The 7 Smartest Dog Breeds

Border Collie

Eager to please and highly energetic, Border Collies are considered the smartest dogs. They excel at training and dog sports.


Clever, energetic Poodles thrive on training. They pick up new skills with ease and love to show off.

German Shepherd

German Shepherds are focused, driven dogs capable of complex work. They are a top choice for police, military, and service work.

Golden Retriever  

Friendly, people-pleasing Goldens are very trainable and have a strong work ethic.

Doberman Pinscher

Dobermans are fearless, alert protectors with the trainability to excel at police and military work.

Shetland Sheepdog

Vocal and energetic, Shelties are highly intelligent and do well in obedience, agility, and trick training.

Labrador Retriever

Loyal Labrador Retrievers have gentle natures and adapt well to training for guide, service, and hunt work.

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