Think you have a smart dog?

Think You Have a Smart Dog?

What do you look for in a dog? Many dog owners chose their pooch based on its beauty or its friendly nature. Perhaps the price was right. Above all, many experts value intelligence. As dog bite lawyers, we are very interested in all dog breeds, including what some experts and publications believe are the smartest dog breeds. has quoted Stanley Coren’s book, entitled, “The Intelligence of Dogs,” and ranked the 12 smartest dog breeds as follows:

  1. Border Collie
  2. Poodle
  3. German Shepherd
  4. Golden Retriever
  5. Doberman Pinscher
  6. Shetland Sheepdog
  7. Labrador Retriever
  8. Papillon
  9. Rottweiler
  10. Australian Cattle Dog
  11. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  12. Miniature Schnauzer

Intelligence was ranked based on trainability. Breeds who could obey the first command at least 95% of the time and learn a new command in fewer than five repetitions were considered to be the brightest. Coren also solicited input from judges who oversaw behavior of various breeds in the American Kennel Club and Canadian Kennel Club. Only dogs in these clubs were included in the rankings.

The Border Collie was at the top of the list due to its workaholic personality. This breed is known for its sheep herding abilities and is highly intelligent. Poodles, who are bred for water hunting, are also very smart. In third place are German Shepherds, who are a triple threat. They not only herd animals and make great companions, but they are also fiercely protective and often work in military and law enforcement fields.

Intelligence is important for training purposes

Intelligence is important for training purposes

A smarter dog is less likely to have accidents in the house or chew up a new pair of shoes. It’s also important from a legal standpoint because a dog that is well-trained is less likely to feel insecure and resort to biting others.

It’s important to understand that dog intelligence comes in various forms. Similar to humans, some dogs work better in certain situations or have a certain type of knowledge that other breeds may not have. Some dogs are bred to hunt or herd, while others are more eager to please. In addition, the smartest dog is not necessarily the best one for your family. It’s important to do your research and find a dog that has characteristics that complement your lifestyle. With consistent training, you can bring out your dog’s best qualities.

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