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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

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To: dr.zaeus

Dogs have owners, Cats have staff.


51 posted on 04/28/2008 1:29:40 PM PDT by wordsofearnest ("That government is best which governs least")
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I think they missed one. I didn’t see the Pelosi listed there among the dumber breeds...;’}


52 posted on 04/28/2008 1:30:38 PM PDT by rockrr (Global warming is to science what Islam is to religion)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

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.


53 posted on 04/28/2008 1:31:46 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't Blame Me, I voted for Kodos!)
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To: Red Badger

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).


54 posted on 04/28/2008 1:31:53 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Huma for co-president!)
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To: dr.zaeus

55 posted on 04/28/2008 1:32:11 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

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.


56 posted on 04/28/2008 1:32:45 PM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Our Weims are smart...they know how to find the most comfortable chair, bed, or sofa and claim it as “their space.”


57 posted on 04/28/2008 1:32:45 PM PDT by dawn53
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To: DManA

Amen, brother.


58 posted on 04/28/2008 1:32:56 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't Blame Me, I voted for Kodos!)
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To: stevio

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.


59 posted on 04/28/2008 1:33:27 PM PDT by Veto! (OpiniChowons freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

re: Goldens

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.


60 posted on 04/28/2008 1:33:39 PM PDT by Enchante (Obama: All you dumb, bitter "typical white people" must learn to say "God D--n America!")
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To: Red Badger

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.


61 posted on 04/28/2008 1:33:40 PM PDT by envisio (If you ain't laughin yet... you ain't seen me naked. 8^O)
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To: TChad

lol.

Had a dog like that once. He taught me how to drag my butt across the livingroom carpet. That always went over well. :-)


62 posted on 04/28/2008 1:33:58 PM PDT by vietvet67
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To: Clint N. Suhks

“Free Cat”

LOL


63 posted on 04/28/2008 1:34:52 PM PDT by VA Voter
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To: wordsofearnest
Cats have staff.

Like a saying I saw the other day,

"Thousands of years ago cats were worshipped as gods. They still remember that."

64 posted on 04/28/2008 1:35:32 PM PDT by OB1kNOb ("We like Mr. Obama and we hope he will win the election." - Ahmed Yousef, Hamas PM advisor)
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To: MrB
One of them died and the other didn’t notice.

That cracked me up. Dumb dog.

65 posted on 04/28/2008 1:36:07 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
My Mountain Feist & American Eskimo are pretty smart, but not on either list.

Googled pictures - not actual pictures of my dogs

66 posted on 04/28/2008 1:36:18 PM PDT by flutters (God Bless The USA)
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To: VA Voter
My experience with Irish Setters is the same as yours.

Dumber than a box of rocks, but they sure are perdy!

67 posted on 04/28/2008 1:36:44 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: bpjam

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.


68 posted on 04/28/2008 1:38:02 PM PDT by Veto! (OpiniChowons freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Lizavetta
I've owned Bullmastiff’s, Labs, Dachshunds,Schnauzers & Mutts.One of my Labs was as dumb as a box of rocks & the smartest was my Bullmastiff female by a hair over my Doxie & Schnauzer females.Males are like perpetual teenage boys driven by food & hormones which overpowers any brain function they may have.
69 posted on 04/28/2008 1:38:09 PM PDT by Apercu ("A man's character is his fate" - Heraclitus)
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To: VA Voter
I am shocked, shocked that the Setter didn’t make the bottom 10 dumbest.

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.

70 posted on 04/28/2008 1:38:12 PM PDT by TChad
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To: Red Badger

OMG!! Surely this has got to be the LAUGH of the day!!!....ROTFLMAO!


71 posted on 04/28/2008 1:38:25 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: Paladin2; envisio

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!.............


72 posted on 04/28/2008 1:38:29 PM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: TChad
Now that was funny!

I wonder why they don't run that very often?

73 posted on 04/28/2008 1:38:34 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
LOL DOGS: I HAS A HOTDOG
74 posted on 04/28/2008 1:39:09 PM PDT by envisio (If you ain't laughin yet... you ain't seen me naked. 8^O)
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To: freepertoo

Mine either. He’s not dumb, but I certainly wouldn’t rate him near the top for smarts.


75 posted on 04/28/2008 1:39:44 PM PDT by Vermonter
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To: VA Voter
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?

Based on the ones we had when I was growing up, Irish Setters come in as the #1 Silliest dogs.

