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Most Intelligent Dog - Least Intelligent Dog

Updated on September 10, 2014

Which are the most or least intelligent dog breeds?

Well someone has finally decided to set the record straight on the intelligence levels of different dog breeds and the findings just may surprise you.

Using statistical data provided by 200 dog obedience judges, Mr. Stanley Coren has compiled a descending list of dog breeds by intelligence level. The study focused on 110 dog breeds, and the resulting list is a compilation of the intelligence level of dog breeds as indicated by their ranking within the study.

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Dog books by Stanley Coren give you a special dogs eye view of the world.

Do Dogs Dream?: Nearly Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know
Do Dogs Dream?: Nearly Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know

Do Dogs Dream? Everything your dog wants you to know by Stanley Coren is a book which will help you delve in a little closer into exactly how your dog's mind works. This is a book which every dog owner should read.

 

Determining dog intelligence.

Stanley Coren is a psychology professor and neuro-psychological researcher who has now also become well known for his research studies into dog behavior and intelligence. Perhaps his most recognized work in this area is his listing of the most intelligent dog breeds.

A few key factors in a dogs intelligence ranking were the "understanding of new commands" and "obey first command". The highest category rated dogs had an "understanding of new commands" within 5 or fewer repetitions and "obeyed first command" 95 percent of the time or better. While the lowest ranking of dogs took 80 to 100 repetitions before they appeared to develop an "understanding of new commands" and "obeyed first command" 25 percent of the time or less.

Factors which were not taken into account in determining intelligence, and which could have some influence on levels, were a dogs stubborn nature, and willingness to please their trainer.

So how does your dog stack up compared to others?

The most intelligent dogs to top the list were:

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

Keep in mind that the highest category rated dogs had an "understanding of new commands" within 5 or fewer repetitions and "obeyed first command" 95 percent of the time or better. While the lowest ranking of dogs took 80 to 100 repetitions before they appeared to develop an "understanding of new commands" and "obeyed first command" 25 percent of the time or less.

Challenge your dog to learn new tasks.

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Most dogs love to please their master so this makes challenging them to learn new tasks a fun adventure. To your dog a set of Pet safe weave poles are a fun way to play.

 

Intelligent dogs that rated from between 11 and 20 on the most intelligence dog list.

11. Welsh Corgi

12. Miniature Schnauzer

13. English Springer Spaniel

14. Belgian Shepherd

15. Schipperke

Belgian Sheepdog

16. Collie

Keeshond

17. German Shorthaired Pointer

18. Flat-Coated Retriever

English Cocker Spaniel

Standard Schnauzer

19. Brittany

20. Cocker Spaniel

You will notice that some dogs tied for their spot on the most intelligent dog list.

Clickers are another very effective means of training your dog.

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Karen Pryor i-Click Dog Training Clicker, 3 Clickers

The clicker training system is another method of training your dog to learn new tricks. It's a puppy friendly way to train your pet.

 

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The least Intelligent dogs on the list were....

70. Shih Tzu

71. Basset Hound

72. Mastiff

73. Beagle

74. Pekingese

75. Bloodhound

76. Borzoi (Russian Wolfhound)

77. Chow Chow

78. Bulldog

79. Basenji

80. Afghan Hound

Remember that the highest category rated dogs had an "understanding of new commands" within 5 or fewer repetitions and "obeyed first command" 95 percent of the time or better. While the lowest ranking of dogs took 80 to 100 repetitions before they appeared to develop an "understanding of new commands" and "obeyed first command" 25 percent of the time or less.

Didn't find your pet on the most intelligent dog list or the least intelligent dog list?

Find out where your dog ranks compared to other breeds. You can view the complete Stanley Coren dog intelligence list at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Intelligence_of_D...

So how did your dog rank on the most intelligent dog list?

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So whichever dog it is that warms your heart.....

When the time comes to train your puppy the dog intelligence lists may help you to know how patient you will have to be during the process.

Just keep in mind that it is not always the smartest dog who is the best dog. Loyalty and a gentle nature are very important too.

My favorite dog breeds turn out to be some of the lowest dogs on the list but that's perfectly okay with me. I love Beagles and the loudly baying Hound dogs. I guess I have a soft spot for the dumbest dogs (or maybe it is reversed there and they have a soft spot for me).

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Intelligence_of_D...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/59...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Coren" target=

http://www.petschannel.com/forum/?page=topic&topic...

