What are the smartest dogs in the world?

We all love our dogs, and most of us believe our own dog must be the smartest ever.

But is your dog's breed known as one of the smartest?

We've compiled a list of the top 10 most intelligent dogs ever. 

If your dog isn't on this list, don't despair. Because sometimes, having a dog with very high intelligence can have its drawbacks. 

For example, if a highly intelligent dog is left at home alone all day, they can get bored and become destructive and/or neurotic. 

On the other hand, a dog with limited intelligence can be left at home all day, and not even realize you’re gone until a few minutes before you arrive home!

The top 10 most intelligent breeds of dog are:

 

10) Australian Cattle Dog

The Australian Cattle Dog is a very active breed. 

They need to be exercised on a regular basis, both mentally and physically. 

As they were originally bred to herd in cattle in Australia (hence the name), they are freethinking, resourceful, and very protective of their property, including people!

 

9) Rottweiler

The Rottweiler, #9 on our list, has a fearsome reputation that is largely undeserved. 

The Rotti is only average in intensity, and make a great family dog. 

Not only is the Rottweiler intelligent, but extremely courageous and reliable. 

 

8) The Papillon

Does this dog scare you at all? Well it should, because Papillons are actually a lot tougher than they look! 

Some would characterize Papillons as a little moody and aggressive, but they are simply very possessive of their masters and “home turf”. 

Another very intelligent dog, and very easy to train. 

 

7) Labrador Retriever

An extremely loving, affectionate, and patient dog, the Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular breeds of dog in the world. 

They love to work, and need a lot of exercise. 

Without proper exercise, Labs have been known to develop weight problems. 

Because of their good nature, and love of children and other dogs, they are a very popular family dog.

 

6) Shetland Sheepdog

Many Shetland owners swear that their dog has nearly human intelligence! 

Shelties were originally bred to herd hundreds of sheep and cattle, requiring great concentration and, of course, intelligence. 

They can be a little wary of strangers and children, but are very loyal and affectionate within their own family.

 In fact, the Sheltie very much craves human companionship.

 

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Comments: 278

Minecraft Rox!
Now my question is why aren't boxers in there?! My boxer is the smartest dog we have! We only had here for two days and she jumped out of our backyard and we found he laying by the front door waiting for us to let here back in. I was so surprised because she was a stray!

Guest
Springer Spaniels should DEFINITELY be in the top 10!!!!!! I have 2 and they are the smartest dogs in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!

Guest
laughing i love yorkies smile they are the best ever tongue

Lexi
i hate stupid gay poodles angry and chiuauas angry

Guest
your website is laughing smile AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Shannon
You only put 6 dogs up.
Where are the other 4?

abi
Beagles and Rotweillers are the smartest!!!!!!

Guest
I like turtles

eden
i think papillions are stupid smile

zac
smile i love golden doodles they are the best dogs. i have one, i love her. she is the smartest dog in the universe. she can give me a paw when i say "give me a left paw". she gives me the left paw when i say "give me the right paw" she does. they should put golden doodles on the top 10 smartest dogs list.

Guest
angry border collie how are they angry crying

lalita
Hey I totally want a blue eyed collie (puppy)- they are so cute!!! smile

aewqc
is that all dogs of the world crying angry javascript :insertext(' : angry : ', '', 'short'): angr tongue y : : angry : : angry : : angry : : tongue : : tongue : : tongue : : tongue : : tongue : : tongue : : tongue : : laughing : : laughing : : laughing : : laughing : : laughing : : laughing : : laughing : : laughing : : laughing : : laughing : : laughing : : laughing : : laughing : : laughing : : laughing : : laughing : : laughing : : laughing : : laughing : : laughing : : laughing : : laughing : : laughing : : smile : : smile : : smile : : smile : : smile : : smile : : smile : : wink : : wink : : wink : : wink : : crying : : crying : : crying : : crying : : crying : : crying :

pooja
smile my dog iz d best spitz in the wink world tongue

Guest
wot dogs do you like i love big dangours dogs love them laughing

poo
smile I think the a jackrussels are so cute:

aileen ding
laughing sad laughing laughing laughing laughing wink smile wassat

Emma
smile wink laughing
I think Shiba Iun is the cuisest and easiest to train they are the cutiest dog breed when a puppy and adult so they are the cutiest dog breed in the univers and the easiest dog to train in the univers so the Shiba Iun is the best dog in the whol univers please comment back if you think the Shiba Iun ise the best dog in the univers.

