In addition to being excellent companions, dogs are also animals capable of learning complex commands and adapting to complex situations, exhibiting an evolved form of intelligence.
Since most people would choose to choose their dog breed based on intelligence, here are the top 10 smartest dog breeds, starting from last to earliest.
10. Australian Mountain Dog
As the name suggests, this breed is of Australian origin. Primarily used for herding, these dogs are excellent in this area.
They are the offspring of a cross between a dingo (a breed of African wild dog) and dogs of English origin. He was bred to be a loyal but hyperactive dog that needs to be constantly alert with a very present owner.
Physically this dog has a mottled blue coat or even red trout, measuring 40 to 53 cm at the withers for a weight of about 15 kg.
The Rottweiler is a dog whose fame is unfortunately due to its abuse, especially as a fighting dog, so much so that it is now classified as a category 2 dog.
In fact, this dog is not aggressive by nature, despite its imposing body.
On the contrary, he is very loyal and protective, especially with the children he loves, which makes him an excellent watchdog, sometimes wary of strangers.
It will only be necessary to educate him well to prevent his protective nature from taking over your hands.
The Rottweiler also has a very fine nose, so it is often used as a search or field protection dog.
This breed is very impressive physically, as it has a black and tan coat that measures between 55 and 70cm at the withers and weighs around fifty kilos, which means it is a beautiful animal.
8. Continental Dwarf Spaniel
Native to southern Europe, this tiny dog is also known as a “butterfly spaniel” due to its long, floppy ears, which resemble the wings of a butterfly.
Small dogs are said to be often less intelligent than large dogs, but this is not the case, as they have an extraordinary ability to learn.
In fact, he is capable of learning all kinds of tricks as long as they are taught through positive learning because, with his small size, the Butterfly Spaniel can become very intimidating at the slightest sign of aggression.
This dog breed is also used as a therapy dog, will reassure patients in addiction treatment centers (among others), and will be a great companion for the elderly.
Physiologically, the butterfly spaniel is far from being a predator, averaging only 28cm, weighing between 1.5 and 5kg for larger males.
His dress is mostly white, dotted with spots, the color of which can be very variable.
7. Labrador Retriever
The Labrador retriever has grown in popularity over the years and it’s not without reason. Indeed, this dog with its playful, loyal and happy character is initially a perfect family dog.
Keep in mind, however, that the Labrador may not be aware of his size and strength as an adult, which sometimes leads to minor accidents when playing with children.
In addition, the Labrador retriever has great learning skills, so much so that it is often used as a guide dog for the handicapped, visually impaired or hearing impaired.
The physique of this brave animal is well known: a coat of very variable color, which can vary from white to black, passing through beige or chocolate. It measures between 53 and 60 cm at the withers for about thirty kg.
6. Shetland shepherd
Originally, as the name suggests, from the Shetland Isles in Scotland, the Shetland Sheepdog is a dog that was used primarily as a herding dog, a task it performed well.
Today this dog adapts very well to family life, being a faithful dog and very kind to children, although wary of strangers.
However, his herding instincts require that his intelligence be tested on a daily basis through physical activities, and this is fantastic, as he is able to learn many tricks.
Physically, the Shetland Sheepdog has long two-tone hair with different colors (black and white, black and tan and many others). It measures an average of 36 cm for an average of 8 kg.
Like the Rottweiler, the Dobermann falls victim to its bad reputation, dating back to World War II, as the German army used it as a war dog because it was the only breed that was not afraid of spear fire.
However, while not a dog breed that a beginner would recommend, the Doberman Pinscher, in addition to being a great guard dog, can be a formidable dog, very loyal, protective and close to his owners.
However, it will be necessary to be vigilant during his education, and above all not to use violence against him.
Which should be normal, but it is always good to clarify, otherwise he runs the risk of becoming suspicious himself.
He will also need masters of the sport to practice daily and thrive.
Even today this dog breed is used as a guard dog in the police or army or as a protector of the area.
The Doberman’s physique will impress more than one person with his predatory appearance, he is high-legged (between 60 and 75cm) and very slender (40kg on average).
Its coat is similar to that of a Rottweiler, i.e. black and tan.
4. Golden retriever
The Golden Retriever is a dog of British origin that was originally used for hunting as a supply dog.
Since the 1990s, this dog has been extremely popular with families, being very playful and intelligent as well as being very kind to children.
Their great intelligence made them the most used guide dog as a blind guide dog even before the Labrador.
Physically, the Golden Retriever looks like a Labrador (so they are often confused), except that he has longer hair.
Its coat ranges from creamy white to dark gold (hence its name), measures 50 to 56 cm at the withers and weighs around 30 kg.
3. German Shepherd
The German Shepherd dog that originated in Germany. He is famous among police dogs for his versatility and intelligence that allows him to quickly learn new commands.
As such, it is used as a guard, search or even assistance dog for people with disabilities. He can get used very well even within a family, as he is very kind to children and very loyal to his owner.
Keep in mind, however, that this dog doesn’t like to be bored, so he’ll need to be paced regularly in order for him to thrive.
In addition to his black coat with brown spots, the German Shepherd has a wolfish physique. It covers a distance from 55 to 65 cm for a weight ranging from 20 to 40 kg.
Formerly a hunting dog for aquatic animals such as ducks, now known as a dog capable of learning all kinds of complex tricks. He excelled above all in circus numbers, during which he could perform brilliantly.
The Poodle is also a great dog to live with in the family, but will require a lot of attention, being extremely close to his owner, so much so that at times he can be absent or depressed for too long. It is possible.
The poodle’s body is famous, its coat is curly or curly and very variable in color. It measures between 35 and 40 cm (we are talking about the average poodle here) for about ten kilos.
1. Border Collie
Considered everywhere smartest dog in the entire world, the Border Collie is known to perform very complex stunts. He is also the star of agility competitions, finishing first in most competitions.
At home he is a dog that will need to be stimulated and occupied often enough to be truly successful, not putting up with boredom, a trait that surely derives from his origins as a shepherd dog.
The Border Collie has long black and white hair, weighing 15 to 25 kg.