Skip to comments.Top 10 Smartest and Dumbest Dog Breeds
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?
Video of the program.
Is it just me, or does that Afghan bear an uncanny resemblance to Paris Hilton?
My mutt has tricked me into feeding him and walking behind him picking up his crap. That makes him slightly smarter than me.
Bulldog # 3 stupidest?
Looks like I’ll be having some fun disparaging my UGA friends this evening :)
The chow chow should be the #1 dumbest.
I find this list to be deeply disturbing!!
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.
Yeah, I'd have to agree.....
Just make sure none of them are Marines...
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.
But they sure are cute tho...
Looks more like Boy George to me.
We have a Border Collie, very smart!
Not guilty, based on heads shots.
Perhaps if they took that sweater off that bulldog he wouldn’t be considered so dumb...
Yes, but the dog, while dumbest among breeds, is still more intelligent than Miss Hilton.
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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>>>>>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.
check post #12...........
I’ve got a Lab that could qualify for “dumbest” dog in the world.......
Put mine on the 10 Stubbornest Breeds list.
Sorry, had an experience with a pure-bred that was worse than a cat. Uh oh, I guess I did it again.
I have a half chow-chow mix that is very smart. And a Lab that is stupid as a rock........
Based on the few I've known, I would have to agree with their assessment of Beagles.
My Australian Cattle Dog didn’t get the memo about being smart. Poor girl.
Threaten him with a ketchup bottle.
ya think that dog does it Paris style?
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?)
Is an Afghan the Paris Hilton of dogs? Or is Paris Hilton the Afghan of celebs?............
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.
MOIB ranks German Sheperds as the #1 most intelligent dog ever, not to mention #1 in loyalty.
Full size standard poodles are huge!.......
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.
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.
Reminds me of this Bud Light ad.
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.
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.
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Well according to this, Psycho Dog is one of the 4th dumbest... but since she is half and half what would that make her?
They have to be the cutest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What about people who buy poodles?
Where do they rank?
Maybe a show should be done on the media and the politicians too.