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?
My older boy is a lab/chow and has always been smart. He would have never made a good police dog or working dog but smart in ways that he knows alot of words and is good at reading my body language. He’s old and set in his ways now. He gets grumpy if his routine is changed...
The lab/beagle 1yearold is just plain goofy. I would’t say he’s dumb because he already knows alot of words and is obedient but GOOFY.
Had a dog like that once. He taught me how to drag my butt across the livingroom carpet. That always went over well. :-)
Like a saying I saw the other day,
"Thousands of years ago cats were worshipped as gods. They still remember that."
One of them died and the other didnt notice.
That cracked me up. Dumb dog.
Googled pictures - not actual pictures of my dogs
Dumber than a box of rocks, but they sure are perdy!
Poodles probably hate the foo foo thing too. I knew a herd of standard black untrimmed poodles who lived at a dude ranch we went to for years who were the most delightful intelligent companion animals you could ever want to meet.
I think my Cardigan Welsh Corgi was the smartest dog in the world.
I have known an Irish Setter to chase the spot illuminated by a flashlight beam in a dark room. If you moved the light around, he would chase it.
Another Setter chewed up a boat model I made as a kid, using glue and flat toothpicks. I spent maybe twelve hours on that thing. It was nothing but white glue and toothpicks. He thought it was food.
As an intelligent dog, the Irish Setter is very pretty.
BTW, the Poodles are really smart.
Yes. Some of them seem too smart to be dogs.
OMG!! Surely this has got to be the LAUGH of the day!!!....ROTFLMAO!
My lab will fetch a ball and stuff like that. But when feeding time comes, he’ll get the little football in his mouth and stand in front of the dog food and whine and look at me then back at the food, because it takes him a few minutes to figure out that he has to put the football down before he can get food in his mouth!.............
I wonder why they don't run that very often?
Mine either. He’s not dumb, but I certainly wouldn’t rate him near the top for smarts.
Based on the ones we had when I was growing up, Irish Setters come in as the #1 Silliest dogs.
He, and our female Springer Spaniel took off yesterday and were gone six hours. He was clearly traumatized by the ordeal as when we found them, he jumped in the car whining.
Oh that's for sure. My experience with Goldens are at the field trials I ran my Chesapeake Retriever in and they were very far and few between as were Chessy's. Labs rule in those events for sure.