Small dogs who are smart

There are a variety of ways to test canine intelligence. There are tests that measure a dog’s temperament; tests that rate a dog’s problem solving skills and; tests that rank a dog’s cognitive abilities (e.g. distinguishing between diffferent categories of photographs).

Keep in mind that what may pass for intelligent behavior for one breed of dog may not be an accurate measure of intelligence for another breed. For example, a Basset Hound may have superior scent skills but perform poorly at herding a gaggle of geese, while a Belgian Sheepdog can herd the geese with no problem but not be alerted to the scent of a rabbit who recently passed his way.


American Eskimo Dog (Toy & Miniature)

Australian Terrier

Bichon Frise

Border Terrier

Boston Terrier

Brussels Griffon

Cairn Terrier

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Coton de Tulear

Fox Terrier


Jack Russel Terrier

Lakeland Terrier


Manchester Terrier

Miniature Schnauzer

Norfolk Terrier

Norwich Terrier


Poodle (Toy & Miniature)

Rat Terrier (Toy & Miniature)



Scottish Terrier

Shih Tzu

Silky Terrier

Tibetan Spaniel

Toy Fox Terrier

Welsh Terrier

West Highland White Terrier