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  1. Chelsea
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    The people commenting on this list need a reality check. Your dog may be smart to you but this list is talking about how intelligent breeds are on average based on statistics and studies. The AKC concurs with this list, so if your particular dog breed isn’t on this list it isn’t because the author is biased toward your breed. This is based on working intelligence, meaning how well a breed of dog responds to commands and how fast they learn new commands. These dog breeds surpass other dog breeds in terms of learning commands quicker and the complexity of the commands they learn. Of course, a dog in another breed can be as smart as an average dog in these breeds if you’re a good trainer and work with them. This list is on baseline intelligence. If you don’t work with your dog even a Border Collie, the smartest breed in the world, will have problems. The people who are saying a Pitbull should be on the list. Sorry, but Pitbulls in general only score about average in intelligence. That doesn’t mean they aren’t a sweet, good dog. It just means they aren’t on the same level as some of the breeds of superior intelligence when it comes to working ability and training.

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    1. Reidweaver
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      Sorry, but that is incorrect of the top 10 Superdog challenges, the pit bull has won more than any breed. As an owner of a pitbull rescue and a previous dog breeder of other breeds, I have been incredibly surprised at the intelligence and sweetness of this incredibly misunderstood dog. It often only takes several repetitions to teach our dog skills and she does them all for the reward of a treat. Do not sell short the wonderful attributes of this breed. The real reason why they are not often on these lists is because the politically correct AKC refuses to acknowledge them. Their loss.

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  2. Dave
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    We have a golden retriever – can’t ask for a nicer dog – but not very bright. It can be -30 outside, and instead of sleeping on his heated pad in the dog house, he’ll lay in a clump of bushes and get covered with snow – then stand there shivering and soaking wet ! Doesn’t make much sense to me……..

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  3. Alfred
    Alfred at |

    I have another one for you, The Airedale Terrier – http://youtu.be/NVAdzDh0LW8

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  4. Mike
    Mike at |

    @ Lisa..if shepherds are the only dogs that can think, how can my 9 week old Rottie rationalize?

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  5. Mike
    Mike at |

    If Huskies hard to train, it’s because of lack of brain capabilities, don’t you think?..I have a German Rottie and that my friend is a smart dog. I got her at 8 weeks and she learned how to sit and stay in one day. On day 2 she knew exactly where I kept her food bowls. On day 3 she knew to go potty, knew her name on day 4 and she knew what I meant when I said chow time. I believe that a dogs pedigree is directly related to their abilities.

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  6. doglover
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    The text with the article about poodles says at the bottom that they weigh “up to 8 lbs”. I’m guessing that’s a typo, because we have two of the large Standard size poodles, and they weigh about 60 lbs each. And yes, they are both amazingly brilliant. I’ve seen them figure out how to do things that some kids wouldn’t be able to figure out. One of them ran over to a rope swing hanging from a tree in the back yard and started to pull on it really hard last week. I realized she was trying to knock a squirrel out of the tree. The other dog did something hilarious and smart last year. Dog #1 had both dog’s bones and was hoarding both of them. Dog #2 was sick of watching other dog chew on both bones, so he went to the back door and rang the bells on the door knob that signal me to let him out to go potty. Both dogs ran to the door, as usual. Dog #1 stood back and let Dog #2 run outside, and then Dog #1 ran back into the den and picked up both bones, and he was obviously so excited about the trick he’d just played on the other dog. We keep them clipped short and just let some hair grow on their ears, so they basically look sporty, not foufou. My husband didn’t want poodles. I talked him into it, and he grumbled about it for weeks until I brought the first puppy home. That puppy never once had a potty accident in the house, was housebroken so fast, and it now knows so many commands and tricks that we could probably sell tickets. You can teach a poodle a command or a trick soo fast. My husband is crazy about both of our poodles. They’re also REALLY athletic and fast. They can run and catch frisbees and balls and will bring them back to you better than most people 🙂

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  7. YOU ARE ALL STUPID
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    you are all horribly stupid , the fact that you are referring to how clever your personal dogs are to the other dogs on the list makes you stupid .This list is about how clever the dogs are overall in training ,there brain development ,how much they use there brain and what they can do , not as 1 dog but if all of a certain dog breed can do so or get high marks then yes it is smarter than a dog that u can tell to chase its tail or close a door . ppl please thing logical you sound like children !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. yokesh
    yokesh at |

    rotties are only the smater dogs.i even got one at my home.they r on ly the smatest

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  9. MimiChiara
    MimiChiara at |

    Sorry, my computer “bugged” (hum, that’s what we say in french…) And “Rotties are the best”, by the way, I sooooo agree with you… Rotties are great, clever dogs. They don’t bite as much a Labs or other dogs. In France, the dogs which bite the most are Labs, german shepherds, chihuahuas, and many other small dog breeds you usually trust “because they have a small mouth…”

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  10. MimiChiara
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    And “Rotties are the best”, by the way, I sooooo agree with you… Rotties

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  11. MimiChiara
    MimiChiara at |

    Hi. Maybe it’s not the same in the US as in France, but, as much as I’ve read, I don’t agree with this list. Okay, many of these dogs are about the smartest breeds. But WHERE is the belgian shepherd ?? Smarter, easier to train, with much more “using of its brain” (sorry, I don’t know how to say that either way), it should be in the place of the german shepherd… Or of the Poodle… I agree with the rest of the list, except for the poodle and the Papillon… I mean, come on, these dogs aren’t smart ! They’re just good to sit and lick your face, or stay still while you swagger… To me, smart dogs are useful, working dogs… So I’m okay with the rest of the list, although I don’t agree with one thing, which is that I think, like other people, that the Husky should be there too… And, once again, the belgian shepherd “Malinois” (I’m sorry, that’s the name in french, I don’t know the english name…), which should be first or 2nd in the list… Than you for reading me.

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    1. Dominique
      Dominique at |

      Huskies are one of the lowest on intelligence and loyalty, they are not good for anything, sorry but that’s how it is, it should be banned to breed them so they die out humanely.

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  12. Hayley
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    Wrong!!! The Rat Terrier is the smartest of them all! You need to do more research when compiling these lists. I am so tired of Ratties not getting the respect and recognition they deserve. Ratties are tue most intellugent and the best companion. Everyone who has ever owned one says this. And i have had many different breeds to compare them to. They are also the easiest dogs to train.

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  13. Chris C
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    Owned a lot of dogs. The smartest has been our rat terrier. Not only learn a ‘trick’ in 10 min. but all the other dogs – you let them out a door and they’d bark at the door to be let back in, the rat terrier would circle the house and bark at the window he knew you were sitting under watching T.V.

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