How Smart is My Dog? The 10 Smartest Dog Breeds.

Recently, the New York Times reported that a psychology professor named Stanley Coren has discovered some fascinating things about dogs and intelligence.

Coren polled over 200 professional dog obedience judges, asking them to rank 110 dog breeds according to their intelligence. In general, he says, poodles, retrievers, Labradors and shepherds are the most intelligent dogs, able to learn as many as 250 words, signs and signals.

The smartest dogs, he says, will understand a new command in five repetitions or less, and will immediately obey commands 95% of the time. Here’s his list of the smartest dog breeds:

  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

Before you rush out to buy one of these smart dogs, though, you should know that there are pros and cons to living with an intelligent canine. As Coren points out, sometimes these dogs are so smart that they learn to manipulate their owners and their environment to get whatever they want.


  • Sophie

    Yeah I have a labrador and she is definitely intelligent

  • Caitiemae

    I have a Border Collie/Labrador mix and she is very intelligent. The one thing you have to remember when dealing with a smart canine is that they need a lot of stimulation. They will get bored very easily! I love my dog, she’s beautiful and quite the comedian!

  • bernard

    Some words we spell, our dog can pick up on.

  • milly

    Our friend has 3 border collies. They are NOT very bright lol my australian shepherd runs around them and they stare at her and try to chase her but fall.

  • Madison

    Yah my Australian shepherd ousmarts me. She is very easy to teach tricks to but when it comes to me trying to make her stay in the kennel but she always finds a way to get out when im not looking my friend has a border collie and hes not ver smart either he just stares at my dog and lies on his back and when he chases her he never catches up to her lol

  • Madison

    Also when we spell out words such as food or walk she gets excited and knows what were talking about


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