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So what do you think of the most intelligent dog list?

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      Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      We have a Border Collie and agree with the survey. We also had a Labrador Retriever and they are both smart and great problem solvers too, but the Border Collie is also ore creative in the way he asks for things. He gets your attention in different ways every time! Great Hub voted accordingly.

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      I was thinking about getting a German Shepherd, Yes I will get one as soon as possible. Thanks for the info.

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      Brian Stephens 3 years ago from France

      Great idea, I knew the most intelligent before I looked but still a really good read and I found my dog up there near the top as well. Loved the video of the guilty dog, so funny.

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      rarag3 3 years ago

      Nah. I think all of the dogs' smartness is equal. Just be the BOSS and give some patience. :D I learned this from this site-- dogtrainingasleader.com --. Everything will be easier then. It really worked for me and Brad (my GSD). They have more to offer with their 250+ videos and are adding regularly.

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      SamanthaHaupt 4 years ago

      Great list!

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      mel-kav 4 years ago

      Very interesting - I really enjoyed this lens. And I loved the video - so funny!

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      My dog is half poodle and she's definitely a very smart animal. Cool list, glad you made this.

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      Birthday Wishes 4 years ago from Here

      It is a nice list of smart dogs... :-) Thanks a lot for sharing this great lens!

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      socialcx1 4 years ago

      I have a toy poodle and boy is she smart

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      Sandy Mertens 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      I have a smart German Shepherd. But I do think that it is also in the training.

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      I think it depends on the test. Some might say that an intelligent dog makes its own mind up rather than follows commands that might not be intrinsically suited to a canine. Or perhaps I'm feeling slightly put out about my afghan-cross and chow chow cross :( Interesting lens - and I won't share it with the dogs! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The problem I have with this kind of study is that it takes such a small sample of each breed to try and determine how intelligent the entire breed is.

      We have owned, bred, and raised German Shepherd Dogs for many years, and their intelligence varies just like human intelligence does. Not only that, their stubbornness also varies greatly. For instance, males are usually more stubborn than the females are.

      Iâm just not sure that it is accurate to declare âintelligenceâ for an entire breed based on the actions of a few dogs from that breed. After all, some of the smartest German Shepherd Dogs I have seen are also some of the most stubborn ones.

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      kaylarose01 4 years ago

      Aussie Shepherds..... Ties with border collie :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Redneck Lady Luck: German Shepherd Dogs were bred to be working dogs.

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      Sharon Berry 4 years ago from Michigan

      I enjoyed reading about the intelligence of dogs and who did and didn't make the list. I didn't find the German Wirehaired Pointer on the list but I can assure you they are the smartest dogs I have ever owned. If you love your dog he will do amazing things and this list won't matter to you.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      Interesting and slightly surprising list. Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Even if they are the most intelligent dogs or the less intelligent dogs, somehow all dogs get to be loved, because they give back so much love. For sure the are others that have at home or they had a dog that is from a breed considered less intelligent, and that is certainly not a reason to love them less. Stupid or not, a dog will always be the most faithful friend, and that places them on the top pf any list.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is sweet. I love anything to do about dogs.

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      Otto Phillips 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Well thank you very much! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like it, just stopping by again...thought I would let you know. :)

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      ragtimelil 4 years ago

      I haven't read the book, but I might have to disagree. Many of these at the bottom of the list are hounds. They were not bred to take commands but to hunt independently. I know, from training greyhounds for obedience, that their attitude is, "why?" When motivated, they show amazing intelligence.Two of my greyhounds learned to open the fridge on their own, something none of my border collies ever did.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      I have six of them and they are all very different in what they catch on too and what they don't. One of them is ranked in the least intelligent list up there. He'll never know. lol Gotta love those dogs ;)

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      julieannbrady 4 years ago

      Interesting my dear! Poor doggies who didn't make the cut. arf arf

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I love the video of the dog in trouble. That is a dog that is smart enough to know when he is being dumb lol.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Redneck Lady Luck: I think that they happened to be selected because of specific talents and proclivities which were maintained by continuing to breed to the best.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The absolute smartest? The Collie family! Collies (Rough and Smooth, aka Scotch Collies or Lassie Collies), Border Collies, Shelties, English Shepherds, Australian Shepherds. There are doggie dogs like hounds or Labs, and then there are the Einsteins of the world! :) BIG difference! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It must be wrong. My dog isn't on the least intelligent list, but she fits the definition... can't teach her a thing! (Maybe it would have helped if I'd gotten her while a pup, instead at 8 and set in her ways.)

