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Top 10 Smartest and Dumbest Dog Breeds
CBS4.com ^ | 4/7/08

Posted on 04/28/2008 1:05:46 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks

The CBS "Early Show" ran a story this week 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.

#10 Dumbest: The Basset Hound may be so sad-eyed because it was ranked the tenth least intelligent dog breed.

2 of 20 : #10 Smartest: The immensely trainable Australian Cattle Dog was called the tenth smartest breed.

3 of 20 : #9 Dumbest: Don't tell the Westminster Kennel Club, but Uno, the beagle who won their 131st annual dog show, belongs to the ninth least intelligent dog breed.

4 of 20 : #9 Smartest: The Rottweiler was called the ninth smartest breed. This one looks a tad surprised by the ranking.

5 of 20 : #8 Dumbest: This Mastiff hangs its head in shame over being ranked the eighth least intelligent dog breed.

6 of 20 : #8 Smartest: The Papillon, ranked eighth smartest, floats like a butterfly and knows its ABC's.

7 of 20 : #7 Dumbest: The Pekingese is more famous for its "dustmop" look when groomed correctly. This one must be getting a haircut to avoid being associated with the seventh stupidest dog breed.

8 of 20 : #7 Smartest: The most popular dog breed in the nation is also the seventh smartest: the Labrador Retriever.

9 of 20 : #6 Dumbest: We know the Bloodhound has a brain somewhere beneath all those lovable wrinkles, but the "Early Show" rankings had them pulling sixth among the dumbest breeds.

10 of 20 : #6 Smartest: The Shetland Sheepdog's agility, as shown here, helped it rank sixth smartest.

11 of 20 : #5 Dumbest: Borzois are considered the fifth least intelligent dogs.

12 of 20 : #5 Smartest: The Doberman Pinscher's intelligence is on full display here on a rescue mission.

13 of 20 : #4 Dumbest: This Chow Chow can live with being considered the fourth least intelligent breed, so long as you keep its hair nice and fluffy.

14 of 20 : #4 Smartest: Golden Retrievers were fourth on the list of smart dogs.

15 of 20 : #3 Dumbest: The Bulldog was rated the third stupidest dog breed.

16 of 20 : #3 Smartest: Loyal workhorses, the German Shepherds were ranked as the third smartest breed.

17 of 20 : #2 Dumbest: The Basenji is considered the second least intelligent dog breed, but hey, it could be worse.

18 of 20 : #2 Smartest: Love 'em or hate 'em, Poodles were ranked as the second smartest dog breed out there.

19 of 20 : #1 Dumbest: Stylish and mysteriously ancient, the Afghan Hound nonetheless merits the dubious honor of being ranked the single least intelligent dog breed.

20 of 20 : #1 Smartest: The Border Collie was ranked the single smartest dog breed. Do you think this one looks just a little bit proud of it?


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: doggieping; dogs; topten
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I totally question whether a Golden Retriever is smarter than a Labrador Retriever or makes the top 10 list at all.

Video of the program.

http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/i_video/main500251.shtml?id=3998170n?source=search_video

1 posted on 04/28/2008 1:06:12 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: HairOfTheDog; holdonnow

Doggie Ping!


2 posted on 04/28/2008 1:07:39 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (In small-town Pennsylvania, bitter ignorant anti-immigrant rednecks cling to guns & religion...BO)
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To: Clint N. Suhks; Slings and Arrows

Is it just me, or does that Afghan bear an uncanny resemblance to Paris Hilton?


3 posted on 04/28/2008 1:10:20 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (TSA and DHS are jobs programs for people who are not smart enough to flip burgers)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

My mutt has tricked me into feeding him and walking behind him picking up his crap. That makes him slightly smarter than me.


4 posted on 04/28/2008 1:10:27 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Bulldog # 3 stupidest?

Looks like I’ll be having some fun disparaging my UGA friends this evening :)


5 posted on 04/28/2008 1:10:53 PM PDT by bamahead (Avoid self-righteousness like the devil- nothing is so self-blinding. -- B.H. Liddell Hart)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

The chow chow should be the #1 dumbest.


6 posted on 04/28/2008 1:11:31 PM PDT by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
The dobie pictured is scenting over water — a very difficult thing to do successfully. That's not a rescue mission. It's a ‘recovery mission’. We call them ‘cadaver dogs’.
7 posted on 04/28/2008 1:11:42 PM PDT by Tallguy (Tagline is offline till something better comes along...)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
What about weiner dogs?


8 posted on 04/28/2008 1:11:49 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I find this list to be deeply disturbing!!

9 posted on 04/28/2008 1:11:53 PM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I totally concur with the ranking of the Basinji.

Those dogs are DUMBASS dumb.

Some friends had some, and they loved to “go outside”, and would run to the back door whenever you said those words.

