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What breeds of dogs are the most intelligent: list and photos

Yulia PoteriankoLife
From the miniature papillon to the giant Rottweiler - very different breeds demonstrate intelligence

The debate over whether dogs or cats are smarter will probably go on forever. In fact, both are smart, but their intelligence is just tailored to different tasks. For example, dogs are great at understanding people and following commands.

If you are looking for a breed that would be most successful in this, Pets WebMD has compiled the top ten most trainable dogs. The rating is based on the book "The Intelligence of the Dog" by neuropsychologist Stanley Coren. He and more than two hundred training experts from the American Kennel Club analyzed 110 breeds. Representatives of the top 10 learned commands in less than five repetitions and performed them 95% of the time or more.

Border Collie

What breeds of dogs are the most intelligent: list and photos

Chaser, a dog that managed to learn 1,022 human words, was a representative of this breed. Approximately the same vocabulary is enough to speak a foreign language for the first time. Border Collie is a workaholic. It is an excellent shepherd for sheep. It can also be a guide, watchdog, nanny, and participate in sports competitions. It is a versatile animal with a wonderful character.

Poodle

What breeds of dogs are the most intelligent: list and photos

Poodles are exceptionally intelligent dogs that can do everything from truffle retrieval to water rescue. The tasks they are assigned often depend on their size, as poodles range from large to tiny. It is also one of the most hypoallergenic breeds.

German Shepherd

What breeds of dogs are the most intelligent: list and photos

The legendary intelligence of this herding dog has made it one of the most popular breeds in the world. The breed is valued for its optimal combination of intelligence, athleticism, calm temperament, and size. "Germans" can be shepherds, which is what they were bred for, as well as show dogs, police dogs, and family companions. And even movie stars. Rin Tin Tin is a pioneer in this field.

Golden retriever

What breeds of dogs are the most intelligent: list and photos

This dog's favorite pastime is pleasing its human. They were bred to participate in hunting, but later they proved to be good service dogs, rescue dogs, and guide dogs. Golden Retrievers thoroughly study their humans and adapt to their needs. Although it can be a bit naughty, of course.

Doberman pinscher

What breeds of dogs are the most intelligent: list and photos

This breed is the standard of physical fitness when it comes to dogs. And Dobermans are also ideal security guards. They clearly learn where the territory under their supervision is located and make sure that no uninvited guest enters it. That is why they are often involved in military and police missions. At the same time, they are extremely sociable and affectionate with people they consider their own.

Shetland Sheepdog

What breeds of dogs are the most intelligent: list and photos

Sheltie is essentially a miniature collie with a higher level of intelligence and better working qualities. It doesn't herd as much as it manages the herd. The dog is able to run a long distance in a day and make sure that everything is in order in every corner. At the same time, it is a great companion for people, including small children.

Labrador retriever

What breeds of dogs are the most intelligent: list and photos

The first task of these dogs was to jump from fishing boats and catch fish caught with a harpoon. So fun is the middle name of Labrador Retrievers. They are extremely sociable and gentle. At the same time, they understand perfectly well what their owners require of them. That is why this breed is extremely popular.

Continental Toy Spaniel, also known as a Papillon

What breeds of dogs are the most intelligent: list and photos

The smallest participant in the rating. Living proof that intelligence does not always depend on brain size. A Papillon is a bundle of happiness, but at the same time, it understands perfectly well where the boundaries are that cannot be crossed in games. They are great at learning tricks and perform well at shows. The meaning of their life is to be the center of attention and bring joy to people. The breed copes with these tasks brilliantly.

Rottweiler

What breeds of dogs are the most intelligent: list and photos

Rottweilers are excellent watchdogs, but for a long time it was believed that they are inferior in intelligence to German shepherds. In fact, this is not true - they are no less intelligent. They are extremely loyal dogs, which makes them excellent therapists who can help take  care of sick and infirm people. They can also be shepherds, service or police dogs, competitive athletes, and companions. A Rottweiler will never refuse a job that is offered to him.

Australian cattleman

What breeds of dogs are the most intelligent: list and photos

The top ten is rounded out by another dog bred to herd huge flocks of sheep in Australia. Despite its small size and cute appearance, it carries the genes of wild dingoes. The Australian shepherd is able to control large flocks of cattle for several days without human intervention. So it can easily find a common language with humans. It is a very athletic breed, which is also credited with a peculiar sense of humor. And humor is definitely a sign of intelligence.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you about the best dog breeds for families with children.

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