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      CatarinaAz 5 years ago

      I think the intelligence of a dog mostly comes from the owner of him. Good lens. I must admit that I did not know which is the most smart breed...till now. Thank you.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @msseiboi: I agree. Animals can be our very best companion friends sometimes. They are certainly loyal to those who are kind to them. I love this most intelligent dog list as it helps you to better understand your canine friends.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @tonybonura: I have to agree with the list as border collies and labs are indeed very intelligent dog breeds as far as my experience goes. I have also met and enjoyed a couple of the dumbest dog breeds and must agree that the least intelligent dog list seems to pinpoint theses bang on lol.

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I am a dog lover and it has been my experience that german shepards and the lab breeds are the smartest as far as breeds go. There are exception. I once know this golden retriever; a very beautiful dog, but she was dumb as box of rocks. The smartest dog I ever had was a mixed breed that has a lot of border collie characteristics. Suzie always listened to me and I was always talking to her and letting her know what we going to be doing. She passed on after having been my best friend and confidant, and sleeping partner for over 14 years. That was 12 years ago, and I still miss her to this day.

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      msseiboi 5 years ago

      Dogs are faithful companion...great and amazing lens

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      jolou 5 years ago

      Very interesting list. I had no idea poodles would be near the top of the list!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @Brite-Ideas: Lol the Shih Tzu actually sits down among the lowest intelligence of dogs. It's a good thing they are so cute.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @MagnoliaTree: So the question is: were the most intelligent dogs chosen as work dogs because they were able to more easily adapt to selected tasks or did these dogs adapt over time to become more intelligent dogs because of the tasks they generally participated in?

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      SimSpeaks 5 years ago

      Dogs are intelligent creatures, per se, but if you have a gifted one, nothing like it!

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      MagnoliaTree 5 years ago

      My first greyhound learned commands on the first try-- I knew he was a genius! Interesting that the most intelligent dog breeds are/were working dogs.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      My poor Shih Tzu isn't a genius after all - lol! although she has a very quirky personality and we can make her talk a dog-streak in doggie lingo :)

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      My Tidbit, a chow/Australian shepherd mix who has the personality of a chow, says, "Just because I do not do what you want me to do does not mean I am not intelligent. It may mean I am smarter than you! *Yep, we're stubborn and persistent--you give up before we do.)" Anyway, we enjoyed your intelligent dog list and information. And we agree that love and loyalty is most important in the dog and human exchange.

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      I am shocked to see that a Golden Retriever is near the top of the list. I don't have much knowledge or experience with dogs - I'm a cat lover; however... I fondly remember one of my mother's dogs.. "Campbell", a huge female Golden Retriever. I have never met a sweeter dog in my life but she was clearly not at the head of the class.

      Enjoyed this lens. ~blessed~

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I have seen similar lists and pleased to see the Australian Cattle Dog ranked highly on this as well. So much handy information - thank you.

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      hartworks lm 5 years ago

      I remember reading Coren's book when we had a Basenji and figuring he had it wrong. Basenjis don't care about pleasing us but they are extremely smart. I was on a listserv at the time with the motto "Where it takes 100 people to outsmart one Basenji."

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      Paperquest5 5 years ago

      We have 3 poodles, 2 standards and 1 small one. They can be trained very easily. Our oldest dog has been in 5 plays, he learned to bark on the rests of a song. Our youngest sleeps in a crate, which she learned on her own to open in about 5 minutes.

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      rallo-smith 5 years ago

      I have three labs, we're happy with the results. The video of the guilty lab was awesome. Total enjoyment thanks for sharing.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Lol...yep I could imagine that a black lab would agree with the place spot for the his breed on the most intelligent dog list. Actually we had a black lab when I was a kid and he was indeed very intelligent.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Toby The Wonder Dog, a black lab, heartily agrees that he's one of the smartest dog breeds. =)

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      faye durham 5 years ago

      Very interesting article. It looks like the most intelligent dogs are the hunting dogs because they have learned how to survive in nature.

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      PamelaU 5 years ago

      I'd definitely second border collies being the smartest dogs, having grown up with them. I was surprised at Afghans being the dumbest, though....always thought it was chow chows.

