Best Dog Breeds for Intelligence

The AKC describes the border collie as a 'remarkably bright workaholic' that is energetic and happiest when it has a job to do. 

First bred in Germany as duck-hunting dogs and water retrievers, these are versatile, performance-oriented dogs that crave attention and love to show off. 

German shepherd dogs are loyal and loving, form tight and protective bonds with their families, and can be reserved toward strangers.  

Golden retrievers may not be the most intelligent dog on the list, but they top the list of smart dogs who make great family pets, according to Fratt. 

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Bred to be personal protection dogs, Doberman pinschers don't like to get too far from their people.  

The collie's miniaturized cousin, the Shetland sheepdog, also referred to as the Sheltie, is described by the AKC as 'bright and eager' and 'easy trainers. 

Labrador retrievers are consistently one of the most popular breeds in the U.S., according to AKC. Labs are friendly to a fault, which makes them not ideal for guarding 

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