The 7 Most Intelligent Dog Breeds You Can Own In 2024

1. Border collie

Based on a ranking of 131 dog breeds based on relative intellect, The intellect of Dogs claims that the border collie is the most intelligent breed ever created. Do you need proof? 

2. Poodle

The poodle is a German breed that was originally bred as a water retriever, despite being referred to as a French poodle frequently. Due to the fact that curly hair won't style itself, it is frequently perceived as excessive maintenance. 

3. German shepherd

According to Coren's assessment, the German shepherd is the third most intellectual dog overall and the second most intelligent herding dog. The AKC claims that the breed was created for high intellect (they can learn a new command the first time).

4. Golden retriever

There is more to canine intelligence than simply brains. The thing that propels golden retrievers into the No. 4 position is their obedience to orders and chores given to them by their owners. Due to their desire to appease their human counterparts

5. Doberman pinscher

A German tax collector with some spare time in the off-season decided to breed the ideal canine bodyguard and created the extremely intelligent and easily trainable Doberman pinscher, which the AKC describes as fearless, loyal, and vigilant. 

6. Shetland sheepdog

While consuming significantly less food, the small Shetland sheepdog performs all of the functions of a larger herding dog. They were raised to be the "little cousin" of the collie for precisely that reason. 

7. Labrador retriever

The Labrador retriever is descended from the now extinct St. John Dog and related to the Newfoundland, both of which were developed by Canadian settlers on the island of Newfoundland in the sixteenth century.