Special Report

The Smartest Dog Breeds in America

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Belgian Sheepdog

The Belgian sheepdog is one of the four breeds of herding dogs from Belgium. They’re anatomically similar but vary in coat texture, color, and length. The sheepdog is known for intelligence, versatility, and hard work.

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Belgian Tervuren

This breed gets its name from the Belgian village of Tervuren, which was the home of master breeder M.F. Corbeel. Tervs are known for their intelligence, strength, and stamina, and are used as military and police K-9s, search-and-rescue dogs, and service animals for the disabled.

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Berger Picard

The intelligent Berger Picard originated in the French region of Picardy. Their population was decimated by two world wars but has made a strong recovery and the breed was admitted to the American Kennel Club in 2015. A Berger Picard played the title role in the 2005 movie “Because of Winn Dixie.”

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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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Border Collie

The border collie is widely considered to be the most intelligent dog breed. In fact, it was bred for its intelligence and obedience and has tremendous herding abilities and protective instincts. The border collie makes a great pet but needs more physical exercise and mental stimulation than many other breeds.