Top 10 Most Intelligent Dog Breeds

by Alexandra Madani

We all know dogs are one of the most intelligent animals on the planet. They are one of the only animals which can look into the eyes of humans and know their intent. There are some dogs which are superior to others when it comes to intelligence. Those who are looking for the breeds which are most known for their superior brain power may be interested in learning more about the top 10 most intelligent breeds. The ten breeds below have been ranked using their trainability as an intelligence marker.

Border Collie

These dogs are the number one sheep herding dog in the world. Many years ago their intelligence and ability to train with ease were recognized by farmers. These dogs also have outstanding instincts and a solid work ethic. All of this makes them a great dog in any setting, not just on a sheep farm.

Border Collie

German Shepard

Police forces around the world have employed the use of these smart and extremely loyal dogs. In addition to being very clever, their sense of smell is superior to other dogs. They are natural herders and are also loving companion dogs.


Golden Retriever

Hunters originally breed these dogs as hunting companions. These dogs are used in search and rescue missions and are excellent guide dogs for disabled individuals. These dogs are very eager to please their owners.


Shetland Sheepdog

This hard working dog is an excellent herder. They follow commands easily and are very loyal to their owners and their families. These dogs love to be active and enjoy playing with children.


Australian Cattle Dog

These energetic dogs seem to be happiest when they are working. They love to do herding work and are very obedient. These are very loving dogs and can make excellent additions to a family with small children.


Labrador Retriever

This clever dog is a kind and loving dog. They are ideal for families since they are have such gentle dispositions and are so easy to train. They also make excellent sporting dogs.



These are very happy dogs with extraverted personalities. These dogs usually measure 8-12 inches in height. They were breed in the 16th and 17th centuries to be highly intelligent companion dogs.



These active and clever dogs were breed to retrieve items from bodies of water. The natural hunting ability and superior sense of smell found in the miniature version of these dogs has made them ideal for use in truffle hunting.


Doberman Pinscher

These dogs were originally bred to be war dogs and guard dogs. This is because these animals are clever and they can run exceptionally fast. People found this useful to track and pin intruders to war camps and other domains. They maintain a high sense of loyalty to their trainers.



This breed of dog is another which is happiest when they gave a task to perform. These intelligent dogs make excellent herders, police dogs, service dogs and loving companions. These dogs are also known for doing quite well in obedience competitions.


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