They were in the front yard (outside), and the friend said “go outside” to the dogs. They ran in the open front door, ran to the back door, and whined excitedly for someone to open it so they could “go outside”.

One of them died and the other didn’t notice.


10 posted on 04/28/2008 1:11:59 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Squawk 8888
I think I'd need a side by side comparison.
11 posted on 04/28/2008 1:12:23 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (In small-town Pennsylvania, bitter ignorant anti-immigrant rednecks cling to guns & religion...BO)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Yeah, I'd have to agree.....

12 posted on 04/28/2008 1:12:23 PM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
I thought only breeds tha play poker are the smartest?


13 posted on 04/28/2008 1:12:33 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: bamahead
Looks like I’ll be having some fun disparaging my UGA friends this evening :)

Just make sure none of them are Marines...

14 posted on 04/28/2008 1:12:35 PM PDT by Tallguy (Tagline is offline till something better comes along...)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I guess that explains my lab/beagle mix.

He tries oh so hard to copy his grandpa and be a good boy....he really does try....but he is just so retarded.
I love him to death but he is ain’t got a lick of sense.
Retarded fool....Loyal as heck and he will brighten your day instantly. But goofy as all getout.


15 posted on 04/28/2008 1:13:50 PM PDT by envisio (If you ain't laughin yet... you ain't seen me naked. 8^O)
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To: Lizavetta
They are kind of hard to train in my experience.

But they sure are cute tho...

16 posted on 04/28/2008 1:14:58 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (In small-town Pennsylvania, bitter ignorant anti-immigrant rednecks cling to guns & religion...BO)
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To: Squawk 8888

Looks more like Boy George to me.


17 posted on 04/28/2008 1:15:14 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Mossad!)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

We have a Border Collie, very smart!


18 posted on 04/28/2008 1:15:18 PM PDT by The Mayor ("A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps" (Prov. 16:9))
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To: Red Badger

Not guilty, based on heads shots.


19 posted on 04/28/2008 1:15:46 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Huma for co-president!)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Perhaps if they took that sweater off that bulldog he wouldn’t be considered so dumb...


20 posted on 04/28/2008 1:15:49 PM PDT by bobjam
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To: Squawk 8888

Yes, but the dog, while dumbest among breeds, is still more intelligent than Miss Hilton.


21 posted on 04/28/2008 1:15:58 PM PDT by lesser_satan (Vote McCain - The Choice who Sucks Less!)
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To: Clint N. Suhks; AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; apackof2; Joe 6-pack; Shannon; SandRat; ..
I've certainly known exceptions to these rules... I've known a few retrievers who were as dumb as a sack of hair. ;~)

And I also wonder if the test was really set up to fairly evaluate the hounds. They aren't known for being particularly good at things like obedience tests, but they do know their noses and how to follow a track, an equally difficult and useful skill, different part of the brain that has been bred for and developed over the years.

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22 posted on 04/28/2008 1:16:12 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: stevio

>>>>>The chow chow should be the #1 dumbest.<<<<<<<

HEY! Theres a good ole boy over here who resents that and is growling at you right now.

But he is half lab so that offsets it a little.


23 posted on 04/28/2008 1:17:00 PM PDT by envisio (If you ain't laughin yet... you ain't seen me naked. 8^O)
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To: Clint N. Suhks; Squawk 8888

check post #12...........


24 posted on 04/28/2008 1:17:08 PM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Paladin2

I’ve got a Lab that could qualify for “dumbest” dog in the world.......


25 posted on 04/28/2008 1:18:58 PM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Lizavetta
What about weiner dogs?

Put mine on the 10 Stubbornest Breeds list.

-PJ

26 posted on 04/28/2008 1:19:21 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Repeal the 17th amendment -- it's the "Fairness Doctrine" for Congress!)
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To: envisio

Sorry, had an experience with a pure-bred that was worse than a cat. Uh oh, I guess I did it again.


27 posted on 04/28/2008 1:19:36 PM PDT by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: envisio

I have a half chow-chow mix that is very smart. And a Lab that is stupid as a rock........


28 posted on 04/28/2008 1:19:55 PM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
I have to vote for Labbies being at the top in friendliness.

Based on the few I've known, I would have to agree with their assessment of Beagles.

29 posted on 04/28/2008 1:19:57 PM PDT by MarineBrat (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccination that the Church offers.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

My Australian Cattle Dog didn’t get the memo about being smart. Poor girl.


30 posted on 04/28/2008 1:20:13 PM PDT by freepertoo
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To: Political Junkie Too

Threaten him with a ketchup bottle.


31 posted on 04/28/2008 1:20:41 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Red Badger

ya think that dog does it Paris style?


32 posted on 04/28/2008 1:20:53 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Cats rule!

Dogs drool!


