Dog intelligence, like human intelligence, comes in various forms. And although the best in any breed can be nurtured by owners willing to put in the time and effort, there are fixed realities when it comes to your animal’s inbred qualities. Trainers say any dog can learn the basics like sitting and staying. It just might take them longer to catch on. On a human IQ ratio, these dogs would have an IQ of 90-110. But keep in mind that the smartest dogs often don’t make the best pets, trainers and vets say. Here are the 10 smartest dogs.


10| Australian Cattle Dog

Happiest doing a job like herding, obedience, or agility. Energetic and intelligent.


9| Rottweiler

Robust and powerful, the breed is happiest with a job. Suitable as a police dog, herder, service dog, therapy dog, obedience competitor, and devoted companion.


8| Papillion

A happy, alert breed that isn’t shy or aggressive. Known as Dwarf Spaniels in the 16th and 17th centuries, they reach 8-11 inches high.


7| Labrador Retriever 

An ideal sporting and family dog. Gentle and intelligent.


6| Shetland Sheepdog

The “Sheltie” is essentially a miniature working Collie. A rough-coated, longhaired working breed that is keenly intelligent. Excels in herding.




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