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137 Smartest Dogs in the World: The Complete List

Rank Breed Origin

Brightest Dogs (Top:1-10)

Understanding of New Commands: Fewer than 5 repetitions. Obey First Command: 95% of the time or better.
1. Border Collie United Kingdom
2. Poodle Germany
3. German Shepherd Germany
4. Golden Retriever Scotland
5. Doberman Pinscher Germany
6. Shetland Sheepdog Scotland
7. Labrador Retriever Canada
8. Papillon dog France
9. Rottweiler Germany
10. Australian Cattle Dog Australia

Excellent Working Dogs (Top:11-26)

Understanding of New Commands: 5 to 15 repetitions. Obey First Command: 85% of the time or better.
11. Pembroke Welsh Corgi Wales
12. Miniature Schnauzer Germany
13. English Springer Spaniel England
14. Belgian Shepherd Dog (Tervuren) Belgium
15.

Schipperke

Groenendael (Belgian Shepherd Dog)

Belgium

Belgium

16.

Collie (Rough-Collie)

Keeshond

Scotland & Northern England

Netherlands

17. German Shorthaired Pointer Germany
18.

Flat-Coated Retriever

English Cocker Spaniel

Standard Schnauzer

United Kingdom

England

Germany

19. Brittany Brittany, France
20. Cocker Spaniel UK, USA
21. Weimaraner Germany
22.

Malinois (Belgian Shepherd Dog)

Bernese Mountain Dog

Belgium

Switzerland

23. Pomeranian Germany
24. Irish Water Spaniel Ireland
25. Vizsla Hungary
26. Cardigan Welsh Corgi Wales

Above Average Working Dogs (Top:27-39)

Understanding of New Commands: 15 to 25 repetitions. Obey First Command: 70% of the time or better.
27.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Puli

Yorkshire Terrier

United States of America

Hungary

England

28. Giant Schnauzer Germany
29.

Portuguese Water Dog

Airedale Terrier

Bouvier des Flandres

Portugal

United Kingdom

Belgium (Flanders)

30.

Border Terrier

Briard

UK - Scotland / England

France

31. Welsh Springer Spaniel Wales
32. Manchester Terrier England
33. Samoyed Northwest Russia & Western Siberia
34.

Field Spaniel

Newfoundland

Australian Terrier

American Staffordshire Terrier

Gordon Setter

Bearded Collie

England

Newfoundland / England

Australia

United States

Scotland

Scotland

35.

Cairn Terrier

Kerry Blue Terrier

Irish Setter

Scotland

Ireland

Ireland

36. Norwegian Elkhound Norway
37.

Affenpinscher

Australian Silky Terrier

Miniature Pinscher

English Setter

Pharaoh Hound

Clumber Spaniel

Germany

Australia

Germany

England

Malta,Egypt

England

38. Norwich Terrier United Kingdom
39. Dalmatian dog Croatia

Average Working/Obedience Intelligence (Top:40-54)

Understanding of New Commands: 25 to 40 repetitions. Obey First Command: 50% of the time or better.
40.

Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier

Bedlington Terrier

Fox Terrier (Smooth)

Ireland

England

England

41.

Curly Coated Retriever

Irish Wolfhound

UK - England

Ireland

42.

Kuvasz

Australian Shepherd

Hungary

United States

43.

Saluki

Finnish Spitz

Pointer dog

Iran & Egypt

Finland

England

44.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

German Wirehaired Pointer

Black and Tan Coonhound

American Water Spaniel

United Kingdom

Germany

United States

United States

45.

Siberian Husky

Bichon Frise

Havanese

King Charles Spaniel

Siberia, Russia

Spain / Belgium

Cuba

England

46.

Tibetan Spaniel

English Foxhound

Otterhound

Jack Russell Terrier

American Foxhound

Greyhound

Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

China - Tibet

Great Britain - England

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

United States

United Kingdom

Netherlands, Germany

47.

West Highland White Terrier

Scottish Deerhound

Scotland

Scotland

48.

Boxer dog

Great Dane

Germany

Germany

49.

Dachshund

Shiba Inu

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Germany

Japan

England

50. Alaskan Malamute United States (Alaska)
51.

Whippet

Chinese Shar Pei

Wire Fox Terrier

England

China

England

52. Rhodesian Ridgeback Rhodesia/Southern Rhodesia
53.

Ibizan Hound

Welsh Terrier

Irish Terrier

Spain

Wales

Ireland

54.

Boston Terrier

Akita dog

United States

Japan

Fair Working/Obedience Intelligence (Top:55-69)

Understanding of New Commands: 40 to 80 repetitions. Obey First Command: 30% of the time or better.
55. Skye Terrier Scotland
56.

Norfolk Terrier

Sealyham Terrier

Great Britain

Wales

57. Pug China
58. French Bulldog France (Paris)
59.

Griffon Bruxellois

Maltese (dog)

Belgium

Italy

60.

Italian Greyhound

Coton De Tulear

Italy

Madagascar

61. Chinese Crested Dog China, Africa
62.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

Tibetan Terrier

Japanese Chin

Lakeland Terrier

Scotland

France

China - Tibet

Japanese

United Kingdom (England)

63. Old English Sheepdog England
64. Great Pyrenees France / Spain
65.

Scottish Terrier

Saint Bernard

Scotland

Italy / Switzerland

66. Bull Terrier England
67. Chihuahua (dog) Mexico
68. Lhasa Apso China - Tibet
69. Bullmastiff United Kingdom

Above Average Working Dogs (Top:70-79)

Lowest Degree of Working/Obedience Intelligence. Understanding of New Commands: 100 to 500 repetitions. Obey First Command: 20% of the time or better.
70. Shih Tzu China
71. Basset Hound Great Britain / France
72.

Mastiff

Beagle

United Kingdom

England

73. Pekingese China
74. Bloodhound Belgium,France,England or Scotland
75. Borzoi Russia / Belarus
76. Chow Chow China
77. Bulldog United Kingdom - England
78. Basenji Democratic Republic of the Congo
79. Afghan Hound Afghanistan

(Top:80-100)

Understanding of New Commands: 800 to 1500 repetitions. Obey First Command: 5% of the time or better.
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