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      Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

      I live with 2 of the most intelligent dogs I have ever met. I didn't see them on the list of intelligent dogs but I know my German Wirehaired Pointers are smart. They learn easily, they are hunting machines, and have a word knowledge that scares me sometimes. My husband and I now spell out words if we don't want them to know something and I think they are beginning to understand that. Great lens!

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      satto76 5 years ago

      I love dogs. Though you have to invest a lot in a dog, it is worth every second of your time. Your dog is the one who always stays with you.

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      AlphaChic 5 years ago

      First, let me say that I think Stanley Coren is great. My favorite book of his is How to Speak Dog. However, I'm not sure Coren's testing methods is as accurate with Min Pins as with other breeds. i say this because Min Pins are not as eager to please as other breeds, and that affects how well they obey commands. BTW, I do own Min Pins, but I am not being defensive nor am I biased--hehe.

      In all seriousness, though, you have a great lens. I enjoyed reading it.

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      The great things about dogs is that you can enjoy them as wonderful companions regardless of how intelligent they are!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      the most intelligent dog is the german shepherd.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @sherridan: Lol...yep. My favorite dog is right down there at the bottom of the intelligence list too. I guess I like dumb dogs.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @dannystaple: My sister raised border collies for many years so they were very much a part of our lives. She gifted one to my dad, but although I know this dog rates high on the most intelligent dog list, I think this puppy was a little too spoiled to qualify.

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      dannystaple 5 years ago

      We've had a few collies, an a few mongrels. I have found that the Mongrels usually are more intelligent and have a better temperament than any of the breeds, but of the breeds, collies are top. I can only presume that the genetic diversity makes for more stable traits perhaps. Enjoyable lens - and really cute vids.

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      sherridan 5 years ago

      Great and interesting lens - for me those ratest the dumbest, tend to be the cutest!

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      RazzbarryBreeze 5 years ago

      You have done a wonderful job with this lens. informative creative and fun all wrapped into one! Well done my friend!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning with a blessing for the most intelligent dogs...and especially for the least intelligent dogs, may they receive the extra patience and love they deserve!

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      beaworkathomemom 5 years ago

      a really fun lens to read, great information here!

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      BlueStarling 5 years ago

      I prefer mixed breeds, and have always found them quick to learn. My Bloodhound mix learns extremely quickly (5 repeats at most), and my small "what not" mix quickly learned "crawl" just by watching me make a crawl motion with my hands and arms. Of course, he learned everything quickly. I disagree with the Beagle evaluation. They figure things out in a flash when they want something. They might be hard to train, but they're intelligent. I knew someone who's Beagle rang a hanging bell whenever he wanted to be let out, though I admit I don't know how long it took him to learn this.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Not much of a 'pets' person, but I enjoyed reading through the list. Shall pass this on to my friends who 'own' dogs! As much as dogs can be trained to 'understand' human speech and gestures; humans still struggle to comprehend pet 'speech'! :)

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      flashgordontags1 5 years ago

      German Shepherds are number 3!? This is rigged.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @Vikk Simmons: Lol...please pass my sympathies along to your Shih Tsu puppy. You will have to explain that it is simply a matter of genetics which will determine how smart or dumb (pardon the expression) a dog is. It's really not Teddy's fault.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @ajgodinho: I think that was perhaps a lot of the benefit in having the most and least intelligent dog lists. Dog owners will know how much more patience they will need with some dog breeds.

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is an interesting lens on various dog breeds and how it relates to their intelligence. Growing up, we had a Doberman for a little while and he was quite well-trained, and boy, very fast on his feet. Dogs make great pets and like you said, ultimately it's not only their intelligence that counts. Though, it's good to know because one can be a little more prepared when it comes to training them. Blessed!

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      'Vikk Simmons 5 years ago from Houston

      I love your page; however, Teddy, my Shih Tsu is voicing his displeasure at the ranking given to his breed. My 5 other dogs aren't complaining. :)

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      e-xplorations 5 years ago

      My love for dogs brought me here AGAIN to the ocean of your interesting Lenses. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Doglover5 5 years ago

      Interesting lens and of course us dog lovers just love them all, bright or not. Some breeds - like the working breeds, really want to please us but I have found that terriers and hounds on the whole, just want to please themselves, so perhaps they are not as dim as we think. Thanks for a well presented lens that gives lots of food for thought.

