Smartest Dog Breeds

Most dogs are smart, but in different ways: Working breeds learn how to perform jobs quickly because of their instincts and natural abilities, while other breeds are motivated based on their strong desire to please. But intelligence alone doesn't automatically make a good pet. To bring out you…

Most dogs are smart, but in different ways: Working breeds learn how to perform jobs quickly because of their instincts and natural abilities, while other breeds are motivated based on their strong desire to please. But intelligence alone doesn't automatically make a good pet. To bring out your dog’s natural smarts, you have to study the breed, put in the necessary time to train, and understand his natural traits, like whether he’s a quick study or slow and steady.

American Leopard Hound

American Leopard Hound

Intelligence is one of the American Leopard Hound's very best attributes. The breed is loving and…

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Appenzeller Sennenhund

Appenzeller Sennenhund

The Appenzeller Sennenhund is tri-color, medium-sized, and almost squarely built and balanced. He…

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Bloodhound

Bloodhound

The world famous “Sleuth Hound” does one thing better than any creature on earth: find people…

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Border Collie

Border Collie

A remarkably bright workaholic, the Border Collie is an amazing dog—maybe a bit too amazing fo…

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Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher

Sleek and powerful, possessing both a magnificent physique and keen intelligence, the Doberma…

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German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherd Dog

Generally considered dogkind’s finest all-purpose worker, the German Shepherd Dog is a large…

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Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever, an exuberant Scottish gundog of great beauty, stands among America’s mo…

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Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

The sweet-faced, lovable Labrador Retriever is America’s most popular dog breed. Labs are…

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Papillon

Papillon

The quick, curious Papillon is a toy dog of singular beauty and upbeat athleticism. Despite hi…

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Poodle (Miniature / Standard)

Poodle (Miniature / Standard)

Whether Standard, Miniature, or Toy, and either black, white, or apricot, the Poodle stands proudly…

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Poodle (Toy)

Poodle (Toy)

No matter his size, the Toy Poodle stands proudly among dogdom’s true aristocrats. Beneath the…

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Rottweiler

Rottweiler

The Rottweiler is a robust working breed of great strength descended from the mastiffs of the Roma…

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