Intelligent Dog Breeds

1 May 2017 | Dog Advice

Top 10 Most Intelligent Dog Breeds

For many years, dogs have been known to be skillful and have shown the ability to help their human companion with various difficult tasks. Most of us already know that dogs are ranked as one of the most intelligent species.

Some dogs are better known to be cute and cuddly, and that's fine! But there are some dogs that have both the brains and the beauty. An intelligent dog has lots of potential if they have a willing owner to put in the time and effort to do the training. All dog breeds are trainable, but some more than others can offer more than your average command.

If you’re looking for a dog breed that's elite when it comes to training, responsiveness and good behaviour. Then please refer to the list below; the top ten most intelligent dog breeds.

German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is the 2nd most popular dog breed because of their confident, smart and courageous personality. They make great working dogs, often used in the police force. They are not known to give lots of affection, but are extremely loyal and fantastic with young children.


The Poodle is the Uk’s 7th most popular dog breed and this shows for many reasons. Poodles are extremely smart, active and proud. Because of their high intellect, this dog breed can be easily trained to hunt, retrieve, track and hunt. They also have the added bonus of being hypoallergenic.

Golden Retriever

This particular dog breed is very friendly, devoted to their companion and highly intelligent. They love being given commands from their owner and take their duties very seriously, whether they're hunting, working alongside a search and rescue, to fetch in their local park.

Border Collie

The Collie is very affectionate, smart and energetic. They're hard working and better known for their sheep herding. They have fantastic agility and love a good cuddle.  Ranked highly on the list of smartest dog breeds.


Better known for their strength and speed, they also have inherited the intellect gene, making them an excellent dog breed to train. The Doberman often work alongside the police force, helping them keep crime off the streets. They are faithful, devoted and extremely loyal to their companion.

Labrador Retriever

This breed of dogs is known to be highly intelligent, family orientated and gentle. Labs aim to please their companion, making them great working dogs for the blind and rescue centers.


This breed is always on the alert, friendly at its best and happy every day. The word Papillon means “butterfly” in French.  The name was given because their ears resemble butterflies. This breed is very versatile like an athlete, easy to train to most commands.


The Rottweiler is very loving, confident and loyal. They make excellent guard dogs. They are suited to being service dogs for the police or used as herding dogs.


This breed is recognised for their long wrinkled face and big, floppy ears. They're also known for being very independent, friendly and inquisitive. The Bloodhound is recognised for their scenting abilities and determination to complete their given task.

Shetland Sheepdog

This dog breed is intelligent and playful. They make great herding dogs and love to learn new tricks and play with children. They're affectionate and loyal with their pack and make great guard dogs, always looking to protect their precious family.

All dog breeds have their uniqueness and special qualities.  It is important to know that you can teach any dog a new trick, or command regardless of their breed and age.


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