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Smart Dog Breed:

Very often, when a dog does something unexpected we wonder how intelligent or smart he or she is.

Just as humans have varying levels and measures of intelligence so do dogs, with some being smarter than others, and some has a different aptitude for different things. Even though it is rightly said that a dog is a man’s best friend this is not always necessarily so, and it also can’t be taken for granted that every dog is extremely intelligent with an aptitude for learning. The smartest dog breed is not bright through any amount of formal training they receive. So here’s a list of the world’s top ten smartest dog breeds.

The Australian Cattle Dog on the number 10 position is quite friendly and very playful. However it does require a lot of exercise to keep it mentally and physically fit. Next is the Rottweiler which has a fearsome reputation, however it is not necessary for the dog to be as vicious as thought to be, as this is wholly dependent on the way it is trained. They are very capable of being extremely friendly and loving.

They are more famous as police dogs. The Papillon is a small breed dog which is known for its beauty with brains. Labrador retrievers are not only smart but also one of the most popular dogs. Shetland sheepdog at number 6 position is mainly a guard dog and very loyal and affectionate with their own family. Doberman Pinschers have incredible stamina and love to work. However their temperament may vary and some can be dominant while some can be docile. The Golden Retriever is a perfect family dog and indeed the most popular one too. They are extremely loyal, loving, patient, great with children and eager to please. German Shepherds are extremely intelligent, courageous, and have a very strong protective instinct which is why they are ranked as one of the best guard dogs. Poodles at the number 2 spot are intelligent and very easy to train. However they require to be surrounded by people and should not be left alone. Border collies which are number 1 on the list always need to be kept occupied. They require a purpose in life or else would not be happy as these dogs have very high energy levels.

Even if your dog may not be in this list it should not lead to the conclusion that it lacks in intelligence or is less intelligent than the above mentioned breeds. Our measures of intelligence are in most cases unfair to most species, and flawed, in that they measure intelligence from a human perspective, not from that of the concerned species.

  Submitted on May 7, 2010