10 Intelligent Dog Breeds

Golden Retriever The breed is easy to train and has a great social intelligence that makes it easy for them to get along with humans, dogs, and even their family cat. Goldens are calm and steady, and their intelligence is a gift that will be loved by all members of the family. Goldens consistently outperform all other breeds when it comes to obedience training.

Poodle The Poodle shines with brilliance. This intelligent breed of dog can open doors and scale fences for middle schoolers. Okay, that last one may be a stretch. Although all three types--Toy Miniature, Standard, and Standard--are intelligent, the Standard is the most intelligent. Standard Poodles are able to perform a wide range of tasks, including competing in agility trials and trotting off at Westminster.

Shetland Sheepdog The Shetland Sheepdog excels in obedience, agility and interactive dog game. They are also sensitive and sweet dogs that will be very attentive to their owners.

Border Collie Border Collies have the highest intelligence and logic. They are able to name hundreds of different objects and can understand complicated directions very well. Their only problem is that their instinct to herd can be activated by children and other pets. This breed is not recommended if you think you are smarter then a Border Collie.

German Shepherd German Shepherds not only are intelligent, but they also thrive on hard work and are great at helping with important tasks. This dog is the original "can-do" dog. They excel in everything, from protecting the blind to herding ducks to guiding them. It is difficult to find a German Shepherd that can't do anything, and they are extremely trainable.

Labrador Retriever The Labrador Retriever is a similar breed to the Golden, but it has more personality. America's most loved dog breed is a great choice for anyone looking for a hunting companion or a dog to do obedience work.

Australian Cattle Dog The Australian Cattle Dog breed is alert and has a strong intellectual curiosity. This breed standard was originally based on the Australian dingo, which is Australia's wild dog. The Cattle Dog shares this keen, cunning intelligence. They are territorial and do not like strangers.

Doberman Pinscher Dobermans are smart, easy-to-train and incredibly loyal to their families. This intelligent breed of dog can outsmart its owners, so you should be firm.

Papillon The Papillon is a small, shiny package that combines beauty and brains. Many Papillon pet owners believe their dogs can read minds because they are so attentive to their companions. They are also keen observers of all around them and use their brains and stamina to be the best agility dog in their size group.

Rottweiler The somber and steady Rottweiler can be both a herding or guard dog. It combines multiple intelligences into one amazing package. Rottweilers are not as agile and agile as other breeds, but their large size and brain make up for this.