Top 10 Smartest Dog Breeds

The border collie leads the list of the smartest dogs, and it's no surprise. Chaser, a border collie, rose to prominence in the early 2000s after learning the meanings of more than 1,000 proper nouns. 

Border Collie

They may look like accessory dogs, but don't be fooled by the poodle's fancy hairdo. Poodles are surprisingly intelligent at all sizes, from little toys to small miniatures to enormous standards.


The German shepherd is known as the Swiss army knife of dogs. These are extremely bright and adaptable dogs who are both daring and talented problem solvers, making them ideal for police and military employment.

German Shepherd

Golden retrievers may not be the most intelligent dog on the list, but they are the smartest and make excellent family companions, according to Fratt.

Golden Retriever

Doberman pinschers may appear threatening, but that is typically their purpose. Underneath that aggressive exterior lies a lovely, fun-loving personality eager to please. 

Doberman Pinscher

The AKC describes the collie's miniature relative, the Shetland sheepdog (commonly known as the Sheltie), as "bright and eager" and "easy trainers."

Shetland Sheepdog

According to the American Kennel Club, Labrador retrievers are routinely among the most popular breeds in the United States. Labs are extremely sociable, making them unsuitable for guarding and protection.

Labrador Retriever

The papillon is a centuries-old breed with spaniel origins. This may explain why these small canines with large, butterfly-shaped ears are extremely intelligent and agile.


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