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Top 5 Smartest Dog Breeds
(And the 5 Most Intellectually Challenged!)


Dogs are uncanny in their ability to read their pet owner’s minds … cuddling up next to us when we’re upset or sick, wagging their tails when we’re excited. And as it turns out, this intelligence is not just in our minds!

Dogs really are smart, and a new study found that even dogs with average “smarts” have the mental abilities of a 2-year-old child.

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The findings, which were presented at the American Psychological Association's annual convention in Toronto, Canada, found that the average dog can count to about 5, reason, and understand around 165 words (including signs, signals and gestures).

“We all want insight into how our furry companions think, and we want to understand the silly, quirky and apparently irrational behaviors [that] Lassie or Rover demonstrate," Stanley Coren, a canine expert and professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia, told LiveScience. "Their stunning flashes of brilliance and creativity are reminders that they may not be Einsteins but are sure closer to humans than we thought."

Of course, like humans, some dogs are smarter than others. Those breeds at the top of the list, which Coren calls “super breeds,” have the intelligence level of a 2.5-year-old, and can understand up to 250 words.

For his book The Intelligence of Dogs, Coren asked more than 200 dog-obedience judges to rank 110 breeds according to intelligence. Those that made the top of the list are those more recently developed breeds, which have been bred to be more responsive to human beings.

So if your dog didn’t make the top of the list, it could be because his breed was developed to follow “instinctive” intelligence, rather than learning how to count and understand language.

"It's important to note that these breeds which don't do as well tend to be considerably older breeds," Cohen told LiveScience. "They were developed when the task of a hound was to find something by smell or sight."

Golden retrievers rank among the top 5 in the U.S. for both intelligence and popularity!

Top Five Smartest Dog Breeds

  1. Border collies

  2. Poodles

  3. German shepherds

  4. Golden retrievers

  5. Doberman pinchers

The Five “Least Smart” Dog Breeds (Out of 110)

  1. Borzoi

  2. Chow chow

  3. Bulldog

  4. Basenji

  5. Afghan hound

Does This Match Up With the 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds?

The American Kennel Club has recently announced the most popular dogs in the United States in 2009, and, interestingly, Americans preference for dog breeds spans the ranks of smartest to least smart (but perhaps even more lovable?).

Bulldogs are the 7th most popular breed in the United States.

2009 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.

  1. Labrador Retriever

  2. German Shepherd Dog

  3. Yorkshire Terrier

  4. Golden Retriever

  5. Beagle

  6. Boxer

  7. Bulldog

  8. Dachshund

  9. Poodle

  10. Shih Tzu

Of course, no matter where your dog falls on the list of smarts or popularity, most pet owners will agree wholeheartedly that pets give back much more than they receive in the form of companionship and love.

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American Kennel Club January 27, 2010 August 9, 2009 August 8, 2009

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