25 Most Intelligent Dogs

Ever wondered which dog makes the smartest pet, or if your current puppy is considered more intelligent than others?  Generally, dog intelligence is defined by a dog’s thinking, learning and problem solving abilities.  Dog breeds such as Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, Border Collies, Golden Retrievers and Poodles tend to be considered amongst the smartest breeds.  The way a dog’s intelligence is measured has been debatable.  Some dogs are naturally more “driven” to keep trying solutions to solve a problem, while others may actually have an inherent problem-solving skill naturally.  Psychologist Kathy Coon was able to rank various breeds of dog based on the results of standardized intelligence tests given.  Tests given to dogs can range from ability to respond to various situations, or more commonly their ability to learn and act upon various commands given to them.

In 1994, a book on the topic called The Intelligence of Dogs was published.  Written by a professor of psychology from University of British Columbia in Vancouver named Stanley Coren, the book examines the different breeds of dogs and how they rank in terms of intelligence.  The way Coren determined this was based on a dog’s understanding of new commands as well as how likely the dog is to obey a first command given.  For their research purposes, over 200 professional dog obedience judges, ranked 110 dog breeds on the basis of their intelligence  The Top 10 dogs on this list tend to obey the first command given 95% of the time, with the next 15 dogs on the list obey a first command 85% of the time or better.

Top 25 Smartest Dogs:

1. Border Collie
2. Poodle
3. German Shepherd
4. Golden Retriever
5. Doberman Pinscher
6. Shetland Sheepdog
7. Labrador Retriever
8. Papillon
9. Rottweiler
10. Australian Cattle Dog
11. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
12. Miniature Schnauzer
13. English Springer Spaniel
14. Belgian Tervuren
15. Schipperke Belgian
16. Scotch Collie
17. German Shorthaired Pointer
18. Flat-Coated Retriever
English Cocker Spaniel
Standard Schnauzer
19. Brittany
20. American Cocker Spaniel
21. Weimaraner
22. Belgian Malinois
Bernese Mountain Dog
23. Pomeranian
24. Irish Water Spaniel
25. Vizsla

Stanley Coren’s fascinating book The Intelligence of Dogs is currently available at Amazon.com

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  2. Good list. I was not surprised at all to see Poodle at number two. My mom’s dog Bandit was mixed between Poodle and Terrier and wow was he smart. The dog was a genius. He could have gotten a 1300 on the SAT (just playing). Anyway, my friend has a Pug and he is just so cute and fun but really really dumb. He barks at dogs he sees on television. When we were watching the movie “Bolt” we was barking at the cartoon throughout the whole movie. Low IQ indeed. I would definitely put pugs at the bottom.

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  7. Well I have trained most all these breeds.. and I guess I am biased to my Doberman 🙂

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