Special Report

10 Smartest Dog Breeds

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8. Papillon
> Height: 8-11 inches
> Weight: 5-10 pounds
> Life expectancy: 14-16 years

This breed gets its name from the shape of its ears – “papillon” is French for butterfly – but it’s also known as the continental toy spaniel. Smart, alert, and playful, the papillon makes a great pet. As a bonus, it has a relatively long life expectancy.

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9. Bloodhound
> Height: 23-27 inches
> Weight: 80-110 pounds
> Life expectancy: 7-9 years

The bloodhound is famous for its sense of smell and tracking ability. The breed is used by police forces around the world to find missing people and escaped prisoners. It is instantly recognizable because of its wrinkled face and large drooping ears. Sadly, the Bloodhound is one of the shortest-lived dog breeds.

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10. Rottweiler
> Height: 22-27 inches
> Weight: 77-130 pounds
> Life expectancy: 8-10 years

The Rottweiler is one of the oldest herding breeds and may have been working with humans since the days of the Roman Empire. The breed combines intelligence, strength and endurance. Unfortunately, the Rottweiler has sometimes been portrayed in the media as aggressive, but as the AKC says, it is “a calm, confident, and courageous dog.”