In Stanley Coren’s book, The Intelligence of Dogs, he listed the top 10 most intelligent dogs. In 1994, around 200 judges from the Canadian and US Kennel Clubs completed a questionnaire about the characteristics of various dog breeds and the intelligence of these breeds. The intelligence ratings were based on how many repetitions it took for the breed to complete the command.
Here is Coren’s list of the Top 10 Most Intelligent Dogs:
#1 — Border Collies: These dogs need constant companionship and lots of exercise. Border collies set the standard in agility and obedience competitions and sheep dog trials.
#2 — Poodles: They are one of the easiest breeds to train. Some standard poodles can be good guard dogs or even trained as hunters. Overall, they have a pleasant personality.
#3 — German Shepherds: They are courageous and have a strong protective instinct. Their combination of intelligence and courage makes them good police and search dogs.
#4 — Golden Retrievers: They are consistently ranked as the most popular breed. Golden retrievers excel in obedience competitions and performing tricks.
#5 — Doberman Pinschers: They have an incredible stamina and love to work. They also are extremely loyal and protective.
#6 — Shetland Sheepdogs: Many Shetland sheepdog owners say that their dog has close to human intelligence. These dogs were originally bred to herd hundreds of sheep and cattle.
#7 — Labrador Retrievers: They are one of the most popular breeds of dogs in the world. They love to work and need lots of exercise.
#8 — Papillons: They are easy to train and quite possessive.
#9 — Rottweiler: They are extremely courageous and reliable.
#10 — Australian Cattle Dog: They were originally bred to herd cattle in Australia. They are freethinking, resourceful and protective.
Feel free to add your comments on what you think the top 10 most intelligent dogs are. Feel free to tell us about your own intelligent dog. Mutts are definitely welcome!
Coren’s Top 10 Least Intelligent Dogs will be posted up tomorrow.