Border Collies are widely considered to be the most intelligent dog breed. In some cases, they have been known to learn over 1000 human words and assocciate pictures of objects with actual objects. This vocabulary exceeds that of many human toddlers.
There are at least two ways to approach this question.
A dog trainer and popular author, Stanley Coren, who comes up high in Google searches, says there are three kinds of dog intelligence, only one of which (Working/Obedience Intellience) is specific to dog breed. He gives the top intelligence to Border Collies, Poodles, then German Shepards.
However Coren is criticized for equating trainable intelligence with absolute intelligence. E.g., wolves aren’t trainable, but they are certainly very intelligent. Equally, it’s pointed out that some dogs may be uninterested training. And if they don’t care, people like Coren would call them unintelligent, when what they really mean is: Difficult to train.
The Australian Cattle Dog is a very active breed. They need to be exercised on a regular basis, both mentally and physically. As they were originally bred to herd in cattle in Australia (hence the name), they are freethinking, resourceful, and very protective of their property, including people!
In my personal opinion I have found that schnauzers of all sizes are smart and well behaved. The dachshund and blue heeler are also good natured and intelligent dogs. Other tout the rottweiller, papillion, and doberman pincher as significantly intelligent. Many say that labs are intelligent and in my personal opinion they are amazingly loyal, but act dumb when they want to disobey.
The smartest breed of dog is the Border Collie. This highly intelligent animal needs to keep active and to have a job or purpose in their lives. They also need almost constant attention and a lot of exercise. Border Collies are very obedient and can form extremely tight life-long bonds with their owners. The second smartest dog is the Poodle, and third place goes to German Shepherds.
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