The Top 23 Smartest Dogs In The World

Is your dog smart? Of course he or she is. We love smart dogs and have put together a list of the top 23 smartest dogs. 

In the DogTime.com Dog Breed Center under the Train-ability Breed Characteristic, 23 pure- and mixed-breed dogs received the highest — five-star — rating of “Very high” for intelligence. These dogs are usually ones with jobs, such as herding livestock, which require concentration and decision making. Here they are, in alphabetical order:

1. Airedale Terrier

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2. Australian Cattle Dog

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3. Australian Shepherd

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4. Belgian Malinois

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5. Belgian Sheepdog

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6. Belgian Tervuren

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7. Black and Tan Coonhound

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8. Border Collie

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9. Border Terrier

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10. Doberman Pinscher

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11. German Shepherd Dog

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12. Goldador

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13. Goldendoodle

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14. Jack Russell Terrier

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15. Kuvasz

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16. Norwegian Lundehund

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17. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

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18. Poodle

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19. Pyrenean Shepherd

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20. Shetland Sheepdog

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21. Sussex Spaniel

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22. Tibetan Mastiff

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23. Xoloitzuintli

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Is your dog on the list? If your dog is not on our list, it doesn’t mean he or she is not smart, we can’t fit every breed here so let us know about your smart dog in the comments below!

Do you have a cat? Take a look at CatTime.com’s list of The 10 Smartest Cats.

These lists are created in hopes of encouraging potential adopters to consider a range of breeds and breed mixes when adopting. Our goal is to generate awareness of the many types of smart dogs, friendly dogs, and others, and to encourage people to look beyond the types they’ve always known. Each dog is an individual and should be evaluated as such.

  • Cheri McQueen

    Where is Keeshond….they are so intelligent! Mine could distinguish color , when asked where is yellow when the yellow object was amidst several different colors he would identify the correct color every time. He was so smart!