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10 Most Intelligent Dog Breeds In The World!

  • 3 min read

Intelligence in dogs is measured in a few different ways. Wikipedia defines dog intelligence as “the process in dogs of acquiring, storing in memory, retrieving, combining, comparing, and using in new situations information and conceptual skills.” Have you ever wondered how intelligent your dog is?

Check out the list below to see if your furry friend is among one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world! 


Smiling Australian Cattle Dog

10. Australian Cattle Dog

This is a dog that might spark your desire for adventure. A high energy working dog with a need to be useful. It thrives on companionship and tasks that require a lot of complex thinking and problem-solving. They are extremely agile and are active both physically and mentally.



Smiling Rottweiler

9. Rottweiler

These dogs are large and powerful, descended from Roman military dogs and developed in Germany. It’s capable of learning commands and extremely eager to protect. They are smart but also known for endurance and strength.





8. Papillon

This dog may look adorable but they are tough, strong and sturdy as well. Papillon means “butterfly” in French, which is how the dog gets its name due to its butterfly-shaped ears. These little dogs are fiercely loyal and extremely protective over what belongs to them.




Labrador Retriever wearing a red and white bandana

7. Labrador Retriever

The most popular breed of dog chosen by families in the United States, the Lab is a perfect family dog. Their high intelligence makes them easy to train and they are often used as service dogs because of this.





Shetland Sheepdog

6. Shetland Sheepdog

Also known as the Sheltie, this is another herding dog. An eager to please dog that loves its family, the Sheltie is often known as a “shadow” dog, following its owners everywhere. The Shetland Sheepdog is also able to learn new commands without too much repetition adding further credence for their inclusion as one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world.


Doberman Pinscher

5. Doberman Pinscher

These smart and fearless dogs have a strong desire to protect and because of this, they make great police dogs. They are smart enough to be able to retain complicated training that makes them extremely useful on the force.





Golden Retriever with its tongue hanging out

4. Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are some of the most loving dogs, cuddling up to strangers just as easily as their own family. This is another breed often used as seeing-eye and service dogs because of their ability to learn tasks to help people.





Smiling German Shepherd

3. German Shepherd

This is a courageous and protective dog that takes their family’s safety seriously. The German Shepherd thrives on tasks that give them direction and purpose. This dog wants to be useful to you!





Brown-furred poodle

2. Poodle

The Poodle is eager to please and even more eager to learn. In France, they were originally bred for retrieving and are the country’s national dog. Believe it or not, this adorable poof ball is also a natural guard dog.





Black and white dog with its tongue hanging out in a field of flowers

1. Border Collie

The most intelligent breed of dog! These dogs are capable of just about anything they put their mind to. A trained Border Collie by the name of Chaser has memorized the names of 1,000 of her stuffed animals.




We hope you enjoyed this little look at some of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world and weren’t offended if your precious pup’s breed wasn’t on the list – we promise no favoritism was shown in the production of this post – we love all pups!