The 63 smartest dog breeds, ranked | Pets
Dog owners are passionate about defending their breed of dog, but is your precious Poodle really smarter than a Labrador Retriever?
It is time to put these weekly dog park arguments to an end. If you are looking for a definitive answer to the question of whether your pup is smarter than the average dog, then author and professor of canine psychology Stanley Coren’s 2006 book “The Intelligence of Dogs” is an excellent reference point. It is widely accepted in the dog lover community as an accurate representation of the trainability and general intelligence of breeds recognized by the American and Canadian Kennel Clubs.
Coren’s list of the 63 brightest dog breeds was compiled with the help of the American and Canadian Kennel Clubs and a survey of dog owners. At Coren’s request, obedience test judges ranked races according to obedience and work intelligence – categories based on how well a race typically learns from humans. The analysis also ranked breeds based on adaptive intelligence, which refers to a dog’s ability to solve problems on its own. Races that took the shortest time to learn new commands have the highest rank.
Does your faithful pup’s breed make the list? Read on to see if the next time you walk your fur baby in front of the neighbors, you will brag about your dog’s intellectual prowess. Don’t worry: even if your dog’s breed isn’t on the list, it doesn’t mean he’s not a good boy – some traits just can’t be measured.
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