5 Dog Breeds That Are Smarter Than the Rest

Dogs are smart creatures, and that’s one of the reasons why they make such good pets, but not all dogs are born the same. There are certain breeds which are miles ahead of the other dog breeds when it comes to learning, adapting, understanding, recalling and responding. We are going to take a look at five such breeds now to make your search for the smartest dog a little easier.

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Doberman Pinscher

Very few dog breeds have a fiercer reputation than the Doberman Pinscher, and for good reason. Their intelligence and fierceness, when required, makes them superb security dogs because security is exactly what these canines were bred for in Germany during the 1880s. Used extensively in police work for tracking drugs, bombs and scents from a crime scene, the Doberman is as sharp as dogs come.

German Shepherd

As the name suggests, the German Shepherd used to herd sheep and keep the wolves away from its flock. The fact that a dog has the intelligence to learn all that and the memory to continue doing it so efficiently for an entire lifetime is in itself a testament to the dog’s intelligence. Nowadays, just like the Doberman, the German Shepherd also does extensive police work in almost all countries across the world.

Golden Retriever

Golden retrievers originated from Scotland where they were used primarily for their excellent prey retrieval skills during bird hunting. While that practice is still not totally lost in some regions, the breed is the most popular family dog in the world right now. Their kind, patient, affectionate and intelligent nature makes golden retrievers an instant favorite for families with children.


Thanks to celebrities and representation in popular culture, poodles are generally known to the common mass as “fashionable” dogs with varying haircuts! In truth, poodles are extremely smart hunting dogs that were bred in Germany to aid in hunting through retrieval of prey birds; not unlike what the retriever was famous for in Scotland once. The poodle was also used to herd sheep, despite its smaller size as compared to other shepherd dogs. As a house pet, you will love the poodle for its loving nature and sense of innocent mischief.

Border Collie

There is a definite connection between herding sheep and smart dogs because the final entry on this list is also a famous sheep herder, used in Scotland. While the breed’s remarkable intelligence was never in question to begin with, it’s the recent discovery of a particular specimen which has stumped the world and established the Border Collie as the most intelligent dog breed. The dog in question is named Chaser and it has the most capable memory ever tested in an animal that wasn’t a human being.

It is important to remember that just like humans, dogs are not all the same, and depending on the particular specimen in question, the intelligence level will vary. Nevertheless, as long as you get one of these five dog breeds, you are sure to have a loving, intelligent pet by your side.