Skip to comments.Top 10 Smartest And Dumbest Dog Breeds
Posted on 10/16/2009 3:33:52 PM PDT by Lorianne
The CBS "Early Show" ran a story about dogs and their intelligence, or lack thereof. In the story, they shared their list of the top 10 smartest and top 10 dumbest dog breeds. These were their picks.
I had an Australian Cattle Dog (aka Blue Heeler) She was in my opinion the smartest dog in the world. I learned one very important thing from her, never get a dog that is smarter than you are!
My dachshund is the most cunning dog I’ve ever owned. He not one to do elaborate tricks like other dogs I’ve had, but that’s because he’s clever enough to know he doesn’t have to. Just like he’s clever enough to know that if his little legs get tired, and he refuses to walk, I’ll have to carry him.
Why did you stop?
Could the answer be frustrated?
Only for the first two years or so. They are lovers, clowns, athletes, energetic, empathetic and hard to groom. My current guy's grandmother was named Super Noodle...that about sums it up.
Of course the smartest dog is the Border Collie. We had one that even outsmarted us!
I have had three wonderful dachshunds in my life and my Maxwell is now eleven. I will never own another breed, because once you understand and have lived a total of 26 years with dachshunds, you realize you have earned a doctorate degree in dogs, there is nothing else to accomplish. LOL!
We all loved our Blue Heeler, Monty, so much. We’ve been thinking of getting another but it’s too soon for me. I used to love watching him “work” our outdoor barbeques. Herding the guests’ children into two or three different groups.:)
Thats what my father always said....maybe we are related...that would not be good news for you :O)
Intelligence is measured in more than one way. There is more than one type.
My English Mastiff is the smartest dog. He knows when my wife gets up he can climb on the bed to sleep with me. He knows how to wake me but not her when he has to go out. If I am not home he waits. He won’t disturb her.
He knows who should and shouldn’t be in the house.
What he isn’t is active. He won’t fetch a paper,slippers, or run an obstacle course. But, neither will I.
No Border Collies on the smartest list. The list is bogus. But then that is if you consider the Border Collie to be a dog in the intelligence sense of the word. An argument could be made that they transcend dogdom in that area.
Oops my mistake I didn’t push the last button, i.e I missed the Border Collie at number one. Carry on
I've got one. He's smart, but not very scary. He isn't quite full grown, and we don't do dog sports. Instead, he has a slightly older Australian Shepherd as a workout buddy. A few hours each day running
around our one acre, wrestling, jumping over things, and playing 'bitey face', and add in some help from our pound mutt, and he's ready for his nap!
While still VERY young:
Gotta be careful who you piss off!
I’m surprised that English Springers didn’t make the smart list. We have an ESS and a Sheltie, and accepting for variations in individual dogs our Springer is way smarter than our Sheltie who came in at No. 6.
I’ve had a lot of dogs in my life, but I’ve never had one as sharp as my Sheltie.
I’m not so sure. Friends of mine have an Irish Setter tricks you into thinking that she’s as dumb as a post. She has no issue operating doorhandles, opening the refigerator and is a supreme escape artist.
Did the picture turn out? I tried to read the directions and post it for you.
Your Border Collie wouldn’t have made that mistake. :)
There are exceptions in every breed. I've known a couple of calm BCs . . . one was an agility champion, but his owner was a professional handler and looked all over the country to find him. He was a "switch" dog - calm as could be until you went to the line.
But you have to be pretty smart to fool everybody into thinking you're dumb . . . .
I’ve got two “nut-jobs” myself. Knoow what you mean.
Best dogs in the world are German Shepherds.
My kelpie is smarter than any German Shepherd.
Jack (or Jac-Jac, as my granddaughter calls him) is like that. When he goes, he GOES. But when you come inside, he curls up next to or on top of your feet, and is as happy as can be - provided he is close to his people. Our vet, a dog sports fan, claims she has never seen such a relaxed Border Collie.
Our previous Border Collie was also like that. They both came from working lines, and that may have something to do with it - a hyperactive sheep dog dies shortly after harassing the sheep...
BTW - the pound mutt is an awesome guard dog. Extremely gentle, but very alert.
