As a species, dogs are smart and one particular study discovered that the average dog is capable of counting to 5, reasoning, and understanding approximately 165 words. But some dog breeds are smarter than others and their “vocabulary” is as high as 250 words.
Over 200 experts in dog-obedience were asked to rank 110 breeds of dogs in order of their intelligence. Hence is a countdown from number five to number one of the breeds they determined to be the smartest. This top 5 list is the same for several different surveys.
#5 –Doberman Pinscher
Besides being intelligent, Dobermans are loyal, fearless, and very assertive. The nature of this breed is to be dominant, but because they are so intelligent and loyal they can be controlled easily. While commonly thought of as protective and guards dogs, they can be trained to be gentle enough to act as therapy dogs in hospitals.
#4 – Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are one of the most popular breeds as well, in large part because of their loyalty, affection, and gentleness. Golden Retrievers love to please, not just people but other animals. They have higher than average intelligence and this combined with a great deal of patience and their eagerness to make their owners happy makes them excel in obedience competition and performing tricks. They are also used more and more as service dogs because they are so easy to train.
#3 – German Shepherd
German shepherds have always been known for their intelligence as well as their instinct to protect and their courage. This makes them one of the best breeds to act as a guard dog that there is. Because they are so smart, German Shepherd are happiest when they have a job to do or a purpose. That job is often as police dogs and search dogs.
#2 – Standard Poodle
The standard poodle is known to be one of the most trainable breeds. They are extremely smart and love to be with people. They are a very happy and sensitive breed and don’t like to be left alone. They are so smart and easy to train that they can even be used as guard dogs and hunting dogs.
#1 – Border Collie
The most intelligent breed is the Border collie and like other very smart breeds, they are happiest when they have a particular job to do. They crave company, praise and need a lot of exercise so if left by themselves for very long they can be destructive. Their intelligence and ease of training are well known and are always leaders when it comes to competition in obedience and agility as well as at sheepdog trials. After all, this is what they were bred.