25 Smartest Dog Breeds Ever

Considered man´s best friends, dogs are known for their loyalty, desire to please; and of course, high intelligence. As valued members of our families, dog owners know that dogs are indeed intelligent, after all, they can be taught to do so many things! However, there are some striking differences among individual dog breeds when it comes to their level of intelligence. As you can probably imagine, measuring canine intelligence is very difficult but there is an internationally recognized study that has done just that. Published by Stanley Coren, a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, the book is called “The Intelligence of Dogs” and based on this study, Coren also published a list ranking individual dog breeds by their level intelligence. This ranking is now generally accepted as a valid description of the differences among dog breeds in terms of the trainability aspect of dog intelligence. So now, is your pooch one of the smartest dogs in the world? There is only one way to find out. Read on to discover the 25 smartest dog breeds ever!

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VizslaSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

Originating in Hungary, the Vizsla is a medium size dog bred for hunting fowl and game. They are Known for having an excellent sense of smell and as you can probably imagine are easy to train.


Irish Water Spaniel

Irish Water SpanielSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

A sturdy, medium size dog, the Irish Water Spaniel is native to Ireland where it was used to fetch game and fowl. A willing and energetic companion, the Irish Water Spaniel is sometimes referred to as the clown of the Spaniel family.



PomeranianSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

Commonly known as Pom or Pom Pom, the Pomeranian is a small dog breed of the Spitz type. Weighing up to 3.5 kilograms (7.7 pounds) and standing 13 – 28 cm (5–11 inches) high at the withers, the Pomeranian is a smart dog, especially popular among British royalty.


Malinois / Bernese Mountain Dog

Malinois / Bernese Mountain DogSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

The Malinois and the Bernese Mountain Dog are tied for 22nd place. The Malinois is a medium size dog used for tasks including the detection of explosives and narcotics, search and rescue missions etc. while the Bernese Mountain Dog is a large breed native to Swiss Alps where it was used to help local herders.



25 Smartest Dog Breeds EverSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

Originating in Germany, the Weimaraner is a short-coated dog bred for hunting large game. They are very lively and energetic dogs notable for their unusually light, grey or blue eyes. Highly athletic and trainable, the Weimaraner excels in a variety of dog sports.

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