Dog breeds ranked by intelligence. Who is top dog?

By | January 22, 2010 Libby the border collie. A member of the smartest dog breed.

The good news: Dogs are as smart as 2-year-old kids, can comprehend more than 150 words (although “super dogs” can understand 250), and can count up to four or five. The bad news: They are “consciously deceptive” and trick people into giving them what they want. “And they are nearly as successful in deceiving humans as humans are in deceiving dogs,” Coren said. But you knew that. – mm

No. 1: Border collies
No. 2: Poodles
No. 3: German shepherds
No. 4: Golden retrievers
No. 5: Dobermans
No. 6: Shetland sheepdogs
No. 7: Labrador retrievers

106. Borzoi
107. Chow Chow
108. Bull dog
109. Basenji
110. Afghan Hound

via Is a poodle smarter than your roommate? | A Pets Chronicle |

Also see this list from 2007 which says: #1 Border Collie, #2 Poodle, #3 German Shepherd, #4 Golden Retriever, #5 Doberman Pinscher, #6 Shetland Sheepdog, #7 Labrador Retriever, #8 The Papillon, #9 Rottweiler, #10 Australian Cattle Dog

Source of original list: The Intelligence of Dogs By Stanley Coren (New York: The Free Press, 1994) Source of descriptions:”

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