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10 Smartest Dog Breeds

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4. Golden retriever
> Height: 21.5-24 inches
> Weight: 55-75 pounds
> Life expectancy: 10-12 years

Golden retrievers aren’t just smart but have a great work ethic too. They are often used as guide dogs, in search and rescue, and – as their name suggests – for hunting. Their many other endearing characteristics, including patience and playfulness, make them great pets.

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5. Doberman pinscher
> Height: 24-28 inches
> Weight: 60-100 pounds
> Life expectancy: 10-12 years

The Doberman pinscher was first bred by Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann, a German tax collector who wanted a dog that would protect him in his sometimes dangerous job. As well as being one of the smartest breeds, the Doberman often ranks very high in obedience and trainability. That makes it popular with police and military forces around the world.

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6. Shetland sheepdog
> Height: 13-16 inches
> Weight: 15-25 pounds
> Life expectancy: 12-14 years

This breed was originally bred to tend the small sheep of the Shetland Islands. Because of its intelligence, Shetland sheepdogs are quick to understand and obey commands. While it’s loyal and affectionate, which makes it a great pet, it also tends to be reserved towards strangers, which makes it a great watchdog.

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7. Labrador retriever
> Height: 21.5-24.5 inches
> Weight: 55-80 pounds
> Life expectancy: 10-12 years

The Labrador retriever is the most popular breed in the United States, according to the American Kennel Club. It is also one of the most sought-after breeds for challenging work, whether as guide dogs for the blind or search and rescue. When lives are in danger, you want a dog that is smart and dependable – just like the Labrador retriever.