While smart dogs can be considered somewhat controversial, we went ahead and compiled a list of 30 dog breeds which are considered to be the smartest. The list is compiled in increasing order. Enjoy!
- Bernese Mountain Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dogs are one of the biggest breeds of dogs. When they reach their adult size their weight can go up as far as 100 pounds! People might think that they are a dumb breed, but it is actually quite the opposite.
They are considered to be very smart! Just like any other huge breed, they also have a need for regular exercise. They are one of the most intelligent dogs out there, and they can be specifically trained for all outdoor activities, and especially outdoor life.
- Old English Sheepdog
The Old English Sheepdogs are especially known for their fur. It covers their eyes and makes them look both fat and cute at the same time. However, they are not your regular cute dogs. They were raised as sheepdogs, obviously, which means that they will follow your every command to the last detail.
Not only that, they will also stick to these commands and watch the herd and lead them even if you are not there to command them.
- Bearded Collie
When it comes to the Bearded Collies they are actually quite the same to the Sheepdogs. They are also highly intelligent, but they are also quite full of themselves and are not afraid to display their charisma and throw it around.
You might remember this particular breed of a dog from the 1960s show My Three Sons. They are not at all easy to train, and they like to think for themselves regardless of all the training you put into them.
- Jack Russell Terrier
The Jack Russell Terrier are quite popular, particularly because of their attitude. Some of you might recognize this breed of dog as Eddie from Frasier. They are stars of so many movies for a very simple reason – they follow commands regardless if they get repetitive or not.
Despite their small size, they are extremely agile. They will give you a run for your money if you choose to play with one.
Weimaraners are a German breed of dogs, which you probably guessed right from their name. They were bred for a specific purpose of helping hunters in the Black Forest. They are exceptionally smart, but they are also known for their stubborn attitude at times.
They are highly intelligent and can learn commands in the blink of an eye. If you are looking for a hunting companion who is also a gentle pup at home, then the Weimaraners are your answer.
- English Springer Spaniel
You might not believe this but the English Springer Spaniel managed to make its way into almost every home in the United States. It was one of the most popular breeds there! They are considered to be your typical family dog, and they usually display one of their two personalities.
If you need to track something down, then they are your best assistants. If you need someone to protect your family and act as a loyal companion then they will do that as well.
- Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Many of you know about Corgis already, but did you know that their full name is the Pembroke Welsh Corgi? They are usually mistaken for being small dogs, but they are technically not. They are members of a short-legged breed of dogs.
According to rumors, The Queen of England has quite a few of these guys and girls in her palace. They are easy to train and can be very helpful.
- Irish Setter
The Irish Setter is yet another hunting dog on our list. If you are specializing in bird hunting then this is the dog for you. They do not need training, their instincts tell them to grab a fallen bird and bring it to their owners.
Apart from that, they are considered to be very loyal dogs and a great choice as a family dog. They are more than capable of learning new stuff, and will do everything in their power to obey.
- German Shorthaired Pointer
You can pretty much guess the role of the German Shorthaired Pointers by simply reading their name. They use their body and in a lean-forward fashion tell the hunter where the prey is. They might also lift their paw in the direction of the prey if they feel like it.
If you need an intelligent dog that will not scare away the prey but point you in the direction of one, then a Pointer should be your number one choice.
- Alaskan Husky
The Alaskan Husky made a name for itself as a dogsledding dog. When you think of Husky you think of cold weather and snow, and that is the climate that they are used to. They are very unique, and have a much closer connection to wolves than dogs.
They prefer the wolf pack mentality and live and work in groups. They are actually so intelligent that they are able to construct social positions and hierarchy in their group.
- Siberian Husky
When it comes to the Siberian Husky there is not much else to say. They are quite similar to their Alaskan counterparts. They display their intelligence when they are socializing with other dogs. They might look like mean machines, but they are not at all good as guard dogs.
They do not get attached to humans and are not dependent on them. This means that there is not much in it for them to protect them.
- Alaskan Malamute
You just had to know that the Alaskan Malamute is going to follow the Husky on this list. They are enormous dogs, and very fluffy too! They are fit for being a family dog because they get along with children.
