The Most Intelligent Dogs: Will They Outsmart You?

For many potential pet owners who don’t have a lot of time on their hands, having a dog that is able to learn things quickly is a plus.

And being in the doggy daycare business, The Barking Lot has had the opportunity to cross paths with the best and brightest breeds out there. What we’ve discovered is that the most intelligent dogs actually require the most attention and stimulation.

We also realize that, just like us, pets can display intelligence on a number of different levels. According to, some of the smartest breeds include dogs like the German Shepherd, Doberman Pinscher, Labrador Retriever, Poodle, Border Collie, Shetland Sheepdog, Rottweiler, Papillion, Australian Cattledog and the Poodle.

If you are considering adopting a pet and intelligence is high on your doggy “wish list”, it’s best to keep in mind that while many smart dogs are eager to take on a new task, they may not always be the most trainable. These pets are often easily bored and may even look for ways to get around traditional methods of training.

Border Collies are said to be one of the brightest breeds around. And like most smart dogs, the Collie is at its best when doing what its been historically bred to do. For example, in places like England and Scotland, the Border Collie is known as a herding dog. That means this dog’s naturally energetic and demanding nature will require some time to get used to.

Intelligent dogs require a great deal of physical stimulation. Without the proper exercise, these pets can revert to some pretty destructive behaviors like digging and chewing. That’s way it’s important that your dog gets adequate playtime walks and training to keep him physically stimulated.

And for smarter breeds, mental stimulation and physical stimulation are two equal parts. To keep these pets on their toes, you’ll need to train them, give them a specific job to do and show them how to do new tricks.

Another thing to keep in mind about intelligent dogs is that they are often in popular demand – even by breeders. This can sometimes be cause for concern because poor quality breeders try to profit from pets with genetic conditions. What happens in this case, is these dogs are susceptible to hereditary problems like hip dysplasia which are passed down from one generation to the next. So, it’s a good idea to gather as much information about your potential pet’s dog lines to find the best fit for you both.


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