What a difficult task to qualify animals as to their intelligence, as we seek to use a rod similar to that of human, but we must understand that animals have another way of expressing their ability and we can analyze more than one aspect.
Canine psychologist Stanley Coren in the 90s indicated that there are adaptive intelligence (i.e., solve things), functional intelligence (i.e., follow orders) and instinctive intelligence (i.e., innate talent), not to mention spatial intelligence, kinesthetic intelligence, interpersonal intelligence and more options.
We agree that perhaps, the best way to do this ranking is to see which dog is smartest in terms of its ability to learn more quickly, the so-called work intelligence.
While it can be said that there are ample exceptions in each breed, and that some dogs have wide advantage, since they have learned for hundreds or thousands of years tasks that gives them a natural instinct, not to mention dogs that are not breed that can possess the same qualities, we pass to mention the list of which dog is the most smart in terms of the selected criteria.
the brightest working dogs, who tend to learn a new command in less than five exposures and obey at least 95 percent of the time
1. Border collie
3. German shepherd
4. Golden retriever
5. Doberman pinscher
6. Shetland sheepdog
7. Labrador Retriever
10. Australian cattle dog
TOP 11 to 26
Second level of which is the smartest dog. Excellent working dogs, they tend to learn a new command in five to 15 exposures and obey at least 85 percent of the time.
11. Pembroke Welsh corgi
12. Miniature schnauzer
13. English springer spaniel
14. Belgian Tervuren
15. Schipperke, Belgian sheepdog
16. Collie Keeshond
17. German short-haired pointer
18. Flat-coated retriever, English cocker spaniel, Standard schnauzer
19. Brittany spaniel
20. Cocker spaniel
22. Belgian Malinois, Bernese mountain dog
24. Irish water spaniel
26. Cardigan Welsh corgi
TOP 27 to 39
Third level: work dogs above average, which tend to learn a new trick in 15 to 25 repetitions and obey at least 70 percent of the time.
27. Yorkshire terrier
28. Giant schnauzer, Portuguese water dog
29. Airedale, Bouv Flandres
30. Border terrier
31. Welsh springer spaniel
32. Manchester terrier
34. Field spaniel, Newfoundland, Australian terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Gordon setter, Bearded collie
35. American Eskimo dog, Cairn terrier, Kerry blue terrier, Irish setter
36. Norwegian elkhound
37. Affenpinscher, Silky terrier, Miniature pinscher, English setter, Pharaoh hound, Clumber spaniel
38. Norwich terrier
TOP 40 to 54
Fourth level: average working dogs, which tend to learn a new trick in 25 to 40 repetitions and obey at least 50 percent of the time.
40. Soft-coated wheaten terrier, Bedlington terrier, Smooth-haired fox terrier
41. Curly-coated retriever, Irish wolfhound
42. Kuvasz, Australian shepherd
43. Saluki, Finnish Spitz, Pointer
44. Cavalier King Charles spaniel, German wirehaired pointer, Black-and-tan coonhound, American water spaniel
45. Siberian husky, Bichon Frise, English toy spaniel
46. Tibetan spaniel, English foxhound, Otterhound, American foxhound, Greyhound, Harrier, Parson Russel terrier, Wirehaired pointing griffon
47. West Highland white terrier, Havanese, Scottish deerhound
48. Boxer, Great Dane
49. Dachshund, Staffordshire bull terrier, Shiba Inu
51. Whippet, Chinese shar-pei, Wirehaired fox terrier
52. Rhodesian ridgeback
53. Ibizan hound, Welsh terrier, Irish terrier
54. Boston terrier, Akita
TOP 55 to 69
Fifth level: Fair working dogs, which tend to learn a new trick in 40 to 80 repetitions and respond about 40 percent of the time.
55. Skye terrier
56. Norfolk terrier, Sealyham terrier
59. Brussels griffon, Maltese terrier
60. Italian greyhound
61. Chinese crested
62. Dandie Dinmont terrier, Vendeen, Tibetan terrier, Japanese chin, Lakeland terrier
63. Old English sheepdog
64. Great Pyrenees
65. Scottish terrier, Saint Bernard
66. Bull terrier, Petite Basset Griffon, Vendeen
68. Lhasa apso
Sixth level – less effective working dogs, which can learn a new trick after more than 100 repetitions and obey about 30 percent of the time.
70. Shih Tzu
71. Basset hound
72. Mastiff, Beagle
76. Chow chow
Again, there are exceptions. And very clear, many times dogs regardless of breed can clearly follow the indications quickly.
Consider that this is a way to identify which dog is smartest, which only takes into account their average ability to learn new commands and in what percentage they listen or abide by them.
In defense of the Afghan Hound, which I feel the obligation to defend, since I myself have shared part of my life with one of these beautiful animals, we should ask ourselves, are we smart enough to know how intelligent animals are? As it say De Waal. Perhaps the Afghan Hound is not unintelligent, but rather, independent and stubborn enough to follow orders, perhaps do not feel indebted to anyone like our friends felines.
Written by Raul of Team Barki
Yale university Canine Cognition Center
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