We give the award to the Golden Retriever over the Border Collie. This breed combines trainability and social intelligence to get along with other dogs, humans, and the household cat. Calm and intelligent, Goldens endear themselves to the whole family. Goldens consistently rank first in obedience training.

Golden Retriever

Brilliant Poodle. This dog can unlock doors, scale fences, and do middle school homework. That last one's a stretch.  Standard is the smartest of the three Toy, Miniature, and Standard. Standard Poodles excel at Westminster and agility trials.


The tiny Shetland Sheepdog is a canine superstar when it comes to competitive obedience, agility, and interactive canine sports. These canines have a kind and sensitive nature that makes them devoted companions.

Shetland Sheepdog

Border Collies are smart, logical, and problem-solving. They can memorise hundreds or thousands of object names and grasp complex directions. Children or other pets might stimulate their herding behaviour. Unless you're smarter than a Border Collie, avoid this breed.

Border Collie

German Shepherds are bright workaholics who love essential jobs. This dog excels in protection, guiding the blind, and herding ducks. The trainability of German Shepherds is unmatched.

German Shepherd

Labrador Retrievers are goofier than Goldens. America's most popular dog breed has a big heart and a sharp mind.

Labrador Retriever 

Australian Cattle Dogs are intelligent and vigilant. The Cattle Dog's initial breed standard was based on the dingo, Australia's natural wild dog. They're territorial and unfriendly to newcomers.

Australian Cattle Dog

Dobermans are obedient, intelligent, and easy to train dogs. This kind of dog is so smart that it may quickly outsmart its owners, so you'll need to take a hard stance with your pet.

Doberman Pinscher

The Papillon is tiny and smart. Many Papillon owners believe their dogs can read minds because they're so empathetic. Papillons' intelligence and stamina make them the best agility dog in their small category.


The gloomy, steadfast Rottweiler is a herder and guard dog, integrating multiple intelligences. Rottweilers aren't as agile as other dogs on this list, but their bulk and brain make up for it.


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