 pounds.

It's a look with his shaggy eyebrows and trapezoidal ears, as they say. The ears of the enormous Bouvier des Flandres are traditionally clipped. Though the practice is cropped.

Bouviers are excellent watchdogs and guardians in dog sports, especially herding trials.

Bouviers are excellent watchdogs and guardians in dog sports, especially herding trials.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Linda Chechar

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Linda Chechar (author) from Arizona on June 08, 2021:

These gorgeous breed dogs are the beautiful! The images are the photos of the dogs!

Mazlan from Malaysia on June 07, 2021:

Ohh, I love Pugs but they can be mischievous sometimes!

BTW, are the links to some of the breed writeups missing? For example, when you wrote, " Learn more about how to live with an Akita." I thought there's a link to it. My apologies if I am wrong. Anyway, great article.

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