All dogs are capable of making people fall in love with them with just a tender gaze. However, the most intelligent dog breeds can do much more than just fetch a ball or bring their owners a shoe.
In fact, many dogs even have professions. Some are police dogs, actors, circus dogs, guide dogs, and therapist dogs. It’s not by chance that certain breeds are preferred for certain jobs. It’s due to their ability to learn and respond to each command. With that being said, you can find out how to rank the abilities of the world’s most intelligent dog breeds.
How to rank canine intelligence?
Whenever you want to rank something, setting parameters are a must because that’s the only way to compare test results. The main dog intelligence rankings are based on the work of Stanley Coren. Coren developed a survey to evaluate the obedience and work abilities of more than 130 dog breeds.
With the help of nearly 230 U.S. obedience testing specialists, Coren summarized the survey results on a table. That’s how he identified and characterized the most intelligent dog breeds.
His best-selling book, “The Intelligence of Dogs” show these studies. Coren organized the top 80 best ranking dog breeds into 6 large groups. The criterion was: “How many times do you have to give them a command until they can do it automatically?”
Which ones are the most intelligent dog breeds?
It’s important to clarify that the ranking is only based on the “obedience and work” criterion.
As if its black-and-white beauty isn’t enough, the Border Collie also ranks number one in intelligence.
German Shepherd (or German Sheepdog)
Internationally, they’re known as “police dogs”. The German Shepherd is one of the most affectionate and intelligent breeds worldwide. Their physical endurance, imposing demeanor, and loyalty have made it possible for this breed to work alongside the armed forces.
This breed, originating from Scotland, was never popular in the rest of the world. In fact, few people have ever heard about this breed. However, it has a very high intelligence score. The Shetland Sheepdog’s temperament also makes it an excellent guard dog or companion dog.