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Top 10 Smartest Dogs

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Top 10 Smartest Dogs

By PetMD

We’ve gathered a wide sample of dog breeds, sharpened their No. 2 pencils (you know, no opposable thumbs), and asked them to fill out a simple intelligence questionnaire. OK, maybe not. But PetMD did come up with a list of the top 10 smartest canine breeds in the world. See if your dog’s breed makes the grade.


10. Australian Cattle Dog

Yes, that Australian Cattle Dog from Down Under. A working dog that is traditionally occupied with controlling and herding cattle, its qualities are exceptional intelligence, alertness, resourcefulness and a fiercely protective loyalty over its property and people. They are agile, strong, active dogs, both physically and mentally, which revel in new experiences. The flip side is that they bore easily and will unintentionally find trouble while looking for activities to occupy themselves with. The Cattle Dog is very organized; many are known for putting their own toys away after playing.

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7:41PM PDT on Sep 27, 2015

Standard Poodles are incredibly smart. Males who are not neutered will fight other dogs for the kill. Most people they like. Personal experience only.

5:37AM PDT on Apr 30, 2015

@ Sandra G:

I agree, but the Australian Shepherd is from the USA, not Spain.

11:56PM PST on Dec 30, 2014

I liked this article. thanks. I thought Jack Russels would be on this list, I once met a very smart one.

5:50AM PST on Dec 24, 2014

all animals are smarter than we think..

2:11AM PST on Dec 24, 2014

They are all wonderful dogs, Thank you for sharing. Also a very Merry Christmas to everyone including all the wonderful animals, From Down Under, we Aussies

10:11AM PST on Nov 7, 2014

Thanks for the article.

7:33AM PDT on Oct 4, 2014

You idiots .. that's NOT an Australian Cattle Dog .. that is an Australian Shepherd and the shepherds are far smarter than Cattledogs ... and Aussies are NOT from Australia (shaking my head here) they're from Spain .. Don't post crap you know nothing about.

10:28AM PDT on Oct 2, 2014

I have a Standard Poodle and they are smart smart smart! The forgot the Pomeranian and Golden Doodle too - these creatures are highly intelligent.

12:19PM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

Yaay for my favourite, the GSD!!

5:35AM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

my favorites are German Shepherd, Husky and Labrador

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