Ever wondered whether your dog is smart or not? If he’s a fast learner, behaves well without being instructed to and helps in daily jobs, he must certainly be. But how do you determine a dog’s intelligence and is it connected to its breed after all?
Many will tell you that, yes, a dog’s intelligence is connected to its breed. And this may be only partially true. In fact, only these criteria:
- The ability to learn a new command after it is repeated less than five times
- An obedience rate of 95% after a given command
have been used to rank the top 5 smart dog breeds, which are:
1. The Border Collie
Why do Border Collies rank high? The answer is simple and can be found in their personality traits. In fact, Border Collies enjoy playing games, learning tricks, retrieving objects and of course the human’s company. Among others, these are the reasons why we regard them as very smart dogs.
Poodles are so versatile that they can even be trained in acrobatics exercises! Such a breed is characterized by the ability to learn tricks, movements, and tasks very quickly.
3. The German Shepherd
German Shepherds are wonderful human companions as they are very cheerful dogs. Sometimes involved in group therapy, German Shepherds are also very good at adapting quickly to environmental changes.
4. The Golden Retriever
Golden Retrievers are among those dogs with excellent communication skills, and capable of recreating a very happy household’s atmosphere. Also, these dogs are very versatile: one of their capabilities is to lead. This is why they are sometimes employed as herding or guard dogs.