The Top 10 Smartest Dog Breeds this year

By | March 31, 2019

What is the smartest dog breed in 2019?

Dog intelligence is the process in dogs of storing in memory, comparing, retrieving and using in new different situations all stored information and skills to react in the right way.

Everyone claims that his dog is the smartest. But On what criteria should dogs be classified?

The ranking criteria of the smartest dog

A Canadian psychologist named Stanley Coren, in his book “The Intelligence of Dogs”, tried to classify the dogs according to their intelligence level through 3 main lines: intelligence of adaptation to situations, intelligence work and instinctive intelligence.

Thus we find in the first position of the ranking the Border Collie, it is finally not surprising given its performance in the competitions of Obedience and Agility. Finally, we find in the last place the Afghan Hound. For our ranking we have retained the first 10 smartest dogs among the 132 classified.

Smart Dog: The Top 10 Rankings

1- The Border Collie

The Border Collie

Queen Victoria was a true dog lover who took a liking to many breeds, but in the early 1860s she became an active Border Collie enthusiast.

The Border Collie was originally developed in Scotland and thrived in the region on the border of Scotland and England.

A great working dog, he constantly needs to be stimulated physically as well as intellectually. A star par excellence in obedience and agility contests, the Border Collie needs to be well educated and to have an available master who will be able to fill it with physical activities.

2- The Poodle

The Poodle

Often described as the most intelligent dog in the world, the Poodle is playful, friendly and easy to educate. He always asks to learn new things and has proven himself in circus performances.

Most Standard Poodles make great watchdogs and some even have mild (and sensible) protective instincts, but this is not an aggressive breed. Since the Poodle is ranked as one of the smartest dog breeds in the world, it’s quite common for people to wonder how they compare to humans.

3- The German Shepherd

The German Shepherd

Versatile, easy to educate and very receptive, the German Shepherd is used for several tasks including assistance, care or research. He needs a lot of exercise and does not like boredom. Very intelligent, he is a sensitive person who shows himself very faithful to his master.

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The German Shepherd has a fast and retentive memory. This helps it to remember words of importance, commands, and tricks that you may teach him or her.

4- The Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever

Dog docile and easy to educate par excellence, the Golden Retriever is a great service dog who takes pleasure in the role of guide dog where he excels. He lives very well in apartment but needs exercise and a lot of presence on the part of his master.

Because the Golden Retriever is so popular, there are many people breeding Goldens who care more about making money out of the demand for puppies than in breeding happy, healthy dogs. Highly sought after for both its easy-going nature and high intelligence, the golden retriever has been a popular dog breed for hundreds of years.

5- The Dobermann

The Dobermann

The Dobermann is a very gentle dog, sensitive and strongly attached to his master. He is a very good caretaker with a strong character provided he is well educated and without any violence. Patient and accomplice with the children, he is also an outstanding sportsman.

During World War II, Dobermans served the U.S. Marine Corps in their war dogs program. The dogs were used throughout the South Pacific to lead patrols through the hot dense jungle, guard troops at night while they slept.


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6- The Shetland Sheepdog

The Shetland Sheepdog

Bright and eager Shelties are easy trainers and world-class competitors in obedience, agility, and herding trials. Shetland sheepdogs, known affectionately as Shelties, look at first glance like miniature rough collies. In fact, they are often mistakenly called Miniature collies;

The Shetland Sheepdog is a faithful dog, affectionate and very attached to its masters. Distrustful with strangers, he makes a very good companion for children with whom he is very gentle.

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7- The Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever

The Labrador retriever is the most popular dog in the U.S. and it also happens to be one of the smartest dog breeds out there. His reputation is well established as he has been a huge success in recent years.

The Labrador Retriever can be both very playful and very serious in tasks such as assisting the blind and the disabled. Labradors are athletic dogs that were originally bred for retrieving fishing nets and as such they have webbed feet and extremely strong necks.

8- The Papillion or The Butterfly Dog

The Butterfly Dog

Papillon is French for “butterfly.” The canines earned their bug-inspired name thanks to their ears, which fan out like butterfly wings.

The Butterfly is a gentle, affectionate and calm dog that is particularly suitable for the elderly. Funny and mischievous, he will smile again at his owner. It is given antidepressant virtues.

9- The Rottweiler

The Rottweiler

Rottweilers are confident, powerful, and loving companions. Rottweilers were originally “drovers,” meaning their job was to protect cattle and other livestock and he can do it with intelligence.

A watchdog par excellence, the Rottweiler was unfortunately classified as a category 2 dog. Yet he is a very affectionate dog, docile and devoted to his masters. Very cuddly with children, far from popular clichés, it has an exceptional flair, which makes it a very good research dog.

10- The Australian Cattle

The Australian Cattle

Very good working dog, used in the guard of cattle, the Australian Cattle Dog is ingenious, loyal and very good guardian. It is a dog who needs to be constantly awake and to have a master who takes care of him and gives him various tasks.

This is an indoor/outdoor dog. While the Australian Cattle Dog should certainly have access to a securely fenced yard, he should be with his family when they are home.

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Note: this ranking is not to be confused with possible rankings of the most obedient dogs. Intelligence and obedience are two different ranking criteria.

The Top 10 Smartest Dog Breeds this year
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