Which dog is smarter? Everyone claims that their dog or their dog’s breed is the most intelligent, but what about it? On what criteria do we rank dogs according to their degree of intelligence?
Criteria For Classifying The Most Intelligent Dog
A Canadian psychologist named Stanley Coren, in his book “The Intelligence of Dogs”, tried to classify dogs according to their degree of intelligence through 3 main guiding lines: situation adaptive intelligence, working intelligence and instinctive intelligence. We find at the first position of the classification the Border Collie, it is finally little surprising considering its performances in Obedience and Agility competitions. Finally, we find at the last place the Afghan Greyhound. For our classification we retained the 10 first most intelligent dogs among the 132 classified.
Intelligent Dog: The Top 10 Ranking
1. The Border Collie
Great working dog, he constantly needs to be stimulated physically as well as intellectually. A star in obedience and agility competitions, the Border Collie needs to be well-trained and to have a master available who will be able to fill him with physical activities.
2. The Poodle
Often described as the most intelligent dog in the world, the Poodle is playful, friendly and easy to train. They are always eager to learn new things and have proven themselves in circus performances.
3. The German Shepherd
Versatile, easy to train and very receptive, the German Shepherd Dog is used for many tasks including assistance, guarding or searching. He needs a lot of exercise and does not like boredom. Very intelligent, it is a very sensitive dog that is very loyal to its master.
4. Le Golden Retriever
A docile and easy to train dog par excellence, the Golden Retriever is a formidable assistance dog that delights in the role of guide dog for the blind where it excels. He lives very well in an apartment but needs exercise and a lot of presence from his master.
5. The Dobermann
The Dobermann is a very gentle dog, sensitive and strongly attached to his master. It is a very good guardian with an assertive character provided it is well educated and without any violence. Patient and accomplice with children, he is also an outstanding sportsman.
6. The Shetland Sheepdog
Very good shepherd dog, the Shetland Sheepdog is a faithful, affectionate and very attached to his masters. Distrustful of strangers, he makes a very good companion for children with whom he is very gentle.
7. The Labrador Retriever
Its reputation is well established, as it has enjoyed enormous success in recent years. The Labrador Retriever can be both very playful and serious in tasks such as assisting the blind and disabled.