Are you considering getting a dog for agility purposes? Or do you just want to teach them tricks? Then you definitely want to know more about these 10 breeds that are known to be very smart dogs, if not the smartest dogs on the planet.
1) Border Collie
Border collies originate from the highland border of England and Scotland. These dogs were bred to act very independent while sheep herding. Added to that, they are known to act in a problem solving way and have a strong urge to work and please.
You probably didn’t expected poodles to be this smart, but these fluffy dogs aren’t just in it for the show. They were bred in Germany for the purpose of bird hunting. Other previous jobs vary from sheep herding to to bringing supplies to the wounded. This breed is known to be very affectionate, trainable and humorous.
3) German Shepherd
As these dogs are often used for police and military purposes, their intelligence might not come as a suprise. Their devotion and courage are unique. They excel in almost everything; guide and assistance work for the handicapped, police and military service, herding, search and rescue, drug detection and competitive obedience. And obviously they are loving and loyal dogs for their owners.
4) Golden Retriever
This breed was created due to a single yellow pup from a litter of black wavy coated retrievers. These friendly dogs remain to excel in retrieving, both agility and obedience. And to top it all off, golden retrievers are often deployed as service dogs.
5) Doberman Pinscher
A German tax collector decided to breed doberman pinschers for the purpose of guard dogs. They appear to be very energetic and smart dogs. Doberman pinschers are often deployed for police and military work. In addition, they are perfectly suited for canine sports and companionship.
6) Shetland Sheepdog
The Shetland Sheepdog is related to the Rough Collie, both dogs descended from Border Collies that inhabited Scotland. The Border Collies were brought to the Scottish island of Shetland and crossed with the Icelandic Yakkin, a small island dog which is now extinct. As they have loads of energy, they usually work at farms. In other cases, their skills are put to good use for agility and obedience.
7) Labrador Retriever
Labrador retrievers, one of the most popular family dogs, were bred in Newfoundland. They love to swim and their short thick coat, webbed feet, and heavy tail makes it easier for them to cover long distances. Labrador retrievers also excel in canine water rescue and therapy work. In addition, they are often deployed as assistance dogs.
Papillons are named after their butterfly looking ears, as papillon means butterfly in French. They are active, social and trainable dogs. And they are the smartest of all the toy dog breeds.
When you’re looking for a loyal, gentle and brave dog, the rottweiler might be the right dog for you. As they are known to be docile dogs, they need consistent training and socialization. When you train them right, they will grow into great dogs.
10) Australian Cattle Dog
Australian cattle dogs are a crossbreed of blue merle shepherds and the native Australian dingo. As they have loads of energy and love to work hard, they excel in agility, rally obedience, herding trials, and flyball.