Dogs seem capable of being remarkably smart, whether they are shepherding flocks of sheep, quickly learning new tricks, or reading our moods and our minds. But different breeds have different abilities, and some are a lot smarter than others.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed the top 10 breeds on American Kennel Club’s list of the smartest dogs.
The smartest breeds are typically products of both nurture and nature — bred for certain traits, carefully trained and used as working dogs. They come in all different shapes and sizes. Some are of fairly recent origin, while others have been with us for millennia.
Some dog breeds are so smart and dependable that we entrust them with our safety and wellbeing, whether as guide dogs for the blind or in search and rescue. Some are smart but don’t have much work to do, yet they still enrich our lives.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 10 smartest breeds on American Kennel Club’s list of the smartest dogs. We added information related to each breed’s personality, trainability, and other factors. The list was created by AKC experts who used breed standards, written by the Parent Clubs, that specify size, activity level, intelligence, and other attributes.