Guest
wassat chihauhaus r rly smart tosmile angry

guest
I think the Rottweiler is the smartest...... They just want to make you happy and then I say the Miniature Pinscher is also smart, because I have 1 and I taught her 3 new tricks in 15 minutes

Guest
Personally I do believe that collies are the most intelligent dogs because they can be put to any discipline and excel. But I must say that you should consider making a top 10 naughty list because jack Russel would be one. There intelligence lies with the fact that they usually and sneaky and get up to mischief..
Thank you

Tayla
My dog is a cattle dog and she needs alot of exercise and she is really smart she counts with her paw and like 1x3 she does 3 taps

KEAGAN
smile I AGREE WITH DAT GUEST MY PITBUL IS EXTREMELY INTELLEGENT AND TRUSTWORTHY ESPECIAL WITH CHILDREN SO DONT HATE GUYS. OTHER DOGS ARE MORE INTELLEGENT THAN THOSE TOP TEN DOGS. PLEASE GET NEW INFO THOSE DOGS ARE ACCIENT.

Guest
wink laughing INO THAT THE PITBUL IS THE MOST INTELEGENT DOG IN TEH WORLD. SORRY WHO EVER CAME UP WITH THIS WEBSITE NEEDS TO HAVE FACTS NOT OPINION LOL.PITBULLS R THE BEST DOGS IN THE WORLD SORRY GUYS

Guest
angry crying angry crying angry How could they neglect to put the Basset hound up there. My Basset Hound is realy intelligent. She will see you eating something, go to the back door and cry like she has to go to the bathroom, and when you get up she eats your food.

Guest
angry Dobermans r the best dogs in the world well thats what i think i just hate when ppl think that there mean dogs but there rly loving my 1 doberman that passed away could tell u if someone was hurt she would lead u to the person 2. may u R.I.P Mindy

Sheila
angry angry What about the Dobermanangry angry my dober man is rly smart

Guest
Shih Tzu are the best dogs in the world!!! smile smile smile smile tongue

Guest
angry what abou the other dogs?!angry angry

Guest
the border colliewink

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lary
smile i think tea cups are smart and so are jermanchepers

hannah
hmmm... i would think a jack russel terrier would be up there somewhere...

person
hismile

Guest
my grandma and grandpa have a poddle and he is very smart!smile

Guest
The Kelpie definately

talor
it does work and it was good to read!smile smile wink wink

Guest
on youtube look up spongebob moonwalks just be sure to look at every video of him cuz yu dont no wich won im takn bout

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i sware ill never copy again

Guest
lisen im sorry to i just dont like it when people copy me

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your a damn boy ya no dat!!!

Guest
your such a copy catter! just shut the **** up you load of ****!

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smartest=german shepherd pound for pound=tosa strongest=mastiff if ya hav questions just ask mewink

Guest
German shepherd=smartest Mastiff=strongest Tosa=pound=for pound I got this from wiki.answers.com/Q/ By the way,if any of you have any questions I'll try to look it up(sorry if I don't find the answercrying)

tyler briley
no no i have a mix rottweiler and german shepard looks full rott though i think thats the best breed i also like the canary breed very strong and reliable but are very agressive i got one very rare soo there hard to getsmile tongue

Jing
what dogs are good 4 agility training that's small???laughing

Maya
To tell you the truth this website lied to you this is how it is: 1:GERMAN SHEPERD,put your hands up for the cutest smartest dog in the world the world

Maya
I Think i have to agree w/angie she is so smart to put that cuz they are the smartest do and Rin Tin Tin is SO COOL

Dog Lover5000
I personally think that a smart dog would NOT be destructive. Smart dogs are not only intellagent, but obedient, friendly, and gentle (not overly hyper). In my opinion, the Papijack (a cross between a Pappillion and a Jack Russell) is the smartest breed (designer dog).

jason
10.rotweilers 9.australian sheep

Jackie
For those of you who says that a shitzapoo is not a breed, your the idiot!!! I have one and she is very cute and smart. If you don't have one then you have no right to judge!!

bailey
I think the boxers are the smartest

Guest
angry Where are the yorkies?

SLough
Collie And Lablador Are The BEst

person who loves dogs the most
Maltese are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!! This web site should say about this breed. This web is sooooo not cool!!!!!angry

Guest
angry my dod died

guest
border collies are best!!!!!!!!!!!smile

Alaina Stanton
hello im new on this but does any of you have a popilla? tongue

Via
They are all cute !!!laughing Well I have a golden retriever and it is a female and she is one year already but I also have 2 japanese spitz but they are not on the list...cryingtongue

NikhiL
doberman And Labrador are best breeds

beth
i have a chocolate lab

Guest
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Michelle
I have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel/ Bichon Frise mix! She's sooo cute! But she ain't the brightest bulb in the pack! Haha! laughing

My mom critisizes me because Rosie (my dog) is over a year old and still has accidents on the floor! crying Waaa

cool breeder
I think my dog should be on that list becuse he is a sharbullbix he has the strength of a pitbull and the speed of a boxser and the cutnis of a sharpie cool ha he is three dogs mixsmile

Guest
I could only see 6 dogs.

