Smartest dog breeds that love challenges

Most dogs are smart, but the smartest ones can learn new orders, routines, & duties. 

Although some breeds are smarter than others, all dogs are different, just like humans. 

Some breeds are smarter at problem-solving or learning new phrases, while others are better at socialising. 

We've identified 13 of the smartest dog breeds, but early socialisation & training can boost any dog's intelligence. 

The friendly, active Border Collie is smart & trainable. Border Collies are smart dogs, learning cues quickly & understanding daily routines. 

They excel at herding, agility, & obedience. German Shepherds, the second most popular dog in the US, are smart, courageous, & confident. 

This breed is loyal and will die for their loved ones. The German Shepherd is eager to please & bright, learning commands fast. Papillons, like Chorkies, weigh 5-10lbs. 

Though little, the Papillion is one of the smartest dogs. The alert, joyful Pap learns new orders and routines quickly. They adore tricks & are great agility dogs. 

Labrador Retrievers thrive in families with lots of people to love. These energetic, social sportsmen excel at water sports & fetch. They love people & are often used as pet therapy dogs & water rescuers.

The cowboy's herding dog, the Australian Shepherd, is sharp & energetic. Aussies love to round up animals & people, whether they're cattle, or young children. They're easy to train & make terrific family & work dogs.

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