Top 5 Smartest Dog Breeds

  • Date: October 9, 2020
  • Time to read: 2 min.

Top 5 Smartest Dog Breeds

Isn’t it delightful to see when you ask your dog to fetch your TV’s remote control for you, and he exactly does that?

Well, it makes me super happy when I ask my pooch for something, and he accurately performs the task. Sometimes, he even leaves my mouth hanging open.

Dogs are super smart and intelligent animals. They can learn a lot of human languages and even understand your moods. That is why they make the best pals during all the crests and troughs of your life.

But did you know that some dogs are smarter than the others?

We have put together a list of top 5 smartest dog breeds from across the globe.

doberman pinscher

Doberman Pinscher

While an average dog takes around 25 to 40 repetitions to learn a new command, Dobermans takes less than five repetitions to learn anything new. This makes them stand 5th in the list of intelligent dogs.

After German Shepherds, Dobermans lead the list of police and military dogs. They are fearless and loyal guard dogs with capabilities of high work.

Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog

This breed is well-known to be one amongst the smartest dog breeds. They are very playful and learn new tricks in almost no time. They are incredible in agility competitions.

They are super obedient and make up excellent watchdogs too because they show reluctance towards strangers and can even bark at them.



Never underestimate the intelligence of these tiny fluffs. They might look small, but their brains are the exact opposite.

They learn new tricks at an incredibly swift pace. They are happy, friendly, and alert all at the same time.

And guess what? Their name means ‘butterfly’ in French. Too appropriate for their butterfly-shaped ears, right?

German Shepherd

The intelligence of a German Shepherd is no surprise as they are commonly used by military, police, armed forces and security services. Their learning and adapting abilities match none other. Although they might require a good deal of brain stimulation exercises, they can sniff out almost anything.

They are not very affectionate but are extremely loyal and amazing with kids.

Border Collie

Border Collie

Psychologist Stanley Coren’s intelligence list marks Border Collie at the first spot amongst the breeds of intelligent dogs.

They are known to be workaholic and are premier sheepherders. They learn new commands in as low as less than 5 seconds and will keep a good grasp at them. They are well-known for their intense gaze aka ‘herding eye’ to herd animals.

And you know the best part? They top the list in obedience too.

Wrapping Up

The above list of dogs enjoys an upper-hand in intelligence and smartness amongst the rest of the breeds. It never means it’s wrong to have a dog of an average breed. Nearly all dogs are smart enough to fulfil your needs.