Smartest Dogs in the World

Smartest Dogs in the World

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Dogs are man’s best friend. They are cute, fun and tricky at times. There are dogs that are just too lazy to learn new tricks and even do things that their masters or owners want them to do. However, there are also the fast learners and highly trainable dog breeds that every pet lover dreams to have. Whether you already have one or you are planning to get a dog for a pet, check if you have one of these top 10 smartest dogs in the world in your list.

Australian Cattle Dog

The Australian Cattle Dog is a short-coated, medium-sized dog which is a working breed, has high levels of energy, an independent streak and a quick intelligence. It is highly trainable, especially if the training is challenging and interesting. They form strong bonds with their owners and can be protective. They were originally bred to guide cattle and sheep and excel in obedience training.


The Papillon is a cute, butterfly-eared dog which is tough, smart and strong contrary to how fragile it looks like. They survive well in long walks and have an exceptional intelligence ten times its size. It is an excellent watchdog and a great companion. They are also protective to their owners and their possessions. They have that profound intelligence that makes them perfect companions to anywhere you take them.


The Rottweiler was originally employed in Germany as a herding dog, but today they are used as search and rescue dogs, guard dogs or police dogs, and guide dogs for the blind. The Rottweiler is placid in basic disposition, good-natured, very devoted, submissive, obedient, and willing to work. They are self-assured, fearless and steady. They are very alert to their environment, protective of their owners and adapt well to the surroundings. The Rottweiler fits well to being a guardian, companion, and an all-purpose dog.

Labrador Retriever

Labs are one the smartest dogs in the world and the most popular breed chosen by families. They are well-behaved and even-tempered, and are great companions for children and the elderly. They are playful, athletic and were frequently trained in other countries as a guide dog to autistic and blind people, act as therapy dogs, and can do detection and screening work for the law enforcement agencies.

Doberman Pinscher

Although Dobermans are originally considered as working dogs, they are more popular for their fearlessness and aggressiveness. They are alert, intelligent and loyal companion dogs. They were also police dogs in the past. Because they were bred to be a personal protection dog, they had to be intimidating, large, fearless and willing to defend their owners. However, they are also obedient and restrained to only do things in command. They are highly trainable, easily learn to respect and protect their owners, making them ideal as house dogs.

Golden Retriever

Golden Retrievers used to gundogs and are great companions in hunting and shooting parties. They love water and have the instinctive abilities to hunt, so they need to be kept in a fenced area. They are considered one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world and are ideal as house pets. Because of their high level of intelligence, they can be guide dogs, hearing dogs, hunting dogs, search and rescue dogs, and illegal-drug detector. They are also loyal, friendly and gentle with children.

Shetland Sheepdog

The Sheltie is a breed of herding dog because of their willingness to work hard and please their owners. They  are excitable, vocal and energetic dogs and were originally used for herding and protecting sheep in the Shetland Isles. They are excellent watchdogs because of their intelligent, lively, playful nature, and their willingness to please and obey, so they are highly trainable. They are very loyal to their family but protective against strangers. Their herding instinct makes them enjoy chasing squirrels, ducks, children and even cars. Shelties can understand a new command in less than 5 repetitions and would follow a command even at first instruction.

German Shepherd

German Shepherd dogs were bred for herding and guarding sheep way back in 1899. Because of their intelligence, strength, obedience and trainability, they are now preferred all over the world for many types of activities, such as police dogs, search-and-rescue dogs, and even acting. They are able to learn simple commands in just five repetitions. They are also able to learn quickly and interpret instructions better compared to other breeds.


Poodles are perfect human companions. They are most popular in dog competitions because they are easily trainable, sharp-minded and dedicated. They are effective as guard dogs, can swim, and are good at hunting and retrieving. The Poodle enjoys play time and is popular circus performers. When they get bored, they tend to find ways to keep them entertained, and will become troublesome at times.

 Border Collie

Border Collies are herding dogs and the smartest dogs in the world. They are acrobatic, smart, extremely energetic, and athletic. They excel in dog sports and are increasingly becoming popular as house pets. They can thrive well in families that are active and energetic because they always like to play and exercise with their owners. When Border Collies get bored or are not cared for properly, they tend to become aggressive, chew on walls and furniture and dig holes. But when they are at the right household with proper care and plenty of activities, they are well-behaved, very easy to train, and very loyal to their owners.

Smart dogs are great at making them household pets. Most dogs prefer to have plenty of playtime and exercise. Like all other dogs, they must be properly groomed and cared for so they will not develop any health problems. Their diets must be carefully planned so they can perform of what is expected from them. When dogs are shown love, care, and affection, they will also the same in return. These dogs are highly trainable, obedient, loyal and protective.

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