Top 10 Most Intelligent Dog Breeds. Really?
How Are Dog Breeds Ranked by Intelligence?
Intelligence should be defined as the ability to use past experiences to deal with new situations. (A Bloodhound that learns that an escapee always runs into the river to hide his scent is a smart dog. A Beagle that learns to hunt rabbits even more effectively as she gets older is a smart dog.)
Instead, a PhD published and focused on trainability. The author of this book has decided that intelligence should be determined by which dog is willing to obey commands. Since he published this, every list of intelligent dogs follows his lead. Read this book if you want to know which dogs will obey you whether or not they know better. The section on increasing your dog's intelligence is more useful. a book on dog intelligence
According to him, a trainable dog is a more intelligent dog. He came up with a list and it has spread across the internet like wildfire.
If you want to know the following:
- the ten most intelligent dogs
- the ten least intelligent dogs
- how to find the right dog for you
This article will provide you with that information. You do need to ask yourself, though, is intelligence the right factor to base your decision on?
According to this professor, the most intelligent breed is the Border Collie. Sure, border collies are smart. I have seen them able to herd sheep following only a few commands. Anyone who has worked on a farm knows that sheep are the most intelligent of the barnyard beasts and any animal that can herd them must be of superior intelligence.
Top 10 Smartest Dogs
- Border Collies
- German Shepherd Dogs
- Golden Retrievers
- Doberman Pinschers
- Labrador Retrievers
- Australian Cattle Dogs
Note: This ranking is reflected in the book mentioned above.
Top 10 Dumbest Dog Breeds
If the list starts out the other way, these are the dogs that were considered the dumbest and hardest to train.
The bottom ten:
- The Shih Tzu
- Basset Hound
- Chow chow
- Afghan Hound
These are the breeds that do not respond to commands as often as the top ten.
Finding the Right Dog
So what good is this list to you? Despite what a lot of novice dog owners believe, you do not need to select a breed just because he has made the top ten list and you do not need to discard your choice just because he made the bottom of the list.
I was shocked to learn that the Maltese barely missed making the bottom ten! Sure the tiny little guys can be slackers but they have always been a breed I found willing to obey when at the clinic; I found my own dog easy to train. If I had followed this list, and knew nothing about dogs, I would have ended up with a Poodle.
Whether you get a mixed breed, a Borzoi, a Pekingese, or even an Afghan Hound, your dog is going to pay you back by being loyal and a faithful companion. It doesn’t matter where he is on the list. Really.
What characteristic do you think is most important for your new dog?
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