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10 Smart Dog Breeds

(Wednesday, January 22, 2014)
While all dogs are smart, certain breeds are more intelligent at specific tasks than others. Check out these ten dog breeds that excel at their jobs.

German Shepherd Dog: The German Shepherd Dog is extremely smart at police work. They are well-known to be the world's leading police, military, and guard dog. They're loyal and dependable.

Learn more about the German Shepherd Dog.

Bloodhound: Bloodhounds are the best at trailing. They are often used in police work and search and rescue. Their scenting abilities are so exceptional that a Bloodhound's mantrailing results are permissible in court.

Learn more about the Bloodhound.

Beagle: Beagles tend to follow their nose, which makes them exceptional at detection work. Bed bugs became a major problem for businesses and homeowners over the past few years, so the Beagle came to the rescue. Exterminators and business owners enlisted the dog's incredible noses to find where bed bugs were hiding so humans could get rid of them.

Learn more about the Beagle.

Border Collie: Known as the workaholic of the dog world and prized for its intelligence and working ability, the Border Collie excels at Agility. Border Collies have extraordinary instinct and need a job to do in order to be happy, which is why they're amazing at Agility.

Learn more about the Border Collie.

Labrador Retriever: Labs are the smartest guide dogs. They are highly trainable and are very eager to please. This is also why Labs make such great family pets and are the most popular dog according to AKC Registration Statistics.

Learn more about the Labrador Retriever.

Newfoundland: Newfoundlands are the smartest at water rescue. They have a large lung capacity that enables them to be masters at long-distance swimming, and they have true lifesaving instincts in the water. They are intelligent and easily trained.

Learn more about the Newfoundland.

Belgian Malinois: Belgian Malinois are extremely smart military dogs. They are strong, agile, highly trainable, and have a strong desire to work. They are confident and naturally protective, which makes them effective at military work.

Learn more about the Belgian Malinois.

Siberian Husky: Siberian Huskies excel at sledding. They were bred in Northeast Asia as sled dogs and have amazing endurance and willingness to work.

Learn more about the Siberian Husky.

Golden Retriever: Golden Retrievers are very smart assistance dogs. They have an innate working ability, are intelligent, and have an eager to please attitude.

Learn more about the Golden Retriever.

Australian Shepherd: Aussies are amazing herders. The breed lives for its job. Aussies are adaptable, energetic, intelligent and have very strong natural herding instincts.

Learn more about the Australian Shepherd.
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