I didn't do any research on this, but I would imagine that German Shepherds and labs are the smartest. Based on the type of dogs that professional like to use for special tasks. Police dogs, leader dogs for the blind, etc.
#5 Doberman Pinscher #4 Golden Retriever #3 German Shepherd #2 Poodle and
#1 Border Collie
I think that the key work on dog intelligence was done by Stanley Coren and written in his book "The Intelligence of Dogs":
That's probably the first place to look. But you'll probably want to also look at his definition of intelligence, as well as different ways of viewing dog intelligence.
There are a few caveats about selecting a dog as a pet based on intelligence. The first that comes to mind is that consistent training on the part of the owner is probably more important than the intelligence of the dog. No dog is born knowing how to be a good member of society; it is always the owner's role to teach (and consistently reinforce) this to the dog. An intelligent dog will learn to sit, stay, etc. quicker than a not intelligent dog. But if you don't learn how to train him - and invest the time to do so - then he will not sit just because you say "sit".
Second, intelligent dogs need constant mental stimulation. They can get bored easily. If not given appropriate mental stimulation they might act out (eg chew inappropriately) in order to engage themselves mentally. I say this because I just adopted an intelligent dog and was surprised to learn this myself! In short, there is a downside to intelligence in dogs which I was surprised about.
I wrote a hub on this because the book cited by Ari is so wrong as to be offensive. Border collies were his number one choice since they are so easy to train, but yes, michiganman, the GSD and Labrador were in the top ten. That is because they are easy to lead around and will fetch balls. Does that mean that anyone who follows orders is more intelligent than someone who refuses and has to think about whether the order is acceptable?
If you are looking for a dog do not go on the suggestion of intelligence. Find a dog that is right for you and your family.
This Hub was written in response to the question: What are some dogs that are smartest, and easiest to train? Here the author presents her top 5 picks, with plenty of pictures and information on each breed. read more
This really depend upone what you want to teach the dog... just basic obedeince, A therapy dog, A protection dog, A frizbee dog, Agailty??? My favorite and I think the most all around easiest to train and smartest is the Belgian malinois... A great resource for this would be from Dr. P's (just google it) He was a professor at the university of Wisconsin and has done some great research.
Study after study has shown the border collie to be the easiest to train. From my experience as a professional trainer and after training well over a thousand dogs I would agree, the BC is the easiest to train.
BUT the BC is a handful of a dog. It needs a JOB. You can't get one and put it in the backyard or it will create it's own interesting fun. You won't like what it chooses!!! BCs need specific type of owners who are extremely active and have loads of time to put into training. A BC needs to do something like herding, agility, flyball, disc dog, etc. Of course, I know couch potato BCs, too, but generally speaking a well bred BC from good lines will need to be working.
However, that also doesn't mean that other breeds aren't intelligent. One of the problems with measuring "intelligence," in either dogs or people, is that we really can't avoid measuring what the dog knows or has learned or can learn.
So breeds that were bred to work with humans - in other words bred specifically for the trait of being eager to learn from a human - will do better at intelligence tests. They are more eager learners - but does this make them smarter?
Afgan Hounds are generally considered to be among the dumber breeds. However they are sight hounds. They were bred to work completely independent of the hunter, working a mile away and holding at bay the prey until the hunter appeared to kill it. They were not bred, like say a herding dog, to follow extremely closely the commands of a human.
So a sight hound really doesn't care much what the human thinks, asks, does, etc. during training. But does that make them dumg? No...it makes them sight hounds.
However then how do you test their intelligence? Every dog intelligence test I have seen is vastly flawed. One intelligence test looked at how fast a dog covered by a blanket got itself extracted from the blanket. Well....I actually train
It sounds like you know a great deal about dogs. I love your picture. Thank your for all of this info. I used to have a neighbor with a border collie and I remember it being very smart.
Thank you mmdonders. BCs are amazing dogs. Not the dog for me personally, but they are great.
Not our most wonderful and helpful dog that should have been called God (backwards).
by richtwf 8 years ago
Which dog is the most intelligent?
by Ken R. Abell 6 years ago
Which breed(s) of dogs are easiest to train? Which are more difficult or problematic?
by Joe Njenga 6 years ago
Which is the best dog breed for you?I own a GSD and am thinking I need a collie, I admire their intelligence. I would like to know which breed you consider to be the best dog breed for you and why.
by tksensei 9 years ago
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by Sammy 5 months ago
What breed of dog is better? Border Collie or Golden Retriever?
by cruelkindness 3 years ago
Who is considered the most intelligent living person in the world ?
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