The 10 Smartest Dog Breeds Ranked for Intelligence

Known as the smartest dog breed.Excellent herders and workaholics. Require mental and physical stimulation.

Border Collie

Highly intelligent with emotional and cognitive smarts.Versatile and trainable.Enjoy challenging activities like hunting and agility sports.


Second most intelligent herding dog.Quick learners and protective by nature.Often used in law enforcement and search-and-rescue teams.

German Shepherd

Known for obedience and eagerness to please.Reliable and used in search-and-rescue operations.Great companions and emotional support dogs.

Golden Retriever

Fearless, loyal, and alert.Bred for guarding and protection.Highly intelligent and trainable.

Doberman Pinscher

Compact herding dog with a strong work ethic.Quick learners and great with families.Excellent guard dogs due to their instinctive intelligence.

Shetland Sheepdog

Developed for hunting and retrieving.Self-trainers, adept at learning from humans.The most popular dog breed in the United States.

Labrador Retriever

One of the smallest intelligent breeds.Eager to please with big ears.Originated as companions for nobility.


Known for loyalty and sharp perception.Used as search-and-rescue dogs and guard dogs.Gentle and affectionate with their family.


Bred for herding cattle in Australia. Highly motivated and organized.Requires mental stimulation and physical activity.

Australian Cattle Dog


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