Smartest Dog Breeds

Dogs are smart, and according to one author Stanley Coren, some breeds are smarter than others. He recently wrote a book called The Intelligence of Dogs where he ranks dogs according to how quickly they learn certain training techniques.

Some people may argue what is the best way to determine how smart a dog is? Measuring how long the dog takes to learn a certain training technique (counting repetitions) is one of those ways, so until we learn to communicate better with dogs this might be the best way for now.

Here is a list of the top 10 most intelligent dog breeds:

1. Border collies
2. Poodles
3. German shepherds
4. Golden retrievers
5. Doberman pinschers
6. Shetland sheep dogs
7. Labrador retriever
8. Papillons
9. Rottweiler
10. Australian cattle dog

This is what he considered the smartest dogs, but there is a large variation from dog to dog within the breed as to how smart they are.

Border collies, although there were ranked number one on the list can be hard to manage and they require constant attention or else they will get bored.

Also how inbred a dog is also has a big influence on how smart it is as well. Also remember that there are many different variations with in the breeds due different breeders in different regions of the world.

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