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20 Most Intelligent Dog Breeds In The World

1. Bernese Mountain Dog, Intelligence Level: 1 Star

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The adult Bernese Mountain Dog weighs 100 pounds on average and is an imposing canine. Some hold the opinion that this dog is lumbering beast, but it’s not true. Its agility and intelligence make it perfect for outdoor training. Plus, it is a mild mannered species and is particularly gentle with children.

2. Old English Sheepdog, Intelligence Level: 1 Star

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This dog is known for its adorable shaggy-haired look, but it’s not just a big cuddly pup. The Old English Sheepdog follows orders without hesitation and executes them well. It’s a perfect canine for farmers to keep flocks of herding animals at bay, and they are well suited for city life as well. The next dog may seem quite similar to the Sheepdog, but it’s a little different.

3. Bearded Collie, Intelligence Level: 1 Star

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The Bearded Collie is identical to the Sheepdog in terms of intelligence. However, it is more boisterous and charismatic, which is why it appeared in the 1960s television show My Three Sons. Plus, they are reliable partners and perform excellently in the field. Next, we’ll introduce a little fellow, who is also super-smart.

4. Jack Russell Terrier, Intelligence Level: 2 Stars

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The snappy Jack Russell Terrier is a naturally gifted actor because he responds well to repetitive commands. Eddie in the sitcom Frasier is a Jack Russell. They are also exceptionally agile, athletic, and flexible due to their small stature. The next dog is a beauty that is often used in contemporary art.

5. Weimaraner, Intelligence Level: 2 Stars

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The Weimaraner was originally bred in Germany for forest hunting. As hunting dogs, they are famous for their physical endurance and sensitive noses. They learn things fast and are exceptional at retrieving. When at home, they are meek and gentle.

6. English Springer Spaniel, Intelligence Level: 2 Stars

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Like the Weimaraner, this breed has two personalities. They are dynamic when they hunt, but they are quite affectionate and easy-going when at home. They are perfect hunting companions because of their sharp minds and loyalty.

7. Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Intelligence Level: 2 Stars

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The Corgi is known for its short legs, which makes it look much smaller than it really is. It is also smart and responsive, which makes it easy to train. Besides, it also makes a good guard dog because of its alertness. It could be the reason that The Queen of England has a lot of these dogs in her palace. While Corgis may lack height, the next breed will make up the difference.

8. Irish Setter, Intelligence Level: 2 Stars

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This sleek, red-haired dog is also a perfect hunting companion. It hunts birds most of the time and it instinctively grasps fallen birds and brings them back. Irish Setters are also fantastic as therapy dogs. This is the reason that you often see lots of these dogs in schools and hospitals. Although the next dog has exceptional intelligence, it is often masked by its fearsome looks.

9. Rottweiler, Intelligence Level: 3 Stars

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Rottweilers are tough, but they are also amazingly intelligent. As a result they can be trained for all sorts of activities. They are actually very gentle most of the time, but when their families are in danger, they can be fiercely protective.

10. German Shorthaired Pointer, Intelligence Level: 3 Stars

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Pointers are essential in hunting. But they don’t point with their toes. Instead, they direct with their forward stance and the lifted paw. The German Shorthaired Pointer thrives with physical activity, so they need lots of exercise and running. We’ve introduced some intelligent hunters. However, not all smart dogs are hunters. We’ll see some more brilliant dogs next.

11. Alaskan Husky, Intelligence Level: 4 Stars

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They are not just for dogsledding! They are actually super intelligent. As a cold-weather breed, the Alaskan Husky has developed a unique and wolf-life pack mentality. They know how to cooperate, and they have numerous methods of communicating and creating social order. There’s another dog, which is similar in name to the Alaskan Husky, but they are very different.

12. Siberian Husky, Intelligence Level: 4 Stars

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The Siberian Husky is as intelligent as other huskies. However, unlike other huskies, they are more independent and less protective. They prefer going out alone and can be very human-like in their independence. Because of this nature, it should be obvious that they don’t make great guard dogs.

13. Collie, Intelligence Level: 4 Stars

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A Collie played an important part in the 1950s TV show Lassie. In the show, the Collie was so intelligent that it communicated danger to the neighbors and helped people out of dire situations. The show is not far from the truth. The Collie has always been a smart, obedient, and loyal family pet. Plus, it is also has great physical endurance. They can play the whole day without tiring.

14. Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Intelligence Level: 4 Stars

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This retriever is bred in the Chesapeake Bay area of the United States. Known as the "duck dog," it is able to run after ducks and dead birds with its keen senses and intellect. However, it can also sometimes be quite stubborn and may question authority. They tend to bark loudly when they feel excited.

15. Great Dane, Intelligence Level: 4 Stars

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The Great Dane is a large canine, and it has a human-sized brain. Despite its imposing size, it is gentle and affectionate. Although a bigger room is better, the Dane is also adaptable to a small apartment. Known for being couch potatoes, it is an accommodating breed.

16. Australian Cattle Dog, Intelligence Level: 4 Stars

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The Australian Cattle Dog is known for its agility and loyalty. They perform excellently in obedience competitions all over the world. Their abilities to direct cattle back to their pens are unparalleled. And next, we’ll introduce the four most intelligent dogs in the world.

17. Doberman Pinscher, Intelligence Level: 5 Stars

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The Doberman Pinscher is one of the police breeds. They are naturally good with people, but can sometimes be aggressive. Their personalities are unique. Scientific evidence shows they have some really unique mental characteristics. 

18. Golden Retriever, Intelligence Level: 5 Stars

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The golden retriever is a perfect family companion. It is hairy, lovable, and smart. They are happy to be a part of the family and will follow their master dutifully. Also, they have a friendly and gentle temperament. These features make them one of the most popular family dog breeds in the world.

19. Labrador Retriever, Intelligence Level: 5 Stars

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Labradors have fantastic communication skills. They are adept at communicating both their needs and wants. Typically, Labradors are defined in two ways: English or American. They are different in behavior. English Labradors are more apt to training, while the American Labradors are more resistant.

20. German Shepherd, Intelligence Level: 5 Stars

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Police K9 units have been providing service to communities for a long time. They are receptive to precision training and are widely employed in drug and explosive detection. Besides, they are loyal, robust, and sharp. I hope that one day I’ll have a dog like this.

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