They do, however, like having a pack, which means that you need to be its leader. Once that is in place, and the dog knows its place, it will be a loyal servant for the rest of his life.
You might not recognize a Collie by its name, but when we mention Lassie everyone in the world knows what breed we are talking about. The TV show actually portrayed the Collies in a fair light.
They are highly intellectual dogs, and are perfect pets when it comes to notifying people around them of impending danger or rescuing someone. They are easy to train and make great family dogs.
- Chesapeake Bay Retriever
The Chesapeake Bay Retriever is a native dog to the Chesapeake Bay region. They were bred specifically to assist hunters in duck hunting. You might remember the dog as your loyal companion from the old Nintendo duck shooting game.
They are extremely intelligent and agile. They predict where the bird will land once it is shot, and they can be there waiting for it. They are, however, considered to be quite stubborn, and they might not always follow commands.
- Australian Shepherd
The Australian Shepherd actually has a wrong name. They are not native to Australia at all. They were first bred in California. They are natural herders and just love to corral smaller things than them, such as birds and children.
They are highly intelligent and thus display it through stubbornness. They might be a great dog to work with, but you have to be very strict and firm with them. They will try to take the opportunity to become the alpha in your family.
- Saint Bernard
Who in the world does not recognize a Saint Bernard? These gentle giants are always portrayed with a barrel around the neck, carrying that sweet liquor. They made it on the TV as well. Beethoven is one of the most popular series to ever hit the small screens.
Not to mention “Cujo” from Stephen King’s book. This breed is what we would consider a serious dog. They are not goofy, nor are they aggressive. They walk the line right in the middle.
- Akita Inu
Akita Inu quickly became a popular family dog, particularly because of their intellect. They are very suspicious of strangers, and are quick to alert the family of danger. Their distrust of people they do not recognize is actually their brand of how they function.
They will often try and take the path that they see fit, not the way someone tells them to do. They certainly won’t fall for any tricks! They probably will not respond to unnecessary commands.
- English Setter
The English Setter is yet another breed who was born and raised for hunting. This particular breed is actually hundreds of years old which means that hunting is now right in their genes. They are mainly used to hunt foxes and to track down whatever the hunter is after.
They have an immense smelling ability and can track down a fox or a rabbit with ease. If you are into hunting small game then this is the dog for you.
- Great Dane
Many people around the world know the Great Dane as an absolutely enormous dog. Not many are aware that their size correlates with the size of their brain, which means that they have almost as big of a brain as we humans do.
They are very gentle and will protect their owners at all cost. Despite their size, they do not see themselves as superior to humans, and will gladly take the role of a pack member rather than an alpha.
Brittany is yet another breed of hunting dogs, but they are being used more and more as pets who compete in the obedience competitions or other types of dog sports. They like to obey their owners and find completing tasks extremely fun, which makes them a perfect fit for all sorts of competitions.
They also have a great grasp in correction, which means that they will fix whatever they did wrong without you needing to yell at them.
- Australian Cattle Dog
The Australian Cattle Dog is related to the Australian Shepherd dog that we had already mentioned previously. They are almost the same in character. Very loyal and easy to train, which makes them an excellent choice for all kinds of competitions.
They still have their instinct to herd in them, and can be used as excellent herders. You need to have the time to train them, however. If they get bored, they will destroy your home.
Rottweilers are considered to be aggressive dogs by many, and while we really cannot dispute that statement, we also cannot take away from the fact that they are highly intelligent dogs.
That means that if you teach them to use their power in a positive way, they can become a loyal companion for many years to follow. They are excellent guard dogs, and while gentle to the family, they will fight like soldiers to protect them.
You have made it almost to the end of the list, and we have yet to list a toy breed. So here is one just for you. Most toy breeds are not in any way good hunters or highly intelligent like the other breeds we have listed previously. With one exception – the Papillon.
They might be little, but they are both smart and determined. Easy to train and loyal to the end, they are great companions.