33 posted on 04/28/2008 1:21:44 PM PDT by dr.zaeus
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I’m willing to concede that Australian Cattle Dogs and Australian Shepards are at the top of the list. Anybody who has ever worked with these dogs would put them on the top ten list.

And I’m willing to put a bunch of dogs at the bottom.

But Poodles?? Aw, come on! I’d put my westies up again the poodles and Westies surely aren’t in the top ten. (Plus, the whole ‘foo foo’ thing just makes my skin crawl to the point where I don’t even look at poodles as being dogs as much as accessories).

So let me just apologize in advance to all the FR poodle lovers out there. I admit that I am heinously biased. And although I am unapologetic, I’m sure your particular poodle is undeserving of my skepticism. And I’m sure your grandchild is cute as well. (okay, that was just a gratuitious shot but I did mention that I was unrepentent didn’t I?)


34 posted on 04/28/2008 1:21:48 PM PDT by bpjam (Drill For Oil or Lose Your Job!! Vote Nov 3, 2008)
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To: Doogle

Is an Afghan the Paris Hilton of dogs? Or is Paris Hilton the Afghan of celebs?............


35 posted on 04/28/2008 1:22:03 PM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

A friend had a basset. Failed obedience school 3 times. Dumb
Beagles? I’m not sure if it’s dumb or they just refuse to be trained. One track minded, chase rabbits or anything else.

I had a border collie, oh I loved that dog. She could read my mind, do things before being told.
Chokes me up thinking about her.

If you have space for them to run, can keep them busy, it’s the only dog to have.
Have to give them puzzles or something to occupy their sharp mind though. They love a challenge.


36 posted on 04/28/2008 1:22:58 PM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
Austrailian Shepards should be #1 or #2 smartest


37 posted on 04/28/2008 1:23:32 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
#3 Smartest: Loyal workhorses, the German Shepherds were ranked as the third smartest breed.

MOIB ranks German Sheperds as the #1 most intelligent dog ever, not to mention #1 in loyalty.

38 posted on 04/28/2008 1:23:32 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: bpjam

Full size standard poodles are huge!.......

39 posted on 04/28/2008 1:23:49 PM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

After 3 Irish Setters and 2 Standard Poodles, I am shocked, shocked that the Setter didn’t make the bottom 10 dumbest. Does anyone know where the Setter ranks?

BTW, the Poodles are really smart. The Border Collie is smarter but is really weird if you can’t run it a lot.


40 posted on 04/28/2008 1:24:00 PM PDT by VA Voter
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I can attest to the Chows being stupid. had 2 of them at the same time and they almost can’t be trained.

My red doberman was super intelligent. Basic training for him was only 2 weeks.

But poodles? Come on. I’ve seen some really stupid ones.


41 posted on 04/28/2008 1:24:01 PM PDT by subterfuge (Homophobic and proud of it!)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
Border Collie is the smartest?

Reminds me of this Bud Light ad.

42 posted on 04/28/2008 1:24:23 PM PDT by TChad
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I have a Golden Retriever who will be two in June and that boy is the smartest Golden I’ve ever had. Might be the smartest dog I’ve ever had, and I’ve owned four German Sheperds.

So, within a breed, there can be large variance in intelligence.


43 posted on 04/28/2008 1:25:22 PM PDT by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: The Mayor
We have a Border Collie, very smart!

We've always had Chesapeake Retrievers and Mrs Suhks has been hinting around for a lap dog.

A small Border Collie might do the trick.

44 posted on 04/28/2008 1:25:59 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (In small-town Pennsylvania, bitter ignorant anti-immigrant rednecks cling to guns & religion...BO)
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To: Clint N. Suhks; cyborg
Our miniature poodle Scoobie* is smart enough to play dumb when he wants to be lazy.




*Also known as The Triborough Wreckin' Ball, The Pride of Astoria and Kid Danger!

45 posted on 04/28/2008 1:27:37 PM PDT by Petronski (When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth, voting for Hillary.)
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To: SeaDragon

Well according to this, Psycho Dog is one of the 4th dumbest... but since she is half and half what would that make her?

:-)


46 posted on 04/28/2008 1:27:45 PM PDT by RikaStrom (The number one rule of the Kama Sutra is that you both be on the same page.../Exeter 051705)
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To: Lizavetta

They have to be the cutest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


47 posted on 04/28/2008 1:28:32 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: Red Badger
I'll give the higher IQ to the Afghan...
48 posted on 04/28/2008 1:28:39 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (In small-town Pennsylvania, bitter ignorant anti-immigrant rednecks cling to guns & religion...BO)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

What about people who buy poodles?

Where do they rank?


49 posted on 04/28/2008 1:29:17 PM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Maybe a show should be done on the media and the politicians too.


50 posted on 04/28/2008 1:29:21 PM PDT by cubreporter
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