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Top 10 Smartest And Dumbest Dog Breeds
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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.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: canines; dogs; dumb; pets; topten
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To: goat granny

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!


51 posted on 10/16/2009 4:34:01 PM PDT by Docbarleypop (navy doc)
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To: Yardstick

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.


52 posted on 10/16/2009 4:36:46 PM PDT by Welsh Rabbit
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To: Yardstick

Why did you stop?


53 posted on 10/16/2009 4:36:47 PM PDT by 1raider1
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To: goat granny

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.

54 posted on 10/16/2009 4:39:52 PM PDT by norge (The amiable dunce is back, wearing a skirt and high heels.)
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To: Lorianne

Of course the smartest dog is the Border Collie. We had one that even outsmarted us!


55 posted on 10/16/2009 4:42:04 PM PDT by Cricket24
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To: Lorianne

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAo0MJbsC_g


56 posted on 10/16/2009 4:42:29 PM PDT by kempo
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To: Welsh Rabbit

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!


57 posted on 10/16/2009 4:44:08 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: Docbarleypop

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.:)


58 posted on 10/16/2009 4:44:46 PM PDT by constitutiongirl ("Duty is ours. Consequences are God's."- General Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson)
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To: Docbarleypop
**, never get a dog that is smarter than you are!***

Thats what my father always said....maybe we are related...that would not be good news for you :O)

59 posted on 10/16/2009 4:46:09 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Lorianne

How silly.
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.


60 posted on 10/16/2009 4:50:37 PM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: Lorianne

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.


61 posted on 10/16/2009 4:53:54 PM PDT by redangus
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To: redangus

Oops my mistake I didn’t push the last button, i.e I missed the Border Collie at number one. Carry on


62 posted on 10/16/2009 4:56:34 PM PDT by redangus
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To: AnAmericanMother
"Border Collies are scary smart (to the extent that you DON'T want one if you're not an experienced dog owner and dedicated to LOTS of active dog sports)..."

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!


63 posted on 10/16/2009 4:56:36 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (I loathe the ground he slithers on!)
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To: Lorianne

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.


64 posted on 10/16/2009 4:59:04 PM PDT by redangus
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To: Lorianne

I’ve had a lot of dogs in my life, but I’ve never had one as sharp as my Sheltie.


65 posted on 10/16/2009 5:07:43 PM PDT by Doohickey (I try to take my days one at a time, but occasionally several days attack me at once.)
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To: goat granny
Parti-Poodle Max
66 posted on 10/16/2009 5:14:11 PM PDT by KYGrandma (The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home......)
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To: AnAmericanMother

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.


67 posted on 10/16/2009 5:14:52 PM PDT by Doohickey (I try to take my days one at a time, but occasionally several days attack me at once.)
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To: goat granny

Did the picture turn out? I tried to read the directions and post it for you.


68 posted on 10/16/2009 5:18:10 PM PDT by KYGrandma (The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home......)
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To: Doogle

LOL


69 posted on 10/16/2009 5:19:12 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (dimocRATS, the party of taxes and death. Is this what you want?)
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To: redangus

Your Border Collie wouldn’t have made that mistake. :)


70 posted on 10/16/2009 5:20:13 PM PDT by Doohickey (I try to take my days one at a time, but occasionally several days attack me at once.)
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To: Mr Rogers
Heh heh. Looks like your pound mutt is part German Shepherd and part Lab. And all attitude.

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.

71 posted on 10/16/2009 5:21:13 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: Doohickey
Like I said, there are always exceptions.

But you have to be pretty smart to fool everybody into thinking you're dumb . . . .

72 posted on 10/16/2009 5:21:59 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: AnAmericanMother

I’ve got two “nut-jobs” myself. Knoow what you mean.


73 posted on 10/16/2009 5:23:31 PM PDT by scoobysnak71 (Just a National Security Threat, trying to get a nut.)
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To: oneolcop

Best dogs in the world are German Shepherds.


74 posted on 10/16/2009 5:23:48 PM PDT by chrisinoc
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To: Lorianne

My kelpie is smarter than any German Shepherd.


