Ranking of the most intelligent dogs

Although everyone may think that their pet is the most intelligent animal, it does seem true that there are dog breeds that have the ability to learn faster they understand complex signs, words, take care of children or even people with special needs or easily adapt to police work.

Throughout the planet, we find dogs of all breeds, sizes, characters, fur or physical strength. It is clear that the training plays a key role when it comes to seeing the training of a dog and that there will always be exceptions in all breeds, but in general, there is a ranking standardized of the most intelligent breeds:

1. Border collie

The first place is occupied by the Border collie, which emerged on the border between Scotland and England as Shepherd dogs, especially sheep, and is considered the most intelligent breed of all. He has a broad capacity for learning in different fields and is balanced and loving. It is the ideal dog for agility championships and is one of the most popular sheepdogs today.

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2. Poodles

It is perhaps the great exception to this list, where shepherds and working dogs abound. The poodle is a docile, intelligent, faithful, and affectionate dog and of easy coexistence at home especially with children.

His intelligence and dexterity made him the protagonist of circus numbers from the 16th century on, being able to perform pirouettes and other juggling acts.

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3. German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is considered by many, as the breed par excellence. Being able to stay alert for prolonged periods of time is an excellent guardian and protector of his own. It also has great intuition and intelligence and a powerful sense of smell. For all these reasons, it is very common in police patrols and forms a perfect match with the human, with whom it will work side by side.

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It is also one of the most used dogs for herding and protecting places and animals.

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4. Golden retriever

This breed was developed around 1850 in Scotland. It is a dog with great sensitivity and intuition, very easy to train, and with a very balanced character. On many occasions, it acts as a police dog detecting drugs and also as a rescue dog. They are also trained as therapy dogs to accompany people with special needs or children.

The Golden has become one of the most popular family breeds.

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Golden Retriever
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5. Doberman pinscher

It is a dog with a reputation for being aggressive and yet extraordinarily intelligent. He is very sociable and active and hates loneliness and boredom.

Son protectors and they have even served in WWII, caring for soldiers at night.

It owes its name to the German Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, who at the end of the 19th century undertook the task of creating a new breed of dog that would serve him effectively in his work as a tax collector.

It is a defense, searches and rescue dog.

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Doberman pinscher
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6. Shetland Sheepdog

It hails from the cold Shetland Islands and was intentionally bred to be small in size. It was born as a working dog but is now appreciated for its docile and alert character and its great beauty. It is quite similar physically to Collie since it comes from him.

For a long time, it was used to guide and protect dwarf breed sheep, ponies, and even chickens. This is because they are very intelligent dogs with a great capacity for learning.

Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie)
Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie)
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7. Labrador

Originally from Newfoundland, in present-day Canada, Labradors are balanced, easy to train, curious, alert, and sociable. They are ideal for accompaniment and playing with children, making it one of the breeds most common in homes and one of the most widespread dogs in the world.

It performs its mission as a companion, hunting, and assistance dog with great ease. They are also reliable working dogs.

They are part of the canine police brigades in anti-drug, anti-explosive, search and rescue operations, among others. They are also used as guide dogs.

With training, the Labrador is one of the most talented dog breeds out there.

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8. Butterfly

Hailing from France and Belgium, they are dogs known for their ears similar to those of a butterfly (“papillon” in French means butterfly). They were baptized with this name by Queen Marie Antoinette, who had a dog of this breed which she called Le Petit Papillon.

It is a great companion dog for its sensitive and observant character and his ease of training and learning. This breed is highly intelligent, energetic, and hunts rats like no other.

They are very sociable dogs and perfect for the home, because they have a great capacity to adapt to different types of people as well as other animals.

Butterfly
Butterfly
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9. Rottweiler

With its typical stamp, it appears on the list of “potentially dangerous dogs” due to its physical characteristics and although it has a bad reputation as an aggressive dog, the truth is that the Rottweiler is a faithful companion, good with children and generally of a balanced character.

It is a very intelligent dog, although at times it can become a bit stubborn. He has a great capacity for learning, but you have to be aware that do not attend to external stimuli.

They are good enough therapy dogs for police work. Have protective instinct which makes many people use them to protect their homes.

Rottweiler
Rottweiler

It is a breed native to Germany, although it was also used in Ancient Rome. He was known as “Rottweil’s butcher dog” because he was used to guarding and herding livestock and pulling carts loaded with meat along with other products to the market, in that German region of Rottweil that gave him his name. It was used in its traditional roles until the mid-19th century when the train made its appearance and replaced it in its hauling work. Although it is still used in herding, its main functions are as a police dog, defense, search and rescue, guide, and guardian, among others.

It is one of the strongest and most powerful races in the world due to its great biting power.

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10. Australian Cattle Dog

Also called Australian sheepdogThis breed will be happy to have a space to be at ease in the open air, but it is also suitable for coexistence due to its intelligence and learning skills.

They are dogs very energetic and tireless, so they need correct training from a very young age. They are smart and they learn very fast the rules and regulations they must adhere to.

Australian cattle dog
Australian cattle dog

An Australian cattle dog is not the ideal dog to be kept in a yard, because it requires work and coexistence with people. Isolated in a house they can create problems. The problem is not the space, since they can be adapted to any home and climate, but the exercise and the time that the owner must dedicate to it. If he is not provided with a job, he will look for it himself and will dedicate himself to cutting plants, chewing chairs, digging holes …

Australians are highly versatile and tireless workers who adapt to various activities. They have been used as search and rescue dogs, drug and bomb detectors, service dogs, and, of course, herding livestock.

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