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.

Briard

Briard

The Briard packs so much loyalty, love, and spirit into its ample frame that it's often described…

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Chinook

Chinook

The pride of Wonalancet, New Hampshire, the Chinook is a rugged working dog and devoted family pe…

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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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Drentsche Patrijshond

Drentsche Patrijshond

This breed is pronounced da'rinse-ah puh'trice-hoon. The Drentsche Patrijshond, Drent for short, i…

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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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Kai Ken

Kai Ken

The Kai Ken is a medium-sized dog and is one of the six native Japanese breeds. Traditionally used…

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Kishu Ken

Kishu Ken

The Kishu Ken is a dog of noteworthy endurance, showing nobility, dignity and naive feeling. Hi…

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Korean Jindo Dog

Korean Jindo Dog

Loyal, watchful, and intelligent, the Jindo developed as a breed on an island off the coast of…

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Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

The sweet-faced, lovable Labrador Retriever is one of America's most popular dog breeds, year afte…

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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)

Poodle (Miniature)

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

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