Top 15 Smartest Dog Breeds in the World

Dogs are one of the most intelligent animals in the kingdom, no doubt about it, but some canines are smarter than others.

Before you start arguing that your pooch reigns supreme, what exactly does that mean? Besides their natural smarts, intelligence can come down to how easily breeds can train, their ability to understand humans, how quick of a study they are, how well they perform certain tasks, and much more.

So if you’re looking for a top dog to join your family, see if these canines pass the test.

20 thoughts on “Top 15 Smartest Dog Breeds in the World”

  1. Labradoodles are terrific. Smart, loyal, and my female understands everything and doesn’t run away. She was trained by treats and wants one for everything she does.

    1. My brother and I have a 4 year old Australian shepherd labradoodle. Oscar is very smart! He listens to me more than my brother. My brother is his buddy. When Oscar is focused on something it’s next to impossible to break his focus. Do you have any suggestions for me? I could really use some help.

  2. Surprised that the Bichon Frise breed was not included on your list. We have had three (including our 4-year-old now, Jackson) and they are amazing: very smart (almost intuitive), hyper-affectionate (towards everyone) but at the same time very protective. I once had an unleased pit bull run at me in a local park and my Bichon Frise immediately interposed himself between us and began growling in a terrifying manner. The pit bull stopped short in his tracks, turned around and began whimpering. His owner, a 20-something year-old, ran up and said “your dog your scared the heck out of mine!” I feel my dog might have just saved my life. He leashed his pit bull and they both took off running. The Bichon Frise also does something no other breed does: it is called the “Bichon Blitz” — running around frantically for about 5 minutes at lightning speed. That is part of their appeal for me — a sense of humor and playfulness. Everyone loves my Bichon Frise wherever I go, especially children and seniors. For my money, this is my favorite breed. Although all three of mine had some separation anxiety, our family really didn’t want to be separated from them either. Our current Bichon Frise is a registered service dog and is so cute, bright and cuddly, he brings a lot of joy to everyone around him.

    1. Doreen Palmer

      Hi Renee…
      We had (my daughter and I) had one… Marco was five when we got him …he was a owner surrender…love of our lives …he crossed the Rainbow Bridge at 16 yrs. old …smart, protective, loving….he too had separation anxiety when we first got him ….loved nothing more than to lay on the bed with us eating popcorn and watching movies… long as we were there he was happy….he taught himself things …like to walk under my daughters wheelchair without getting hurt….he knew her foot was in trouble ,,he would paw it and smell it….thanks to him she needed surgery to save her foot….he was a GREAT DOG….we miss him something terrible…

    2. I agree, Bichon Frise should have been included in the most intelligent dogs. I have two, and some times they astound me with how smart they are. My Bichon’s were so easy to train, it took about 20 minutes to teach them tricks, and they excelled at dog training. Sophie is getting old, and is having trouble jumping up on the sofa, I jokingly told her to go get her dad to help her up. To my astonishment that is what she did! My girls have also taught themselves games like hide and seek. Bella hides under the bed, until I tell her sister to find her. Sophie goes to where Bella is hiding, then Bella come out, both expecting a treat.

  3. I have a Chihuahua that understands everything that I tell him. He loves to go for a ride and gets very excited. If we are going somewhere that he cannot go I I look right at him and say Poco, you are on guard duty again.
    He calms down, does a 180 and takes his guard post. Always the same place.

    1. I agree 100% I also have had poodles and now I am on my second Bichon, he us my baby and protector every thing you said I can relate with.

  4. Nice to see a Rottweiler with the tail not cut. I don’t see the point of cutting their tails off. My rottie used to love swimming. A beautiful, faithful companion dog. Needs to be their with family just like any dog to be happy.

  5. Stacy McLemore

    I don’t have one because he died but he was a grayhound/lab mix. He was playfully, protective and loving. He loved to go swimming and Chase after squirls and dig holes to get to them.

  6. No smarter and sweeter dog than Bischon Frize… OMG.. That dog was smart as a whip.. could walk leash on commands. I swear she was a mindreader…Unbelievable in loving nature. Protective beyond words. loves like no no other breed I have owned…… I think it comes down to the parentage of the dogs, and the homes they end up in. I miss my Lilly every day, she died on 13 March 1. :(…..

  7. My Cocker Spaniel is very, very smart. Everything I tell her she obey me and is a sweetheart. When I brought her to my home she was 6 years already and she was abused. So I rescued her and she pays me with so much love and attention. I also have Chihuahua and a Pomeranian. The Pom is blind, deaf and can’t
    Walk. But I promised him till death do us apart. He is 16. The chi-chi, of my God, she is soooooo disobedient ? But I love them likewise. I am 70 and those 3 are my babies and my whole life.

  8. Your Bichon Frise May have its Bichon Blitz.. but the other breeds call it “Zoomies”.
    I’ve had a few breeds (Jack Russel, Dachshund, Chihuahua). This is not uncommon, but it sure is entertaining to see them so happy!

  9. I am a dog Lover , in my life time(81YRS) I have Loved Cocker Spaniels (6); German Shepherd/Collie,(1);King Charles Spaniel (1 ); Wineramern (gray ghost),(1) ;,Black Labs(2)and a beautiful crystal blue Eyed Red Sieberian Husky ,we also had Haley the one and only phanthom dog we ever had she ,was sweet and her breed did not matter we just loved her!!
    Each and everyone of our dogs were a pleasure to be with, not one of them were agressive. Presently “our in house resident dog” loves to think he can rescue my Husband when He swims underwater in our backyard pool. Rockie, soon will be 11 yrs. old.
    How to have a great dog ? “You” their Human need to be aware of where they are and what they are doing. Like children You need to teach them what good behavior is.
    The lifespan of my dogs ? most were between 10 years to 15 years one was 20. this old dog is 81.
    Loved all the photos you displayed. Really had me remembering all their great doggy smooches they gave to me, their Human Mama / or Grammie
    Will be 11yrs old healthy,happy, playfull 11year old WHO THINKS HE IS STILL A PUPPY.
    His name is Rockie

  10. Myrna VanCleave

    We had a Bichon Frise [Sarah] and a Bichon Maltese, [Rambo], Sarah was so smart. She would take the lease and walk Rambo. She did so many things that no other dog did. I would be here all day writing about her. 2012 she went to Doggie Heaven and I still miss her. All our dogs were lovely but Sarah just had that something special more any than other dogs we loved.

  11. Definitely our Minature Schnauser is the smartest dog we have ever had, and that is over several of the breeds listed. Very social but also incredibly loyal and attached to us.

  12. We have a Portuguese water dog her name is Rio .
    My dog is the best dog ever!!!
    she is everything you would want in a dog sweet ,good-natured , loving well mannered !!!

  13. Westies are my choice of breeds. Have had five of them and like terriers they can not want to listen to you unless they understand that you are the pack leader. My one Westie has been with me since he was a baby and he is 12 now. I could not love him more then if he was truly a child. Have to remember they are like a 2 year old child so always need to know where they are. He is so smart that sometimes I can just look into his eyes and he knows what I want. My other is one who came to me at the age of 4. He was very shy when I got him as his previous home was not very loving. He is now just the best boy and he protects me like a guard dog. All my other 3 were just Joys to have and are over the rainbow being healthy and playing with their toys.

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