10 Smartest Dog Breeds

Enjoy a list of the 10 smartest dog breeds in the world.

10. Australian Cattle Dog

This is an active breed that must be exercised both physically and mentally on a regular basis. Originally, this breed was specifically bred to herd cattle in Australia. It should be noted that this breed is very freethinking, resourceful and protective of its property, including its owner(s).

9. Rottweiler

This breed is both highly intelligent and extremely courageous and reliable. Though the Rottweiler is often viewed as fearsome, that is not actually the case. Truth be told, the Rottweiler is only of average intensity, and make a great family dog. Don't let the looks fool you.

8. Papillion

Though this dog does not look very intimidating, they are actually somewhat moody and aggressive when it comes to defending their masters. These little dogs are just protective of what they believe to be their home turf. Truth be told, when they don't feel threatened they are actually one of the most affectionate dog breeds. It should be noted they are very easy to train, also.

7. Labrador Retriever

One of the best family dogs. Labs are extremely loving, affectionate, and patient dogs. They love to work and exercise regularly. It is important they stay active as they are prone to developing weight problems.

6. Shetland Sheepdog

Originally bred to herd hundreds of sheep and cattle, the Shetland Sheepdog is highly advanced in regards to concentration and intelligence. This breed is very loyal and affectionate within their own family, but can be a little wary around both children and strangers.

5. Doberman Pinscher

This breed is highly intelligent, has incredible stamina, and loves to work. They are also extremely loyal and excellent guard dogs. While Doberman's are a dominant breed, they can be wonderful family dogs if trained properly as they are very protective.

4. Golden Retriever

This breed is loyal, loving, and patient, making them a great dog to have around children. Retrievers are also highly intelligent and excel in obedience competitions and at performing tricks. It is an all around great breed that has little flaws other than shedding.

3. German Shepard  

An extremely intelligent, courageous and protective breed, the German Shepard are great guard dogs and often used in law enforcement. They do well with children as long as they are trained from a young age. Much like other Shepard dogs, the German Shepard needs a job or purpose in life to be truly happy.

2. Poodle

The poodle is both highly intelligent and easy to train. They need a lot of attention as they do not like to be left alone. Standard Poodles can be trained as guard dogs, but overall they are sensitive, pleasant and loving breed.

1. Border Collie

The Border Collie tops the list as the worlds most intelligent dog breed. This is a breed that needs something to do or they won't be happy. Much like the poodle, Collies do not like to be left alone. Constant companionship, praise, and exercise are important to this particular breed. Border Collies excel in agility, obedience and sheepdog trials competitions. This is a wonderful dog as it is very affectionate and loyal.