The Top Smartest Dog Breeds, Ranked

Border Collie

These herders topped Stanley Coren's intelligence rankings, meaning most can learn a new command in five repetitions and follow it 95% of the time.


Breeders love regular poodles for more than just their hypoallergenic qualities. Coren's survey also awarded the curly-coated cuties silver for working intelligence.

German Shepherd

German Shepherds happily serve as police dogs, seeing eye dogs, medical assistance dogs, and therapy dogs, so consistent obedience is expected.

Golden Retriever

Goldens sometimes act like goofballs despite their hunting heritage (which you already know if you have one of your own).

Doberman Pinscher

Dobermans originated in the late 19th century when a German tax collector named Louis Dobermann wanted a medium-sized guard dog and companion.

Shetland Sheepdog

These adorable fluff balls excel in herding, agility, and obedience. Shelties bark, chase, and herd, but their love of cuddles will make up for it.

Labrador Retriever

Labs love to please, whether they're guide dogs, narcotic detection dogs, or pets. For 27 years, Americans have voted them the most popular breed.


According to the American Kennel Club, 5-pounders often win agility trials. Their name—French for "butterfly"—refers to their tall, pointed ears.


A Rottweiler owner who trains and exercises their dog will get a loving and loyal friend.

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