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The 10 Smartest Breeds of dogs

Dogs (Canis familiaris) are subspecies of wolves of the family Canidae. Their long association with humans has led dogs to be uniquely adapted to human behavior and they are able to thrive on a starch-rich diet that would be inadequate for other carnivores. Their relationship and closeness with man earned them the nick name “man’s best friend’’.

The smartness of a dog is no fully discovered if a person is not willing to put in time and effort to train and channel the dog’s intelligence. All dogs are trainable therefore it’s important to understand your dog’s inherent abilities in order to know how to motivate him and bring out his natural intelligence. It is also worthy of note that the smartest dogs often don't make the best pets. Your job is to find a breed that suits your lifestyle and to focus on bringing out the best in your dog.

Using trainability, working and obedience test, the University of British Columbia Psychology professor Stanley Coren (PhD) assessed 110 breeds of dogs using 200 obedience judges to arrive at the rating bellow. The top dogs absorbed commands in less than five repetitions and obeyed them 95% of the time or better. The list is here below along with a breed description by the American Kennel Club;

1.     Border collie:

It is highly intelligent, extremely energetic, acrobatic and it possesses an extraordinary instinct. It is a working and herding breed developed in England’s Northumberland. This breed is the world’s premier sheep herder.

2.     Poodle: Highly active and uniquely smart. This breed comes in three varieties; Standard poodle, miniature poodle and Toy poodle. It is good in many dog sports and activities including agility, obedience, tracking, herding and circus performance.

3.     German Shepherd: This bread Originated from Germany. It is officially known as German Shepherd Dog (GSD). It was known as Alsatian from after the First world war until 1977. This breed is bred specifically for their intelligence coupled with their strength. These traits make them desirable as police, guard and “search and rescue” dogs.

4.     Golden Retriever: Mostly bred as a hunting companion. It is also good as a guide and as assistance with search-and-rescue operations. Intelligent and eager to please.

5.     Doberman PinscherThis breed was developed by a German tax collected known as Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann. Doberman Pinscher is obedient, energetic, intelligent, loyal and confident.

6.     Shetland sheepdog: Playful and energetic. It shares semblance with miniature collie. These dogs are well known for their intelligence and skill at herding.

7.      Labrador retriever: Also known as lab is a medium-large breed of retriever-gun dog. It has a short thick coat, webbed feet and a heavy tail. These traits help the dog to swim

8.     Pappillon: Papillon means butterfly in French. It was named thus due to its butterfly-like ears. Papillons are very friendly, not shy or aggressive and are especially fast and versatile.

9.     Rottweiller: This breed is very loyal, loving and confident. Because of this, Rottweilers are mostly used as service dogs, police dogs, herders, therapy dogs, devoted companions, or obedience competitors.

10. Australlian cattle dog: This is simply known as cattle dog. It is a herding dog originally developed in Australia. It has either brown or black hair distributed evenly through a white coat which gives appearance of a “red” or “blue” dog. This breed is energetic and intelligent.

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American Kennel Club Canidae Canis familiaris England Stanley Coren


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