These Are the Pups That Top the List of Smartest Dog Breeds

Border Collie

These herders are the valedictorians of the dog world; according to Stanley Coren's intelligence rankings, the majority of them can pick up a new command in less than five repetitions and follow it at least ninety-five percent of the time.


These days, breeders adore standard poodles for reasons more than just their hypoallergenic nature. You can adopt cockapoos, whoodles, and goldendoodles, to mention a few.

German Shepherd

Consistent obedience is expected of German Shepherds, since they are happy to serve as therapy dogs, police dogs, seeing-eye dogs, and support dogs.

Golden Retriever

Yes, according to this intelligence poll, one of the most adored family dogs in the country also received perfect scores. Although the breed was developed with hunting in mind, goldens occasionally appreciate behaving like complete idiots.

Doberman Pinscher

The origins of the Doberman breed date back to the late 1800s, when Louis Dobermann, a German tax collector, desired a medium-sized dog that could serve as a companion and a guard dog.

Shetland Sheepdog

Even in agility, obedience, and herding contests, these cute little balls of fluff can compete with collies. Although Shelties have a tendency to bark, chase, and herd, their loving disposition and love of cuddling will make any animosity disappear.

Labrador Retriever

Whether they are used for guiding dog work, drug detection, or are simply household pets, labs have a great desire to please. As a result, Americans have elevated them to the top breed in the nation for an astounding 27 years running.