Top 10 smartest dogs

Dogs have been around for thousands of years and have been our best friends from day one. When people realised that dogs could assist them in making their daily chores more manageable and enjoy helping out, the bond between man and dog grew. Nowadays we don’t use our dogs much to assist us with work, times have changed and so have dogs.

Some dogs are indeed our best friends and are incredibly loveable and sometimes clueless, but we love them for it. Some dog breeds, however,t are a lot more intelligent than others. These dogs go the extra mile and listen to commands, whistles and signs their owners teach them. These dogs thrive on pleasing their human.

Long ago, people thought that dogs only have a short term memory, but that could not be further away from the truth. Dogs have both a long and short term memory; therefore, repetition is essential in a dog’s life, e.g. going outside to wee. Dogs don’t learn to wee outside straight away, but with repetition, your dog will learn to go outside.

Dogs have been known to be as smart as a two to three-year-old child. That means that dogs have a fantastic skill set, including problem-solving; enthusiasm to fulfil curiosity; enjoyment of senses and motor skills; and logical reasoning.

1. Border Collie

The Border Collie is a super smart dog. They are always on the lookout to learn something new. They watch your every move and know what you are going to do before you do it. The Border Collie is a top dog because of the amazing things it can do: they listen to commands, whistles, voice tones and hand signals. They are excellent in herding sheep and they can understand more words than most dogs. This dog breed never stops thinking; you can see it in its eyes. Be careful when training them as they watch your every move, and you do not want to teach them something you might regret later or that you are unaware of teaching them. They remember things faster than other dogs and do not forget. A Border Collie named Chaser, knows more than 1000 words. That is amazing!

2. Poodle

The Poodle does not only rank second in intelligence, but they also rank seventh in the most popular dog breed to have. They are brilliant, proud, active and hypoallergenic dogs which are fantastic for people who are allergic to dogs but desperately want one in their lives. Because of the Poodles high intelligence, they are easy to train and were bred to track, hunt, retrieve and obey commands. Did you know that an average poodle can learn a minimum of 200 words, and if their owner makes a bit of an effort, they can learn up to 400 words?

3. German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is all-around a fantastic dog. They make great family pets and even better working dogs. This breed can be a sweet puppy at home and a fighting machine at work. The German Shepherd loves to work next to a human, that is why this breed is so fantastic in the military, the police department and in guarding a home. The German Shepherd is the second most popular dog breed because they are courageous, confident and smart. They are easy to train and love to please their handler. They are fiercely loyal and are fantastic with children.

4. Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is a genius and an eager dog. This breed was made to retrieve and exceed expectations. The Golden Retriever are fantastic family dogs that go out of their way to please. This wonderful trait is the reason why they make incredible assistant dogs. Except for simply being a loving dog at home, Goldens are known to be service dogs, e.g. to help in search and rescue missions and to assist the blind.

5. Doberman

The Doberman was bred to be a war dog, and that they are. This fearless dog breed will protect and serve. They make excellent guard dogs but are also fantastic family dogs. They are very energetic and need to exercise regularly. The Doberman has superior strength, endurance and speed. The Doberman is brilliant and is easily trained.

6. Shetland Sheepdog

The Shetland Sheepdog was bred to assist farmers in herding and is almost a smaller version of the Border Collie. They are very agile and obedient dogs that like to bark a lot. They make great companions and love to cuddle up and give lots of kisses.

7. Labrador Retriever

This intelligent and gentle family dog is the most popular dog and lives in many family homes. Because the Labrador Retriever is so eager to please, they make fantastic guide dogs and rescue dogs. They are easy to train and love to be around humans.

8. Papillon

This small dog breed proves that not all tiny dogs are goofy, but that they can be intelligent too. The Papillon breed is not your average lap dog. They are fantastic in agility trials and listen well to commands and can be trained to do all kinds of tricks. Papillon in French means butterfly; they got this name due to their tall pointy beautiful ears. The Papillon is an alert, friendly and happy dog that loves to be exercised and trained.

9. Rottweiler

Rottweilers are best suited to helping humans; therefore, they make fantastic service dogs, police dogs, herders, therapy dogs, devoted companions or obedience competitors. Rottweilers need engaged owners that will thoroughly train and exercise them, and in return, they will get a loving and loyal friend.

10. Australian Cattle Dog

The Australian Cattle Dog is at their best when they are working. This hardy, energised,  muscular dog breed loves to herd cattle and to please its owner. The Australian Cattle Dog has exceptional qualities in intelligence, alertness and resourcefulness, and a fiercely protective loyalty over its property and people. The Australian Cattle Dog needs to be kept busy or it will find something naughty to do.

It is important to realise that while it is super awesome to have an intelligent dog in your home, they can quickly get bored. Remember, it is like having a toddler in your home, and we all know that a toddler is always up to something when you are not looking. Keep your working dog busy and you will get to enjoy, love and respect its abilities.

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