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The Smartest Dog Breeds in America

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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.”


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This breed’s name translates as “Colored Lapdog.” It’s a member of the Bichon family and was almost extinct until after the Cold War. The American Kennel Club describes it as “clever beyond words and intensely loyal to its family.”

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Shetland Sheepdog

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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