A list like no other
In fact, while we’re busy bickering about the smartest dogs, they’re busy figuring out how to take over the world. OK, maybe they’re not quite that smart, but they certainly have dog experts chasing their tails as to which dog breed is the smartest. With the help of our canine experts, we managed to cut to the chase.
“It’s not a surprise that this hard-working, herding breed comes in first on our list,” say Caitie Steffen, veterinarian and geneticist Dr Angela Hughes. Border Collies are always eager to learn and please their owners, which earns them the top spot in this smartest dogs ranking. “How can you argue with a dog with a vocabulary of over 1,000 words?” adds holistic pet therapist and author, Sally Morgan, referring to Chaser, a famous border collie from South Carolina who was once profiled on 60 Minutes.
The poodle has been selected as one of the top-ranked dog breeds for intelligence over and over because of its ability to be loyal, smart, and gentle, according to Lazhar Ichir, founder of Breeding Business, an educational platform for ethical dog breeders. “Poodles learn quickly and often surprise their owners by how human-like they can be.” Dr Wendy Hauser, a veterinarian, adds that poodles are readily trainable and enjoy activities that allow them to be challenged, such as hunting, tracking, agility, and obedience work.