The intelligence of various Dog Breeds

Intelligence Variations

If a dog is bred to hunt, herd, or retrieve, it is more likely to be quick on its feet, eager to work, and to please you.


The top dogs absorbed commands in less than five repetitions and obeyed them 95% of the time or better.

Border Collie

The Border Collie is the world's premier sheep herder, prized for its intelligence, extraordinary instinct, and working ability.


Poodles are exceptionally smart and active. They were bred to retrieve things from the water.

German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is the world's leading police, guard, and military dog. It is also a loving family companion and herder.

Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers are intelligent and eager to please. They were bred as hunting companions and are ideal as guides and for search-and-rescue operations.

Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinschers are known for their stamina and speed. They were bred to be guardians and are in demand as police and war dogs.

Top 7 Smartest Dog Breeds