75 posted on 10/16/2009 5:24:33 PM PDT by sand lake bar (Obama: Take away my 1st Amendment and you'll force me to use the 2nd.)
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To: AnAmericanMother

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...


76 posted on 10/16/2009 5:24:47 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (I loathe the ground he slithers on!)
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To: AnAmericanMother

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!


77 posted on 10/16/2009 5:26:43 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (I loathe the ground he slithers on!)
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To: Mr Rogers
My girls are good watchdogs, but they agree -- it's MY job to haul out the shotgun and go check.

I guess they figure they'll retrieve the body afterwards.

78 posted on 10/16/2009 5:31:37 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: AnAmericanMother

He was a monumentally dumb dog.

Lost at the end of his leash.


79 posted on 10/16/2009 5:32:31 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Angry about where our country is going with the current regime at the helm.)
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To: diverteach

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.


80 posted on 10/16/2009 5:33:57 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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To: Mr Rogers

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.


81 posted on 10/16/2009 5:36:17 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Angry about where our country is going with the current regime at the helm.)
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To: AnAmericanMother

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!


82 posted on 10/16/2009 5:37:39 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (I loathe the ground he slithers on!)
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To: ican'tbelieveit

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.


83 posted on 10/16/2009 5:38:10 PM PDT by Shyla
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To: Chickensoup

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!


84 posted on 10/16/2009 5:39:01 PM PDT by Mr Rogers (I loathe the ground he slithers on!)
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To: Churchillspirit

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.


85 posted on 10/16/2009 5:40:12 PM PDT by Cloverfarm (Where are we going, and why are we in a hand-basket?)
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To: Cailleach

Golden’s are 4th smartest, what happened to Rumdum?


86 posted on 10/16/2009 5:44:55 PM PDT by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: Mr Rogers
Not the best guard dog, but she is a beaut.

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87 posted on 10/16/2009 5:45:27 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: KYGrandma
Great picture, shows all the colors, the one in my account showed only 1/2 the dog, thanks for sending. I will have to show my daughter, she has a blue (which is also her name) as her skin in blue under the black hair...and she had a blond, the blond is at the high end of size for a standard and blue is at the low size for a standard poodle..

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...

88 posted on 10/16/2009 5:53:58 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: goat granny; KYGrandma

Should have said the picture in my account only showed 1/2 of the dogs head......


89 posted on 10/16/2009 5:56:28 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: goat granny

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.


90 posted on 10/16/2009 5:57:42 PM PDT by KYGrandma (The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home......)
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To: Shyla

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.


91 posted on 10/16/2009 6:00:17 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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To: Mr Rogers
OH, yeah. Love to talk about the doggies.

They're an endless source of amusement.

That was when she was 10 months old . . . "Hi! I'm havin' a ball! Wanta bite?"

92 posted on 10/16/2009 6:02:21 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: Cloverfarm

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.


93 posted on 10/16/2009 6:02:26 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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To: mware
OH, there's that darling Yellow Lab again!

She IS a cutie!

94 posted on 10/16/2009 6:03:21 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: ican'tbelieveit

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.


95 posted on 10/16/2009 6:05:22 PM PDT by Shyla
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To: AnAmericanMother
She was a good pup during the pet blessings.

My priest is a big dog lover. Has three labs of his own.

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96 posted on 10/16/2009 6:06:41 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: ican'tbelieveit
My Chocolate Lab (who's undersized - around 43 pounds) used to have a good buddy at Agility trials -- a very large male Bernese Mountain Dog named Rudy.

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.


97 posted on 10/16/2009 6:08:07 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: mware
The greyhounds in the background were adopted after their racing days were done.

Very nice temperament, but kind of nervous Nellie's.

98 posted on 10/16/2009 6:09:04 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: mware
My juvenile delinquent would try to drink the holy water, now that she's tall enough to reach.

When she was a small pup she had limited opportunities to get in trouble.


99 posted on 10/16/2009 6:09:59 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: AnAmericanMother

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!


100 posted on 10/16/2009 6:10:17 PM PDT by scoobysnak71 (Just a National Security Threat, trying to get a nut.)
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