18 Dog Breeds Ranked by How Smart They Are  

1. Border collie According to The intellect of Dogs, which rates 131 dog breeds by intellect, the border collie is the smartest.  

It's more than "book smart." Border collies are descendants of European herding dogs that lived along England, Scotland, and Wales' rugged borders.   

2. Poodle Poodles are German water retrievers, not French.  

Since curly hair doesn't style itself, it's considered high-maintenance. Don't assume that makes them less smart.   

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3. German shepherd Coren ranks German shepherds as the second most intelligent herding dogs  

The breed was selected for its intelligence attention, desire and ability to be obedient, and protectiveness of its “pack” members.  

4. Golden retriever Canine intelligence goes beyond brainpower. Golden retrievers are No. 4 because they follow their masters' orders.   

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