These are some darn smart doggos!
It’s a fact that some dog breeds are just plain smarter than others. While certain breeds are no doubt cute and lovable, they aren’t as easy to train as another breed with a reputation for their smarts. Having one of these breeds of smart dogs for a companion can be a very rewarding and special experience.
Border collies are known for their strong work ethic from their lineage as sheepherders in Scotland and England and are considered by many to be the most intelligent dog breed. They are highly energetic and athletic, able to run many miles in one day. The Border Collie is a breed that excels in learning voice commands, following directions, and understanding more words than other dogs do. One thing they’re specifically great at is learning to follow different directions from whistles or hand signals. They do, however, require a ton of attention and exercise to stay out of trouble.
They can get a little rowdy if they haven’t been out playing in a long time. If you’re getting yourself a Border Collie, make sure you take them out to play each and every day!
Though the breed has a reputation for being fancy frou-frou dogs for the rich and famous, and often sporting ridiculous looking haircuts, poodles are known for their high levels of intelligence and emotional capability. Large standard poodles were originally bred as hunting retrievers, a trend which
comes back in popularity in the past couple decades. All Poodles are for the most part exceptionally smart and active dogs.
These dogs bred to retrieve things for the water, so you can probably guess what they’re best at… playing fetch! The miniature variety is thought to have been used for truffle hunting. Just like the Border Collie, if you’re getting yourself a Poodle be prepared to take it out on walks and runs quite a bit. Also, don’t waste that god given talent, teach them how to play fetch and show off their skills to all the other dog owners at the park!
A relatively new breed that originated in Germany in 1899, German Shepherds’ rare combination of high-level strength and intelligence make them some of the smartest dogs on the face of the planet. There’s a reason you see police officers and military forces using almost exclusively German Shepherds as their K-9 units. In order to be a police dog, they need to be attentive, logical, and observant, something that all of these dogs are very good at. These dogs are known for being incredibly loving, and very good at being a family companion and herding animals.
They have sharp minds and an incredible amount of stamina. Because they’re so smart, they’re also very easy to train to an average dog owner. If you’re thinking of getting yourself a dog that’s easy to train and adorable to look at, look no further than the incredibly loyal German Shepherd.