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 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
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.