Dog Lover
I agree that jindos are the SMARTEST dog in the world. Because we visted my dad's cusin, and she has a Jindo.

PS:They are from korea. Also, the people there are also very smart. I am from korea too!!!!!!!

Lizzy
smile Everyone knows that Border collies r the smartest!

maddie
hey my guess is that a brussules griffon is the smartest dogsmile

Eileen
a shitzapoo is not a breed. I think you mean a shitzu

Eileen
Why are beagles on the top 10 least smart! they're good hunters and poodles aren't smart. I've checked a lot of places, and border collie is number1

Marissa
I LOVE READING THIS WEBSITE AND I THINK THAT THE PUG SHOULD BE ON THAT LIST. AND I THINK THE PAPILLON IS UGLY AND SO NOT SMART.tonguelaughing:scryingmile:

paloma
I dont think the papillon should be on the list.angryangry

Marissa
I think that the german shepard dog is extreemly smart and intelligent. And i think poodles are not smart.smiletonguetonguelaughing

Guest
Poodles ARE NOT smart dogs!! This is a fallacy. I've been around them all my life and they are too stupid not to pee on the floor! I always laugh when I hear this.

We own a minature schnauzer, and she is smart! Trained at six weeks and never an accident. Smart everywhere else.

If you get a poodle, don't be surprised!

jade
have yal even herd of a JINDO. u make me laf wen u talk about the muts u call DOGS. the JINDO is the way to go.

Marissa
I love that the rotwiler is on the list and the labador retrever too!! laughing

Marissa
I think the German Sheperd should be on that list. And i think the begal should be on that list too.

Megan
The list is pretty accurate, but Jack Russells should probably be in the top 5. Any dog can be conditioned to do a job, but can they figure it out themselves? That is a more accurate test of the smarts!

GOLDEN RETRIEVER GIRL
i think that GOLDEN RETRIEVERS ARE the best dog for every thing. they r the best companions smart and they will always have your back they should b # 1 for EVERYTHING.

Guest
angrywhy is there nothing about my dog (chavalire king charles spaniels) they are so cutetongue

NIKHIL
smile LABRADOR IS BEST DOG IN THE WORLD.

dylan
my favorite dog is a Siberian husky and a Rottweiler

Dylan
laughing you guys are stupid the smartest dog is the border collie

Iluvdogs
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have the cutest dog. It's a golden retriever puppy!!!!!

evvgg
I love dogs mostly yorkies!smilesmilesmile

amanda
i totally think that the beagle should be on the list cause there really smart hunters and they are cute!!smilecrying

bubbles1234567890
i think that chihuahuas should be on that list

Faith
Where are the rest of the dogs and I think the Boston Terrier should be in the top ten for sure!wassat I also think Border Collies should be on there.smile But other than that I really like this website.laughing

Angie
I reeally don'tknow what my puppy iswassat.....well it is a mixed breed and my puppy has like a cat face it's very weird...well my puppy is 2 months oldsmilesmile

Gwyneth
I Really Love Dogs,I have a Dog.Its dog breed is an ASKAL.Its from the Philippines.All the Filipino Dog Lovers has ASKAL Dogs.Sometimes Shih Tzu.I am a Filipino.I always wanted a Dog,breed A Golden Retriever and A Border Collie!

Megan2425
I love dogs i do have one of my own its a york terrir its soo cute amd it recently had kids smile im grateful to have such a little joy in the world. ( for people like me- in my condition i cant have kids) anyways i dont understand how there can be so many animals abusiers its sick

Alanna
i think POMERANIANS r the smartest in the world GO POMS smile

wow
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shiba
That is a good list, however if any of you are interested in looking for new dogs or researching on dogs, look at a SHIBA INU, smartest dog I have ever had. I had both a lab and a rotti, and this shiba tops it off. At 9 weeks(meaning i only had him for a week) he was able to understand sit,lay,stay,shake a paw, and roll over. That is unheard of at that age. SMARTEST DOG EVER!!

ummm
WERE SRE THE REST ??? border collies are the smartest!!!!!!!!

BORDERCOLLIES rock
I have 7 bordercollie and they are really smart laughing

Cookiemydog
I love labs and rott. I have two of both good choice of dogs:laughing

mathew
smile What do ya' get when you mix a bulldog and a shitszoo?BULL-SHIT!

mathew
smile I think the poople is th smartest dog even though I don't really like them at all. smile And the collie should come next becauce many people have evidence of collies helping childern learn.tongueI have an awesome mind: smile!

Jane
I personally think Labradors are smarter than Goldens. Labs and Border Collies are amazingly intelligent.

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