The Top 10 Smartest Dogs
A list of the top 10 smartest dog breeds in the world....
The Top 10 Smartest Dogs Article courtesy of www.BreederLookup.com 1. Border Collie Border Collies are an intelligent, biddable breed with an instinctive desire to work closely and intensely with a human handler. They are very well behaved dogs, as long as they are trained well and fixed early. They can be very excitable dogs and if it is not taught from birth, although not meaning to, their over excitement and enthusiasm can sometimes lead to aggression 2. Poodles Yes the Poodles rank number 2 on the list of most intelligent dog breeds. Poodles are intelligent, alert, and active. Historically, their aptitude has made them ideal for performing in circuses across the globe for centuries. Otherwise notable is this breed's keen sense for instinctual behavior. In particular, marking and hunting drives are more readily observable than in most other breeds. Even Toys will point birds. Classified as highly energetic, poodles can also get bored fairly easily and have been known to get creative about finding mischief. 3. German Shepherds German Shepherds are highly intelligent and agile dogs, with a strong work drive. 4. Golden Retriever The Golden Retriever temperament is a hallmark of the breed and is described in the standard as "kindly, friendly and confident". They are not "one man dogs" and are generally equally friendly with strangers and those familiar to them. Their trusting, gentle disposition therefore makes them a poor guard dog. 5. Doberman Pinscher Doberman Pinschers are, in general, gentle, loyal, loving, and intelligent dogs. Although there is variation in temperament, a typical pet Doberman attacks only if it has been mistreated or believes that it, its property, or its family are in danger. 6. Shetland Sheepdog The Shetland Sheepdog is an outstanding companion dog and is intensely loyal. It is lively, intelligent, trainable, and willing to please and obey. Shelties are loving, loyal, and affectionate with their family, but are naturally aloof with strangers and might not appreciate being petted by
someone they do not know; for this reason Shelties must be socialized extensively. 7. Labrador Retriever Labradors are a well-balanced and versatile breed, adaptable to a wide range of functions as well as making very good pets. As a rule they are not excessively prone to being territorial, pining, insecure, aggressive, destructive, hypersensitive, or other difficult traits which sometimes manifest in a variety of breeds, and as the name suggests, they are excellent retrievers. 8. The Papillon The Papillon has the appearance of a dainty toy breed, but many owners will claim that their dogs are "big dogs in little dog suits". The Papillon is hardy; some people find that their Papillon is very capable of handling a good five-mile walk. Others believe the reality is that their Papillon will resist such an outing if the grass is somewhat damp, or if there are two clouds in the sky that might lead to rain. 9. Rottweiler In the hands of a responsible owner, a well trained and socialized Rottweiler can be a reliable, alert dog and a loving companion. However, any poorly trained dog can become a danger in the wrong circumstances. Rottweilers that are well trained and cared for can be as well behaved as any other dog and in general they are fond of children, very devoted, quick to learn, and eager to please. 10. Australian Cattle Dog Like many herding dogs, Cattle Dogs have high energy levels and active minds. They need plenty of exercise and a job to do, such as participating in dog sports, learning tricks, or other activities that engage their minds. Some individuals find repetitive training frustrating and dull, so owners should aim to make training sessions varied and more exciting in order to keep their dog interested. Cattle Dogs who do not receive the appropriate exercise and entertainment will invent their own, often destructive, activities.
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