These Are the Most Intelligent Dog Breeds You’ll Ever Own

From super cuddly pups to dedicated guard dogs, there’s a breed out there for every kind of person, or at least those who are dog-lovers. If you would like to know which dogs are the most intelligent, look no further.

Here are 14 dogs you’ll want to look out for, as these breeds are the smartest you’ll ever own, including a top favorite in America (No. 10).

1. Australian cattle dog

It’s not much of a surprise that Australian cattle dogs have the brains to match their burly work ethics. They’re independent enough to know what they have to do, and not much can get in their way. As the American Kennel Club says, even the most stubborn of cows won’t deter an Australian cattle dog; they’ll just become more motivated to keep at it until the job’s done. Clearly, these dogs have the brains and the brawn.

2. Australian shepherd

Similar to the Australian cattle dog, Australian shepherds are made to work the farm and need to stay active to be happy. Though they’re super independent, Aussies are also very obedient, and their loyalty toward their human is often unmatched. They’re eager to please, and their smarts sometimes mean they’re not fond of wasting their time with other, less intelligent canines.

3. Bloodhound

There’s a reason bloodhounds are so good at sniffing out whatever their owner is on the hunt for. This breed is relentless on the trail. (That’s why law enforcement uses them to track down missing persons.) Their large stature — which can reach up to about 110 pounds — coupled with their irresistibly droopy ears really sets the bloodhound apart from other hunting canines. And although they respond well to training, their behavior around the house doesn’t match their behavior out on the trail, as they tend to be mushy when hanging around at home.

4. Border collie

Lassie is, arguably, the world’s most well-known collie to ever exist. And if you’re familiar with the film, it should come as no surprise that a collie made the list. Although Lassie was a rough collie, the breed shares many of its traits with the border collie, for obvious reasons.

Bred for herding, the border collie has a medium build but is nimble enough to claim the title of being “among the canine kingdom’s most agile, balanced, and tireless citizens.” Furthermore, the AKC says the breed is remarkably smart, with an “uncanny intelligence, athleticism, and trainability.”

5. Corgi

Don’t let a corgi’s small stature fool you — this breed is much smarter than it looks. Not only is the Pembroke Welsh corgi sweet and affectionate, but he’s alert and intelligent, too. Additionally, these guys love to stay active, so if you’re looking for a canine that can keep up with you, a corgi may be for you. Not to mention, how can you resist those stumpy little legs and adorable pointy ears?

6. Doberman pinscher

Most people know the muscular, sturdy Doberman pinscher for his speed and endurance. What you may not have known, though, is just how witty this guy really is. According to the AKC, “The properly bred and trained Doberman has proved itself to be a friend and guardian, and his intelligence and ability to absorb and retain training have brought him into demand as a police and war dog.” Furthermore, these dogs are good with children, loyal, and alert.

7. German shepherd

Unfortunately, some associate German shepherds with a less-than-friendly temperament. But if you’ve ever known a shepherd well, you know just how loyal and loving these dogs can be. Given his esteemed resume — which includes work as a guide dog for the blind and as a trusted aid for police enforcement — it’s no surprise that many consider the German shepherd one of the smartest breeds around. These dogs are confident, courageous, and steady, and the AKC says they require “regular mental and physical exercise.”

8. Golden retriever

There’s no question that the golden retriever is one of the most popular breeds in the country — and for good reason. They’re lovable, loyal, and downright gorgeous. And their enviable qualities don’t just stop at their good looks, either. According to the AKC, “Goldens are good at whatever they do, be it hunting, serving as guide dogs, working search-and-rescue, or being devoted companions.” A golden’s intelligence serves him well, and he’s pretty much always willing and eager to please.

9. Jack Russell terrier

Small but mighty, the Jack Russell terrier is a work-dog who excels in hunting and vermin control alike. Small in stature but big in heart, this breed not only loves to stay active, it needs to. The Jack Russell terrier is active, alert, and inquisitive, and according to the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America, these dogs have to be able to outwit foxes when they’re with their handlers and teams.

10. Labrador retriever

Labs are smart cookies, and they’re super eager to please their humans. Because of this, they, like golden retrievers, make for excellent guide dogs and law enforcement companions. Friendly and outgoing, Labrador retrievers absolutely love spending time with their family and require lots of physical activity.

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