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      marlene3 5 years ago

      Nice lens. Keep up the good work. Thanks!!!

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      I wouldn't equal dogs that obey with highly intelligent dogs but it really doesn't matter because I love my Chiranian (Chihuahua/Pomeranian), feisty and mostly not very obedient - no matter what any expert says. :) Beautiful and blessed lens!

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      viscri8 5 years ago

      I bless this lens for the love of dogs and for being well written.

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      viscri8 5 years ago

      It must be like it is with people though. I agree that some dog breeds seem to be more receptive/intelligent than others -- however I have known stray dogs that have been genial and had the manners and reactions of real human gentleman or ladies. German shepherds are truly lovely -- but I had one puppy that was so little intelligent that it made me sad.

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      I love dogs but have to admit German Shepherds are my favourite - every one I've ever known had its own personality but was amazingly intelligent. Great lens.

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      Tamara Kajari 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

      I still can't believe that dog doing math...Animals really are amazing in so many ways. Thank you for making this funny, but educational lens. Blessed~

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      Loraine Brummer 6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Informative lens with pictures of a lot of cute dogs. I don't have a dog, but many grandpups.

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      I really think bassets get a bad rap. We've bred them to follow their nose and then they get nailed for not listening. Bum rap, if you ask me.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great info. I think whatever the breed is, they will still love you more than you love them. :) They are man's best friends.

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      Very informative lens.

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      Karnel 6 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      What great information, I so enjoyed reading this lens...So well put together another great masterpiece...

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      Rankography 6 years ago

      nice lens and very interesting information. thanks for sharing.

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      ajilcliaen 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed this page! I have both a border collie (top of the list) and a basset hound (bottom of the list) LOL! Luckily for me, my basset hound is kind of smart too! Fun lens, thanks :)

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      buenasmichelle 6 years ago

      There must have been sometime in the past that you had wondered what could be the smartest and the least smart dog in the planet right? Well, that is normal and nowadays there are plenty of articles about it. You can look them up in articles in magazines. Or you can also try to search for them online, which is easier and more convenient on your part. More information of dog accessories here!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @ChrisDay LM: I think all creatures suffer from these blanks...just set a sizzling steak in front of a guy with high cholesterol and see how fast he forgets that fact (referring to my man of course). So it is easy to see how a dog could drift from one end of the intelligence scale to the other pretty fast if tempted by some form of treat.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @traveller27: Ah you must have stopped by my crow article before arriving on my dog's intelligence one. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @Christine Cameron: Lol...now that is one intelligent dog ;)

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @CrossCreations: Yes the golden retriever is a beautiful dog breed. Most dogs really are extremely loyal no matter which end of the intelligence scale they are on. Dogs are wonderful companions.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @Virginia Allain: My sister and dad both have bordie collies and they really are intelligent dog breeds.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @kougar lm: It is funny but my favorite dogs lie at the least intelligent end of the dog intelligence scale.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @darciefrench lm: Thank you for stopping by my dog intelligence article. Do you have a pet dog Darcie?

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Really enjoyed this page -:)

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      kougar lm 6 years ago

      I have had dogs on both ends of the scale. I had a lot of fun reading your lens. Thank-you

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      That was great. We used to have a border collie and it was indeed a smart dog.

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      Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I'm a golden retriever fan and find them to be more intelligent, well-mannered and loyal than many humans!

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      Christine Cameron 6 years ago

      I've been training dogs a long time and can attest to the accuracy of this list of smartest dogs (for the most part) though every breed has their highlights...and low lights, lol. I now own a German Shepherd and I'm pretty sure she's still training me!

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      traveller27 6 years ago

      Very interesting - I remember seeing a show on crows and all that they were capable of.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      No surprises with the Border Collie, then. Mine is pretty bright about most things. Even then, another aspect not covered is 'type' of intelligence. Mine has blanks, like most BCs, about obsessions.

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @PromptWriter: She'll be happily romping around the house for a few days letting everyone know that she's the boss dog :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @LondonWanderer: Lol...it's a good thing Beagles are cute because they really are not all that smart :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @awakeningwellness: Retrievers and Labs rank very high on the most intelligent dog list and they really do show it. Unfortunately my heart most warms to the dumbest dogs on the intelligent list lol.