Dogs are usually smarter than we think but any breed of working dogs naturally tends to be smarter than other non-working breeds. Dog breeds are judged on two qualities- their ability to quickly learn new commands and the willingness to perform the commands 95% of the time or better. But a smarter dog doesn’t necessarily mean is the best choice for you. These dogs need a lot of effort to take proper care of such as Australian shepherd, Bloodhound and Jack Russell terrier. They need more attention, more exercise and training to keep them mentally and physically stimulated. And if they don’t receive their required attention they can become stubborn and even depress. So, if you are someone who’s going to be out for 8 to 10 hours a day, you should probably avoid adopting or buying any dogs of these breeds. Without further ado, here are the 10 Smartest Dog Breeds in the world according to experts.
Border Collies are a working and herding dog breed and were specifically bred for intelligence and obedience. This breed was originated in the Scottish borders for herding livestock such as sheep. Border collies are known for being very energetic, responsive, and alert. They are also referred to as a “sheepdog” and they also tend to be independent thinkers. Border Collies are highly intelligent and possess problem-solving abilities and a strong drive to work.
Intelligent, alert, active and faithful, Poodles not only have beautiful curly fur but also they are one of the smartest breeds of dogs. Though there is an uncertainty of where this breed originally descended from. It is generally believed that Poodles were originally bred in Germany for bird hunting and water retrieving. They also used to help out in other jobs like herding sheep, cross the battlefield and bring supplies. Poodles are greatly instinctual and trainable.
3. German Shepherd:
The German shepherd is the second most popular dog breed in the world by registrations. They are known for their intelligence, confidence and for being loyal, alert and curious. In 1899, breeder Captain Max von Stephanitz systematised the modern German shepherd to maintain the breed’s intelligence and willingness to work. He worked with the police force and dog clubs and formed a set of tests which measured the dogs’ abilities, known as Schutzhund. These tests estimated the dogs’ abilities in tracking, obedience and protection.
4. Golden Retriever:
One of the most popular dog breeds in the world, Golden retrievers are known for their intelligence, their kind and friendly nature and for being among the most trustworthy. Golden retrievers used to retrieve shot waterfowl during hunting and shooting parties such as ducks and upland game birds. Their ability to retrieve shot game without damaging them because of their soft mouth earned them the name Retriever. This dog breed originally held from Scotland and is among the smartest breeds of dogs.
5. Doberman Pinscher:
Dobermans are known for their confident and fearless nature. This breed of dogs is highly intelligent, alert, loyal and energetic. Doberman was originally developed around 1890 by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, a tax collector from Germany, to protect his rounds. Dobermans have become far less aggressive from their previous days and can easily make for a great family dog.
6. Shetland Sheepdog:
Gentle but strong, Shetland Sheepdogs is a breed of herding dogs and are known for their affectionate, lively and playful nature. They are very responsive, alert and intelligent which makes them great at training and learning new things. Also known as Sheltie, Shetland Sheepdogs originated in the Shetland Islands of Scotland.
7. Labrador Retriever:
The most popular dog breed by registration, Labrador Retrievers are a type of retriever gun dog. They tend to be very intelligent but gentle and kind by nature. This outgoing and trusting friend was named for the cold waters off Newfoundland where they were first raised. They are not only good swimmers and hunters but they also make great rescue and therapy dogs.
Papillons or the Continental Toy Spaniel dogs are known for being energetic, happy and friendly by nature. But these little furry friends are also among the smartest breeds of dogs. They are one of the oldest of the toy spaniels. Papillons are usually recognized by their butterfly-like long and fringed hair on the ears. Papillons can be dated back to the 16th century and they are highly trainable and the smartest of the toy dog breeds.
Confident, courageous and calm by nature, Rottweilers are highly intelligent, alert, devoted and obedient. In the early days, they were known as Rottweiler Metzgerhund which means Rottweil butchers’ dogs. They were mainly used for herding livestock and pulling carts laden with butchered meat to market. Fearless Rottweilers make great guarding and family dogs.
10. Australian Cattle Dog:
Australian Cattle Dogs are known for being among the smartest, brave, obedient, cautious and protective breed of dogs. They are a breed of herding dog developed for droving cattle over long distances across rough terrain. They are originally from Australia and are among the most energetic and hard-working dogs who love to participate in intensive sports.