Dog Breeds

The 9 Most Intelligent Dog Breeds In The World In 2020

Most dog breeders frequently ask: What are the most intelligent dog breeds in the world?

By adopting the criterion of his quick ability to handle family life in addition to the rapidity of his training to get an obedient dog able to perform several tasks such as closing the door and bringing the drink from the refrigerator …
Many dog training experts agree that some dog breeds are more intelligent than others and have a very high capacity to train quickly and to be able to cope in all types of training in incredible ways, this is confirmed by the psychologist Stanley Coren in his book “Dog Intelligence”.

If you are curious and want to know more about the intelligent dog breeds that may encourage you to breed them at home to enjoy their qualities, read this article that we have reviewed nine of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world.

But before we get started, let’s answer a few questions that may be helpful in helping you determine if your dog is smart or not.

Most Intelligent Dog Breeds In The World In 2020
Most Intelligent Dog Breeds In The World In 2020

Some facts about intelligent dog breeds:

Do dogs have an IQ (intelligence quotient)?

Like humans, you can calculate your dog’s “IQ” to get an idea of how smart he is. This test depends on several criteria, so it is advisable to call in a specialist to obtain more accurate results.
Note that the dog’s “IQ” value changes with time and age and can be improved with more training.

Criteria of dog’s intelligence:

Specialists generally evaluate the intelligence levels of dog breeds according to several criteria, the most important of which are control of instinct, obedience and the dog’s ability to adapt to its environment. But it is very logical that this should be relative and not fixed. The degree of intelligence varies from breed to breed and from dog to dog within the same breed.

For example, hunting dogs have good hearing and great carrying capacity, unlike decorative dogs that lack these senses but are social in nature and therefore easy to train, regardless of the level of intelligence.

Are small dogs smarter than bigger dogs?

So far, this has not been proven scientifically, but a lot of research indicates that small dogs are less intelligent than large dogs. Most of this research says that large dogs have a great ability to remember and master many training commands unlike small dogs with the same training conditions.

However, some of the companion dogs have a great ability to master these things because they have been bred to be calm and obedient, regardless of their level of intelligence. In this respect, small dogs outperform many other intelligent dog breeds.

Do dogs get smarter with age?

Although research on dog behavior and intelligence is growing, it is still very complex and there are no clear answers. But many experiments prove that the intelligence of the average dog is very sophisticated, equivalent to the intelligence of a child aged two and 2.5 years.

These experiments have also confirmed that dogs can develop their intelligence through continuous breed-specific training. Proof of this is that many of them have been developing to cope with their new environment for centuries.
The essential fact is that a dog’s intelligence evolves with age, but this is not the only criterion for how intelligent dog breeds are.

What are the top 10 smartest dogs in the world?

Now, after knowing all this information related to canine intelligence, let’s talk about the most intelligent dogs in the world, according to several specialists:

1- Border collie: 

Border collie 
Border collie

These dogs occupy the forefront in most dog intelligence rankings, these handsome dogs, known as “Scottish Shepherd Dog”, have a very large ability to learn all orders of new exercises in less than five seconds. In addition to its extreme intelligence for this breed of dogs, it has a great ability to control the herd whenever it notices any danger, even if it is not required to do so.

2- Poodle:


Although the appearance of this dog breed does not indicate that they are intelligent, but don’t let appearances fool you, these dogs truly deserve a second place on the list of the most intelligent dogs in 2020. This dog is of German origin, it was used originally for hunting birds.

After that, these intelligent dogs used as grazing sheep participated in theatrical performances and then became a real companion for humans.
This breed of intelligent dogs is unique, combining humor and the ability to teach quickly.

3- German Shepherd:

German Shepherd
German Shepherd

The German Shepherd is one of the most intelligent dogs in the world because it is characterized by its ability to master many complex tasks in addition to engagement and obedience.

All these qualities have made intelligent dogs into police dogs, medical assistance dogs, and therapy dogs. The German Shepherd is also loyal and confident, which makes them perfect for the family because of their quick training ability in all environments.

4- Golden Retriever:

Golden Retriever
Golden Retriever

This breed is a famous dog of Scottish origin, this pet ranks fourth on the list of intelligent dog breeds in the world. This dog is characterized by great agility and extreme obedience and can master all types of training in a short period of time. Americans love these pets because of their loving personality and extreme intelligence.

5- Doberman Pinscher:

doberman pinscher
Doberman pinscher

Because of his extreme intelligence, Doberman Pinscher is one of the most recognized guard dogs in the world. They are known for their great loyalty as well as their obedience and love of family life.
This intelligent dog breed has been used by German tax collectors to protect them on their tours.

After that, they were trained to guard sleeping forces during World War II and commanded soldiers through the forest and warned them in case of danger. Over time, these intelligent dogs were trained to become less aggressive and compatible with family life to protect them.

6- Shetland Sheepdog:

Shetland Sheepdog
Shetland Sheepdog

These dogs are known for their ingenuity in grazing cattle, and they can also be good guard dogs as they bark a lot when they notice strangers approaching their area. This intelligent dog breed is characterized by agility and obedience to its trainer.
A clear indication of the intelligence of these dogs is their ability to play volleyball and master many other skills.

7- Labrador Retriever:

Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retriever

One of the most popular dog breeds in the United States for 27 years. These dogs have physical characteristics that help them perform many tasks: their thick coat can swim in cold water in addition to their formidable hunting and healing abilities and training assistance dogs.
This breed of intelligent dogs also excels at high jumping, all these traits make the Labrador Retriever an intelligent dog by excellence.

8- Papillon:


As you may have noticed, this is the first toy breed that ranks among the nine smartest dogs.

Its name is derived from a French word meaning butterfly in allusion to their long ears. They are small and elegant dogs and are also very active and athletic, where many dog trainers confirm that this breed has a great ability to master all commands in a very short time.

9- Rottweiler:


Although it is a brave and very strong dog with a difficult temperament and needs a lot of training, it remains one of the most intelligent dog breeds in the world. These dogs are often fun and enjoy playing despite their large size.
These ancient Roman dogs had occupied many professions for many generations, they were cattle breeders, cart pullers, hunters …
Due to their extreme intelligence, these dogs were used in indicative missions and are still used in some search and rescue missions in several countries.

After knowing the nine most intelligent dogs in the world, we will provide you a list with a group of other intelligent dog breeds:

Another list of the most intelligent dog breeds:

10- Australian cattle dog

11- Pembroke Welsh Corgi

12- Miniature Schnauzer

13- English Springer Spaniel

14- Belgian Shepherd Dog (Tervuren)

15- Schipperke

16- Belgian Sheepdog

17- Keeshond

18- German Shorthaired Pointer

19- Flat-Coated Retriever

If you want to know how smart your dog is, try these commands in this article. If your dog masters them in a short period of time, your dog is undoubtedly intelligent.