Smartest Dog Breeds That Love Challenges

Highly intelligent and highly trainable, the affectionate and energetic Border Collie almost always comes out on top when it comes to doggy smarts.

Border Collie

Known for being confident, courageous, and smart, the German Shepherd is the second most popular dog in the United States, and for good reason.

German Shepherd

Their petite size says nothing about their mental capacity though, with the Papillion well regarded as one of the most clever canines around.


Sweet, affectionate, and almost always in high spirits, Labrador Retrievers work well in family situations where there are plenty of people for them to lavish with their love.

Labrador Retriever

One of the smartest dog breeds around, Poodles were originally bred in Germany for bird hunting and water retrieving.


The Australian Shepherd is work-orientated with an exuberant personality and bucket-loads of smarts that make them the cowboy’s herding dog of choice.

Australian Shepherd

They have a reputation for being aggressive, but nothing could be further from the truth for a well-bred and trained Rottweiler.


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