The 7 Top Dog Breeds With Remarkable Intelligence

Border collie

The border collie, ranked as the smartest dog breed according to "The Intelligence of Dogs," is known for its exceptional intelligence and work ethic.


Poodles, despite being associated with France, are actually of German origin and were initially bred as water retrievers. They are highly intelligent, trainable, and have been used in various roles

German shepherd

Ranked third in intelligence, German shepherds are known for their focus, obedience, and protective instincts. They are commonly employed in law enforcement, search and rescue.

Golden retriever

Golden retrievers are intelligent and have a strong desire to please their owners. Bred in Scotland as hunting companions, they are versatile and often used in search-and-rescue operations.

Doberman pinscher

Doberman pinschers are fearless, loyal, and highly trainable. Bred by a German tax collector to be the perfect bodyguard, they are known for their speed, stamina, and gentle nature.

Shetland sheepdog

Shetland sheepdogs, or shelties, are smaller herding dogs that perform well in various tasks. They are quick learners, obedient, and great for families with children.

Labrador retriever

Labrador retrievers, developed in Newfoundland and refined in England, are known for their excellent sense of smell and judgment. They are self-trainers, learning by watching and imitating.