In his own way, he’s every bit as smart as the Border Collie. He figures it is HIS job to alert, and MY job to get a gun and investigate!
I guess they figure they'll retrieve the body afterwards.
He was a monumentally dumb dog.
Lost at the end of his leash.
I have 3 basset hounds. And, if you look at life from their point of view, they are pretty darn smart. They get EVERYONE to feed them, including a couple of neighbors. It seems everyone in our neighborhood walks by to say hi to the silly hounds, so they get a lot of attention. And soft, warm beds.
I have an border collie aussie shepard mix. Intellegent and fun dog
Our shnauser was dumber than a box of rocks.
OUr yorkie was another people, except brighter than most.
Our standard cockerspanials ...this was forty years ago, were so intelligent they were known in the county.
In all honesty, the pound mutt may be the smartest of the three. He is mostly untrainable, but very smart. He has ZERO desire to obey, but genuinely is ‘scary’ smart.
Don’t know if it is the Lab, or GSD, or luck (?) - my wife sometimes worries that he may actually BE a human reincarnated, although she doesn’t believe in reincarnation.
But a guard dog who alerts and doesn’t attack is a dog you can trust with kids. And isn’t it a delight to talk about our dogs!
Lol...Bassetts are so cute. Look at my home page. I have the “real” ones. Not house pets but so awesome.
My two little ones drive me insane. One thinks the house is a toilet. I want to throttle her at times.
I love them all. My little Snickers has an issue getting under the blankets when he is cold. He pats my forehead until I wake up and lift the blankets for him.
My sister has a dog as dumb as rocks - 100 lbs of love, unadulterated by intelligence. But he is still such a delight to be around!
Border collies ...
Our dear departed BC mix seemed to read our minds.
Now we have a blue heeler who seems in the same league.
Her only fault is that she regards cats as vermin to be eliminated.
Golden’s are 4th smartest, what happened to Rumdum?
That looks like a sweet dog....One of the reasons to love a poodle is they don't shed........but hers are good hunters, they bring back all kinds of killed things and drop them in the garage...That's where all her cats drop their kills also..
The live in the woods.....and the critters have lots of room to roam...
Should have said the picture in my account only showed 1/2 of the dogs head......
He is the sweetest, and spoiled rotten. The minatures were used to hunt for truffles. He roots around in the grass all the time. Always has dirt on his nose. And has a nose for the birds too.
I have a female basset that swears my bathroom rugs are a toilet. I have tried to retrain her to pads, it is a work in progress. I think sometimes she does it out of spite.
And I have a male basset that loves being under the covers. He is older and has always been a bit skinnier.
Finally, the biggest of the 3 is the biggest baby. He would die for your little ones. Roll over and let them chew on him. The only fear I have when he is around really small dogs is he forgets he is HUGE.
They're an endless source of amusement.
That was when she was 10 months old . . . "Hi! I'm havin' a ball! Wanta bite?"
I had two red heelers years ago that would eat any cat that got near their territory. Scary. But, I grew up on a ranch with heelers and farm cats, and they never mixed it up. Something about those two.
She IS a cutie!
No way... I roll over on my little pups and they know to move!!!
I worried a few years ago, they are now in our program. We roll, you move... They do.
My priest is a big dog lover. Has three labs of his own.
Rudy sometimes forgot that he was HUGE in comparison to my little Lab. They would roughhouse together on the sidelines of the ring -- they would leap up and bump chests, and of course Rudy knocked Shelley sprawling, and she would just pick herself up and wade back in again.
The only time she ever seemed nonplussed was when Rudy somehow accidentally got her entire head inside his mouth . . . she gave this little < yelp! > and froze -- Rudy spit her out and said, "Gee, sorry!" and they kept right on playing.
He was pretty funny as an agility dog, as he was too big for the equipment. Occasionally he had to be pried out of a tunnel, but thank goodness he never fell off the dog walk, he could have gotten hurt.
Very nice temperament, but kind of nervous Nellie's.
When she was a small pup she had limited opportunities to get in trouble.
LOL! I just got home from work (wife is at a “quilting retreat”) and had to clean up the remains of TWO phone books from my 6 month old male lab. LMAO!
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