- Doberman Pinscher
Most of you will recognize the Doberman breed as a police breed. And you would be right. They can be highly aggressive, but with proper training they can use that aggression in a positive manner rather than a negative one.
If you are looking for a dog that will protect you and your family without fear then this is the dog for you. They take their tasks very seriously, even at the cost of their own lives.
- Shetland Sheepdog
The Shetland Sheepdog might resemble a Collie, but they are not related. They are quite small, but they make up for the lack of size in their strength and companionship. They are very intelligent and can be easily trained for various different jobs.
However, they best excel at herding. They can herd as well as any other herding breed on our list, which means that if you are looking for a cute herding dog then these good pups are a great choice.
- Golden Retriever
There is not a person in this world who does not know what the Golden Retriever looks like. It is one of the most popular family dogs all over the world. They do not care what they are doing, as long as they are with you and are making you happy.
They will always follow their owner’s commands, as they cannot function without them. They need a purpose in their life, and you need to provide them with one.
- Labrador Retriever
Just like the Golden Retriever, the Labrador Retriever is also a household name all over the world. They are highly intelligent and paired up with their companionship they make an excellent special needs breed.
They have a great grasp in communication and will recognize what their owner needs or wants, as well as tell their owner what they need or want. A perfect dog for someone who is a beginner and needs a dog who will help them out.
- German Shepherd
The German Shepherd is yet another breed of dog that the Police forces around the world use for their K9 units. The reason that it is so popular all over the world is the fact that they are exceptionally easy to train, and will carry out tasks perfectly.
On top of that they also have a great smell, which means that they can easily be trained for tracking out people or illegal substances. A great all-around dog.
You might not have expected to see a Poodle on this list, but here they are. They are not only beautiful but also very intelligent. And it does not matter what Poodle breed you choose! Both toy and miniature poodles have the same intelligence as the big breed ones.
They have an excellent memory, so do not think that they will forget what you did any time soon. They can be trained as problem-solving pets.
- Border Collie
You probably expected it, and we are here to deliver it – The Border Collie. There really is not much left to say that you do not know already. They are both agile and smart. They are excellent pets when it comes to agility competitions, and they will usually bring in the gold.
They can be trained for very specific commands, and they will obey them. If you order them to go out and sunbathe for 30 seconds, they will do it.
- Didi, Bonnie, and Clyde are all fighting the illegal poachers
We have reached the section where we tell you the stories of some of the breeds we have mentioned on the list. The Amboseli National Park in Kenya has a huge problem with animal poachers.
The park is huge, and the guards need to have dogs with them who can help them out with tracking down these illegal hunters. Didi, Bonnie and Clyde are all employed there in order to track them down, and help out their wild animal friends survive another day.
- Saving the penguin colony
This is a story about how a dog can help out penguins. This all went down on Middle Island in Australia where a colony of penguins was almost wiped out by foxes. The penguins, who are about a foot tall, could not defend themselves.
To solve this issue, Oddball was sent into action, and protects the colony from foxes day and night. Oddball, you are our hero!
- The Italian Coast Guard dogs
Our next story takes us to the Italian Coast Guards. They have a bunch of Newfoundland dogs who are exceptionally calm, and can perform well under pressure. They use them to help people who are drowning by allowing them to grasp on to them until the real rescue arrives.
They are considered to be one of the most loving breeds in the world, and that paired up with their love for water makes it pretty obvious why the ICG uses them.
- Sniffing out a leaky pipe
This story tells you everything you need to know about cocker spaniels and their sense of smell. The United Utilities employed two spaniels, named Snipe and Denzel, to sniff out leaky pipes. Yes, they are capable of sniffing for a leaking pipe that is hidden well underground and thus helping this English water company locate the pipes and repair them.
We are not pointing any fingers here, but these two dogs seem to handle their jobs better than many people out there.
- Blessed as a Monk
Friar Bigotón, which would roughly translate to Friar Mustache, was a poor stray dog before the monks of the St. Francis Monastery stumbled upon him and adopted him. He lives with them now in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
To make things even better, St. Francis is the patron of animals. This means that the monks did their duty according to their teachings when they adopted this little guy to help them with their everyday errands.