The smartest dog breeds

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.

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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.

TOP 10

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

2. Poodle

3. German shepherd

4. Golden retriever

5. Doberman pinscher

6. Shetland sheepdog

7. Labrador Retriever

8. Papillon

9. Rottweiler

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

21. Weimaraner

22. Belgian Malinois, Bernese mountain dog

23. Pomeranian

24. Irish water spaniel

25. Vizsla

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.

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27. Yorkshire terrier

28. Giant schnauzer, Portuguese water dog

29. Airedale, Bouv Flandres

30. Border terrier

31. Welsh springer spaniel

32. Manchester terrier

33. Samoyed

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

39. Dalmatian

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

50. Malamute

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.

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55. Skye terrier

56. Norfolk terrier, Sealyham terrier

57. Pug

58.French bulldog

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

67. Chihuahua

68. Lhasa apso

69. Bullmastiff

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.

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70. Shih Tzu

71. Basset hound

72. Mastiff, Beagle

73. Pekingese

74. Bloodhound

75. Borzoi

76. Chow chow

77. Bulldog

78. Basenji

79.Afghan hound

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


clarin newspaper

Purina UK

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