8 Smartest Dog Breeds in The World Ranked By Intelligence

If you’re looking for a pet that’s quick to learn tricks and commands, several breeds can fit the bill. These pups have the intelligence to match their obedience.

1. Border Collies

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It should be no surprise that Border Collies top the list of smartest dog breeds. These extremely hard-working herding dogs are known for their friendliness, endurance, and loyalty.

Border Collies

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Remembering Chaser, a remarkable Border Collie who made headlines as the world’s most intelligent dog. Chaser was astonishingly able to recognize and recall the names of over 1,000 objects.

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2. Poodles

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When it comes to smarts, Poodles stand out from the pack. They can learn new commands with fewer repetitions than most breeds and obey known commands at a much higher success rate.


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On average, they are able to learn a new command in less than five repetitions and will obey known commands 95% of the time or better – making them exponentially faster learners than the average dog.

3. German Shepherds

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German Shepherds are incredibly intelligent and obedient dogs and the third smartest in the pack. They have the uncanny ability to learn commands extremely quickly, often with fewer repetitions than other breeds.

German Shepherds

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This breed is highly instinctual and was originally bred to herd sheep. Nowadays, German Shepherds can be found in a variety of jobs, such as seeing-eye dogs, police dogs, sentinels, guard dogs, search and rescue dogs, tracking dogs, and therapy dogs.

Their exceptional intelligence and even-tempered disposition make them an ideal choice for any of these roles.

4. Golden Retriever

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Golden Retrievers are well-known for their loyal and gentle nature, always eager to please. They were originally bred as gundogs to fetch fowl from the water or forest.

These dogs have a strong retrieving instinct, as their name suggests, and an even-tempered disposition, making them a bright companion for your home.

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Golden Retrievers are often selected as guide dogs for the visually impaired, as they must possess a high level of intelligence and undergo specialized training to prepare them for traveling with their handlers.

Guide dogs must be able to identify potential dangers and respond accordingly while keeping their humans safe. They must also be adept at navigating busy environments.

5. Doberman Pinscher

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The Doberman Pinscher is renowned for its intelligence, ranking 5th in obedience and working intelligence. Bred by Louis Dobermann, a tax collector who needed protection on his rounds, these dogs are exceptionally capable guard animals.

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Highly alert and able to quickly assess potential threats, the Doberman has become a preferred choice as a police and military dog as well as a home guardian.

Their sharp intelligence and instincts make them one of the smartest breeds in the world.

6. Shetland Sheepdog

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The Shetland Sheepdog is a herding breed known for its agility, alertness, and intelligence. They are often used as medical alert dogs and service and therapy animals.

In addition, they excel in various dog sports such as rally, agility, herding, and obedience, making them one of the top canine competitors in the world.

Shetland Sheepdog

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They are very protective of their family and bark to tell you someone is coming, making them a great watchdog. Known for being vocal dogs, they tend to bark quite often.

7. Labrador Retriever

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The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular breeds in the world, and they’re also one of the brightest.

Labrador Retrievers are very intelligent and popular dogs. They have a unique set of skills, like their webbed toes that help them swim better and their double-layered coat which increases buoyancy in the water.

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Labradors also have an innate type of intelligence that allows them to learn quickly without being taught – this can be beneficial, but they may also use it to figure out how to get around doors and gates.

They are also great watchdogs as they bark when someone is approaching.

8. Papillion

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The Papillon is a small, spritely dog breed known for its large butterfly-like ears and colorful coat. They are incredibly intelligent, active dogs that enjoy being part of family activities and make excellent competitors in sports.


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Paps are hardy despite their delicate appearance and can do well in warm or cool climates as well as urban or rural environments. They are known to be friendly, happy, alert dogs and will bark when someone approaches their home.

They require a lot of attention and mental stimulation, making them the eighth smartest breeds.

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