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SaintLouieWoman
09-30-2011, 10:06 PM
Smart dogs (http://http://www.everydayhealth.com/pet-health/smartest-dog-breeds.aspx?xid=nl_EverydayHealthWomensHealth_2011 0915)



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10 Smart Dog Breeds
If you’re looking for a smart, healthy dog, this list of 10 breeds that are considered intelligent dogs might help:

Border collies. They have been bred as sheep herders and have a lot of energy. They need plenty of exercise (http://www.everydayhealth.com/pet-health/ten-dog-exercises.aspx) and open space to run.
Doberman pinschers. These guard dogs are obedient and will watch over you, but they need regular exercise.
Australian cattle dogs. They’ve been bred to herd cattle and are very smart. But they need lots of exercise and something to do, such as agility training.
German shepherds. They’re loving guard dogs that like children, but they need regular physical activity.
Golden retrievers. They’re used as hunting dogs and help with search and rescue missions. They’re also friendly and love to please their owners, although they need plenty of exercise.
Labrador retrievers. These hunting dogs work big jobs. They’re used as guide dogs for the blind, narcotic detection dogs with police departments, and in search and rescue teams. They’re highly trainable and have good tempers.
Rottweilers. These obedient dogs work as herders, therapy dogs, and police dogs. They’re loving to their owners but tend to protect their homes and can be difficult with strangers. Experts recommend socializing these dogs and getting obedience training. Rottweilers also need to exercise every day.
Poodles. They’re beautiful, smart, and active. Poodles do well in any size home, but need to be active every day.
Shetland sheepdogs. Also called shelties, these herding dogs are very compliant and devoted to their owners. They can be shy with strangers and may try to herd people. They do best on a farm, but can also do well in homes if they get enough exercise.
Papillons. These small dogs do well in any size home and they’re considered happy and alert.
But having a healthy pet (http://www.everydayhealth.com/pet-health.aspx) is about more than the dog’s intelligence. If you want a happy, healthy dog, it’s best to choose one with the right energy level for your lifestyle, Beaver says. “If you come home from work and stay in your apartment, you need a dog without a lot of energy,” she says. If you live on a farm, on the other hand, a high-energy dog will have plenty of activities to keep it busy.

Novaheart
09-30-2011, 10:16 PM
it’s best to choose one with the right energy level for your lifestyle, Beaver says.

My Rottie was happy to sit on the couch and cuddle, or happy to walk for hours. She would play fetch the tennis ball for about ten rounds, and then eat the tennis ball.

She was the best dog I have ever had, amazing when you consider she had been a neglected guard dog, left alone in a warehouse for days at a time. She never got over the obsession with food, but she obeyed the rule about not stealing it from your hand or the table. The kitchen counter was fair game if you left her alone, though. She was great and gentle with small dogs and children, but held her own in the big dog park.

I would love to adopt another Rottie, but can't imagine finding another as sweet and fiercely loyal.

newshutr
09-30-2011, 10:30 PM
This is our baby... Zee, an Australian Cattle Dog.. A Shelter dog. All they'd tell us is that she had "owner problems.."

Smart as a whip. And makes sure before she goes up with us to bed, that our two boys are in their rooms by checking the rooms out.

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Starbuck
10-01-2011, 12:11 AM
We loved Nicholson, our Shih Tzu, but smart, he wasn't. Lovable, sensitive, even brave up to a point.

Actually, he was smart for a Shih Tzu, but Shih Tzu's nearly always end near the bottom of the IQ totem pole.

djones520
10-01-2011, 06:21 AM
My dog is a mix of two on that list. Dumbest I've ever owned.

Tipsycatlover
10-01-2011, 10:15 AM
The dumbest, stupidest dog has to be the Afghan Hound. Not a brain in their entire bodies.

SaintLouieWoman
10-01-2011, 11:53 AM
The dumbest, stupidest dog has to be the Afghan Hound. Not a brain in their entire bodies.
But they're pretty. :D

Irish setters aren't known for their brains, either.

