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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American Staffordshire Terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier

The American Staffordshire Terrier, known to their fans as AmStaffs, are smart, confide…

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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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Australian Cattle Dog

Australian Cattle Dog

The compact but muscular Australian Cattle Dog, also called Blue Heeler or Queensland Heeler, i…

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Australian Kelpie

Australian Kelpie

The Australian Kelpie is a lithe, active dog, capable of untiring work. He is extremely…

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Australian Shepherd

Australian Shepherd

The Australian Shepherd, a lean, tough ranch dog, is one of those “only in America” stories: a…

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Azawakh

Azawakh

Tall and elegant, the Azawakh is a West African sighthound who originates from the countries of…

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Barbet

Barbet

An archetypic water dog of France, the Barbet is a rustic breed of medium size and balanced…

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Belgian Tervuren

Belgian Tervuren

The elegant, agile Belgian Tervuren is a bright and self-assured herding dog of medium size, know…

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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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