Here Are The ‘Smartest’ Dog Breeds, According To A Psychologist

There’s no easy way to rate dog intelligence.

As the psychologist Stanley Coren wrote in the ‘9 0s, there’s adaptive intelligence( i.e ., figuring stuff out ), working intelligence( i.e ., following orders ), and instinctive intelligence( i.e ., innate talent) not to mention spatial intelligence, kinesthetic intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, and more.

As the animal behaviorist Frans de Waal has argued, humans tend to magistrate animal intelligence in limited and unfair words and often bungle the experiment.

While labs at Yale and Duke, and around the world, are analyzing this question, for now we have data on at the least one metric: working intelligence.

In his volume “The Intelligence of Dogs, ” Coren featured the results of a lengthy survey of 199 dog-obedience magistrates. The responses, he said, were remarkably consistent. However, he noted that many magistrates said that there are exceptions in every breed and that a lot come to training.

Here’s what he found 😛 TAGEND

TOP TIER the brightest working puppies, who tend to learn a new command in less than five seconds and obey at the least 95% of the time.

1. Border collie
2. Poodle
3. German shepherd
4. Golden retriever
5. Doberman pinscher


A border collie shows how it’s done. Dan Kitwood

6. Shetland sheepdog
7. Labrador retriever
8. Papillon
9. Rottweiler
10. Australian cattle dog

SECOND TIER excellent working dogs, who tend to learn a new command in five to 15 exposures and obey at the least 85% of the time.

11. Pembroke Welsh corgi
12. Miniature schnauzer
13. English springer spaniel
14. Belgian Tervuren
T1 5. Schipperke
T1 5. Belgian sheepdog
T1 7. Collie
T1 7. Keeshond
19. German short-haired pointer
T2 0. Flat-coated retriever


Don’t underestimate the small Pembroke Welsh corgi. Pmuths1 956 on Wikimedia Commons
T2 0. English cocker spaniel
T2 0. Standard schnauzer
23. Brittany spaniel
T2 4. Cocker spaniel
T2 4. Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever
26. Weimaraner
T2 7. Belgian Malinois
T2 7. Bernese mountain dog
29. Pomeranian
30. Irish water spaniel
31. Vizsla
32. Cardigan Welsh corgi

THIRD TIER above-average working dogs, who tend to learn a new trick in 15 to 25 repetitions and obey at the least 70% of the time.

T3 3. Chesapeake Bay retriever
T3 3. Puli
T3 3. Yorkshire terrier
T3 6. Giant schnauzer
T3 6. Portuguese water dog
T3 6. Airedale
T3 6. Bouvier des Flandres
T4 0. Border terrier
T4 0. Briard
42. Welsh springer spaniel
43. Manchester terrier
44. Samoyed
T4 5. Field spaniel
T4 5. Newfoundland


The Chesapeake Bay retriever is an above-average running dog. AP Photo/ Mary Altaffer
T4 5. Australian terrier
T4 5. American Staffordshire terrier
T4 5. Gordon setter
T4 5. Bearded collie
T5 1. American Eskimo dog
T5 1. Cairn terrier
T5 1. Kerry blue terrier
T5 1. Irish setter
55. Norwegian elkhound
T5 6. Affenpinscher
T5 6. Silky terrier
T5 6. Miniature pinscher
T5 6. English setter
T5 6. Pharaoh hound
T5 6. Clumber spaniel
62. Norwich terrier
63. Dalmatian

FOURTH TIER average working puppies, who tend to learn a new trick in 25 to 40 repetitions and obey at the least 50% of the time.

T6 4. Soft-coated wheaten terrier
T6 4. Bedlington terrier
T6 4. Smooth-haired fox terrier
T6 7. Curly-coated retriever
T6 7. Irish wolfhound
T6 9. Kuvasz
T6 9. Australian shepherd
T7 1. Saluki
T7 1. Finnish Spitz
T7 1. Pointer
T7 4. Cavalier King Charles spaniel
T7 4. German wirehaired pointer


The soft-coated wheaten terrier is about median at following orders. Shutterstock
T7 4. Black-and-tan coonhound
T7 4. American water spaniel
T7 8. Siberian husky
T7 8. Bichon Frise
T7 8. English toy spaniel
T8 1. Tibetan spaniel
T8 1. English foxhound
T8 1. Otterhound
T8 1. American foxhound
T8 1. Greyhound
T8 1. Harrier
T8 1. Parson Russel terrier
T8 1. Wirehaired pointing griffon
T8 9. West Highland white terrier
T8 9. Havanese
T8 9. Scottish deerhound
T9 2. Boxer
T9 2. Great Dane
T9 4. Dachshund
T9 4. Staffordshire bull terrier
T9 4. Shiba Inu
97. Malamute
T9 8. Whippet
T9 8. Chinese shar-pei
T9 8. Wirehaired fox terrier
101. Rhodesian ridgeback
T1 02. Ibizan hound
T1 02. Welsh terrier
T1 02. Irish terrier
T1 05. Boston terrier
T1 05. Akita

FIFTH TIER fair working dogs, who tend to learn a new trick in 40 to 80 repeats and answer about 40% of the time.

107. Skye terrier
T1 08. Norfolk terrier
T1 08. Sealyham terrier
110. Pug
111. French bulldog
T1 12. Brussels griffon
T1 12. Maltese terrier
114. Italian greyhound
115. Chinese crested
T1 16. Dandie Dinmont terrier


It’s not easy to win an obedience trial with a Skye terrier. Stephanie Keith/ Getty
T1 16. Vendeen
T1 16. Tibetan terrier
T1 16. Japanese chin
T1 16. Lakeland terrier
121. Old english sheepdog
122. Great Pyrenees
T1 23. Scottish terrier
T1 23. Saint Bernard
T1 25. Bull terrier
T1 25. Petite Basset Griffon
T1 25. Vendeen
128. Chihuahua
129. Lhasa apso
130. Bullmastiff

SIXTH TIER the least-effective working puppies, who may learn a new trick after more than 100 repeatings and obey around 30% of the time.

131. Shih Tzu
132. Basset hound
T1 33. Mastiff
T1 33. Beagle
135. Pekingese
136. Bloodhound


The Afghan hound doesn’t care what you want. Shutterstock
137. Borzoi
138. Chow chow
139. Bulldog
140. Basenji
141. Afghan hound

Again, there are exceptions. Coren talks in his volume about a trainer who managed to win obedience rivalries with multiple Staffordshire bull terriers( No. 94 ).

There are also, again, other ways of measuring intelligence.

Coren tells us about a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever( No. 24) he owned that was in some ways too smart for competitions.

“He was so bright and attentive that he read my every motion, head turn, and even the direction that I was looking with my eyes, as a command, ” he wrote in an email. “That stimulated him very difficult to compete with in obedience trials, since, for instance, a glance with my eyes in the direction of the high jump might be interpreted by him as a command and that would send him off, taking the leap beautifully of course, but nonetheless disqualifying us from that round of competition.”

De Waal, in “Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are ?” defended the Afghan hound( No. 141 ), saying that they may not be unintelligent but instead independent-mined, stubborn, and unwilling to follow orders.

“Afghans, ” he wrote, “are perhaps more like cats, which are not beholden to anyone.”

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