Had Norwegian elkhounds and they were smart, but stubborn. The schnauzers I had a long time ago were also clever little dogs, but also stubborn. The greyhounds are very gentle, loving dogs, that seem to be very attuned to their owners. They have to be smart to run their own races, figuring out angles in the race with no mini jockeys guiding them. :p

Starbuck
10-01-2011, 11:58 AM
.........Irish setters aren't known for their brains, either.........

THAT'S NOT TRUE! My ancestors came from Ireland and they were plenty smart!...............OH. Setters. I thought she said settlers.:o

Constitutionally Speaking
10-01-2011, 12:47 PM
We loved Nicholson, our Shih Tzu, but smart, he wasn't. Lovable, sensitive, even brave up to a point.

Actually, he was smart for a Shih Tzu, but Shih Tzu's nearly always end near the bottom of the IQ totem pole.


I had one who stole my heart but no one would confuse him with a smart animal. My Labs have always been pretty smart, but the smartest dog I have ever owned was a Belgian Shepherd.

Tipsycatlover
10-01-2011, 12:51 PM
I have a poodle who is highly intelligent. More intelligent than most children I've run into. She is a little girl in a fur coat.

MountainMan
10-01-2011, 01:00 PM
Our current lab is still missing his brain. We were told not to expect one to grow for at least three years.....Oh how time crawls....

I thought Jack Russell Terriers were suppose to be at the top of the brains list?

djones520
10-01-2011, 01:02 PM
Our current lab is still missing his brain. We were told not to expect one to grow for at least three years.....Oh how time crawls....

I thought Jack Russell Terriers were suppose to be at the top of the brains list?

I was hoping our border collie/german shephard mix would grow out of the "Dumb puppy" stage. She's 3 now, and no such luck yet.

Starbuck
10-02-2011, 01:20 AM
I had one who stole my heart but no one would confuse him with a smart animal. My Labs have always been pretty smart, but the smartest dog I have ever owned was a Belgian Shepherd.

They're funny dogs, sometimes. Nicholson would bring the ball back ONCE! You throw it again, you can just go get it yourself......................Stoopid people....:)

Constitutionally Speaking
10-02-2011, 07:09 AM
They're funny dogs, sometimes. Nicholson would bring the ball back ONCE! You throw it again, you can just go get it yourself......................Stoopid people....:)

Fitz (short for Fitzpatrick - don't ask I didn't name him) was incredibly odd, but incredibly smart.

He'd take a 5 gallon pail (like the ones you see at Lowe's full of paint) and push it in front of himself at FULL speed to entertain himself. It was hilarious watching this dog running at full speed with a 5 gallon pail inches from his nose. He also used to "hike" big rocks between his legs like the center on a football team does. You could train him to do the most complicated things in just two or three tries.

Arroyo_Doble
10-03-2011, 11:11 AM
I had one who stole my heart but no one would confuse him with a smart animal. My Labs have always been pretty smart, but the smartest dog I have ever owned was a Belgian Shepherd.

We have two Belgian Malinois. I agree. The dogs are very smart.

marv
10-03-2011, 11:40 AM
We have a Golden Retriever and a Golden Retriever/Chow mix. And there's a difference between being intelligent, and being clever! We've learned that.........


http://members.socket.net/~mcruzan/images/Dink_and_Max.jpg

noonwitch
10-03-2011, 01:49 PM
We had a poodle when I was a kid. Nice dog who lived a long time, but dumber than dirt.


I had a brain-damaged dog from the K-Zoo shelter. She was a sweetheart, mostly, but she was even dumber than the poodle. She was a total mixed breed, looked kind of like a huge scottie terrier with bouvier hair.

Norgies are smart, they just aren't a common breed. Katie is smart.

Articulate_Ape
10-03-2011, 02:03 PM
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