Skip to comments.Top 10 Smartest and Dumbest Dog Breeds
Posted on 04/28/2008 1:05:46 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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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.
*Also known as The Triborough Wreckin' Ball, The Pride of Astoria and Kid Danger!
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.
Dogs have owners, Cats have staff.
I think they missed one. I didn’t see the Pelosi listed there among the dumber breeds...;’}
Clearly an anti-hound survey (Houndist?) ;^)
In any case, from MY personal experience, the beagles and basset hounds have been WAY smarter than the Labs/Retrievers have ever dreamed of being.
And my wife and I have a good bit of experience with all three breeds.
I’ve got a Lab and am planning to train her to be an avalanche search and rescue dog. She seems to be pretty smart (especially about earning treats and hanging around people).
Forget a border collie as a lap dog.
They have to be one of the most active breeds.
We got one, a rescue, not knowing how active they are. Not good house dogs and we don’t have a fenced yard.
Managed to keep her somewhat happy with puzzles in the evenings and walks on weekends.
But when she got bored she’d chew the furniture. Common I’ve learned.
Oh, one more negative, they shed like mad.
Our Weims are smart...they know how to find the most comfortable chair, bed, or sofa and claim it as “their space.”
Chows aren’t dumb, they’re just misunderstood.
You have to remember that they were herded in droves across Asia and Eastern Europe by Genghis Khan’s mongol warriors as a food source, thus they are very wary of humans and don’t want to do what you say.
I trained my daughter’s chow by
1. never approaching him from behind and
2. by carrying a make-believe cast iron skillet in my hand while walking him. Every time he pulled on the leash, I pretend whopped him over the head with the pretend skillet, with pretend sound effects. In no time at all, he was walking like a gentleman and reliably sitting and staying. Like cats, I discovered, Chows are visual. They get mental images rather than verbal commands. Once you understand how to talk to them, they’re fine obedient dogs.
My family has raised several Golden Retrievers over the past 25 years and I would say they are very very smart dogs - they learn things instantly and you find them doing and thinking of things you wouldn’t expect. They have surprised me many times and made me wonder who is the “master” in the relationship...... :^) I wouldn’t ding labs for all-around loveability, adorability and fun, but the ones I’ve been around (quite a bit, for years at a time) did not seem nearly as clever.
Not a scientific sample to be sure, and I love labs, they’re wonderful doggies..... but I’m not at all surprised to see Golden Retrievers listed in the top 4.
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