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The Top 10 Smartest Dog Breeds

Monday June 5th 2017

Whilst it can be true that a dog’s potential is only as great as their owner’s willingness to train and channel their intelligence, some breeds are born with more of a natural ability to pick up skills and commands than others.

To help offer an insight into which dog breeds boast the highest levels of intelligence, and how they have been trained to put this intellect to good use, we’ve produced this list of the top ten smartest dog breeds. So, to find out whether your dog has made the cut, take a look at our list below!

Border Collie

As a working dog, Border Collies are able to learn all the necessary skills and commands with relative ease, and this is a testament to their high levels of intelligence.


Poodles were originally bred as retrievers, and are therefore known for their high intelligence and ability to learn skills such as tracking and obeying with great ease.

German Shepherd

Another hard-working dog is the German Shepherd, which is a breed commonly used as police and service dogs. Their intelligence makes them a great fit for this role, along with their courageous and fiercely loyal personality.

Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers have always been well known for their great intelligence, and this is why they’ve been trusted with such weighted responsibilities such as aiding those with poor sight in their duties as seeing-eye dogs, or working with the emergency services in search and rescue teams.

Doberman Pinscher

Used in both WWI and WWII to assist soldiers, these dogs have often been entrusted with a huge amount of responsibility, and they still are today in their training as police dogs. With all this faith being placed in these dogs, it’s no surprise that they are ranked as one of the most intelligent breeds around.

Shetland Sheepdog

Bred as a herding dog, the Shetland Sheepdog is an intelligent breed which can learn new tricks and skills with ease. Not only does this breed make a great working dog, they are also extremely affectionate and loyal.

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers are extremely quick to learn new skills, and this is why they’re often used as guide and rescue dogs. Another quality which makes them ideal for the job is their gentle, friendly, nature.


The Papillon is known as the smartest of all toy dog breeds, and this combined with their highly active nature, makes them the perfect breed for training to learn a huge variety of tricks and commands.


Bloodhounds have been used for centuries by humans for their keen sense of smell and distinct ability to detect and track scents. These skills have earnt them a place amongst special law enforcement and search and rescue teams.


Rottweiler’s have long been trusted by human kind to protect and serve, as police dogs, service dogs and herders. Their high levels of intelligence make them suitable for these roles, as they are easy to train and quick to learn commands.