Obedience is a key factor in determining canine intelligence. Dog professionals studied a wide range of dog breeds and ranked them according to their ability to follow commands. 

Keep in mind though, that if your dog is on the bottom of the list or didn’t even make it, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. A few experts believe that it may even be better to have a dog that is not too intelligent. A smart dog can be quite a handful and you’ll always need to stay a few steps ahead of him. Plus, not-so-bright dogs still have their own charm and antics that can make you fall in love with them.

In any case, this is what they found.

The overall smartest dogs 

Intelligence was determined by how well the pooch followed commands repeated less than five times. Believe it or not, some of these were able to follow the command on the first try.

On top of the list is the border collie. Coming second is the poodle, while the German shepherd actually made it to the list at third. Other dogs that are on the list, and in no particular order, are the golden retriever, Shetland sheepdog, Papillon, Australian cattle dog, Doberman pinscher, labrador retriever, and rottweiler.

Best working dogs 

In this group, you’ll find dogs able to follow new commands after being introduced to them from 5 to 15 times. But once they’ve got it, there’s rarely the need to retrain them. 

Topping the list on this group is the Pembroke Welsh corgi. Coming in second is the miniature schnauzer. The English springer spaniel comes at third. The rest of the dogs that belong to this group, and listed in no particular order, are the Belgian Tervuren, collie keeshond, flat-coated retriever, standard schnauzer, cocker spaniel, Belgian Malinois,  Pomeranian, Vizsla, Schipperke Belgian sheepdog, German short-haired pointer, English cocker spaniel, Brittany, Weimaraner, Bernese mountain dog, Pomeranian, Irish water spaniel, and the cardigan Welsh corgi.

So did your pooch make the list?  Just because your dog is smart doesn’t need she can’t benefit from more training. And if your dog’s breed is considered less gifted, that certainly doesn’t preclude her from learning and growing into a smarter dog. Either way, we’ve got you covered. We’ve got lots of resources make training your pup easier than you thought possible. 

Read also: Picking The Best Place To Train Your Dog

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