76 posted on 04/28/2008 1:40:39 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: Clint N. Suhks
We have a rescue dog that looks like part Border Collie. He's a lover but can't say he's necessarily the smartest thing in the world. He is a hoot to watch in action as he wants his people both in the same place at the same time. He goes to a lot of trouble trying to arrange that to happen.

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.

77 posted on 04/28/2008 1:41:13 PM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: DManA
re: My mutt has tricked me into feeding him and walking behind him picking up his crap. That makes him slightly smarter than me.)))

LOL!!

78 posted on 04/28/2008 1:41:17 PM PDT by Mamzelle (Time for Conservatives to go Free Agent)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
Smartest Dog Ever.

Aussi Shepherd.....


79 posted on 04/28/2008 1:42:12 PM PDT by fanfan ("We don't start fights my friends, but we finish them, and never leave until our work is done."PMSH)
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To: savedbygrace
So, within a breed, there can be large variance in intelligence.

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.

80 posted on 04/28/2008 1:42:20 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

It appears that this list was based primarily on looks equalling intelligence. Generally speaking, the more attractive to people the dogs are, the better they ranked with intelligence/worse on stupidity.


81 posted on 04/28/2008 1:43:01 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I’d have to disagree with several of them, but for the most part, they got #1 Smartest right on the button. (I own two Borders.)


82 posted on 04/28/2008 1:43:44 PM PDT by misharu (US Congress = children without adult supervision)
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To: Lizavetta

Vee vill make you give me snausages....


83 posted on 04/28/2008 1:43:57 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: WayneS

Hounds follow their instincts, but they aren’t particularly trainable. My friend’s beagle could track rabbits like nobody’s business, but wouldn’t sit or stay.

On the other hand, I knew a woman who ran her bloodhound in agility trials. I think she dragged a scent trail through the course until he got good at it.


84 posted on 04/28/2008 1:44:34 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Where did the toy poodle and chihuahua rank? They’re some of the dumbest mutts I’ve ever seen. Psychotic, even.


85 posted on 04/28/2008 1:45:31 PM PDT by al_c (Avoid the consequences of erudite vernacular utilized irrespective of necessity)
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To: subterfuge

The inability to train a dog has no bearing on their smarts. Chows are highly inteligent but will not submit to training.Even inteligent human beings question being trained to rolling over or fetching.


86 posted on 04/28/2008 1:46:16 PM PDT by eastforker (Get-R-Done and then Bring-Em- Home)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

bump for later


87 posted on 04/28/2008 1:46:57 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (Party ahead of principles; eventually you'll be selling out anything to anyone for the right price.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

This article is wrong. I have a Border collie and a Beagle. The Beagle is the dumbest animal alive. The Border collie however, is the smartest.


88 posted on 04/28/2008 1:47:52 PM PDT by lawdave
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To: Red Badger

Our Lab clearly has the priorities straight. The ball is quickly dropped during a squirrel sighting/chase, but easily retrieved later. Food/treats are priority one. Poodles are smarter though, but the Labs are a better companion.


89 posted on 04/28/2008 1:48:18 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Huma for co-president!)
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To: Red Badger

Thats funny. My dogs do that only when they have an object in their mouth and I throw a different object.

At feeding time I say “Ya’ll ready for a can?” and they come running.

“Can” is a word that makes them perk up and turn their heads sideways at me and they go stand in their spots in front of their bowls. They know what “can” means.

I can say...”Yeah the weatherman predicted rain ..CAN..” and they perk up.

Same thing with “ride” or “outside” or “kitty”


90 posted on 04/28/2008 1:48:19 PM PDT by envisio (If you ain't laughin yet... you ain't seen me naked. 8^O)
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To: VA Voter
The Border Collie is smarter but is really weird if you can’t run it a lot.

Its not so much the excercise, although they do need to be able to runn a lot, the most important thing with Borders is to engage thier mind. I mess with my Borders mind all the time. Problem is . . .he turns right around and messes with me back!

91 posted on 04/28/2008 1:50:43 PM PDT by misharu (US Congress = children without adult supervision)
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To: dr.zaeus

Oddly enough, our cat loves attention almost as much as our dogs.

We’ve a Queensland mix that is hyper but also trainable and a purebred Great Pyrenees that has been pretty easy to train.

Wouldn’t trade any of them, as they’re always thrilled to see us when we get home or get up in the AM.


92 posted on 04/28/2008 1:50:51 PM PDT by stylin_geek (Liberalism: comparable to a chicken with its head cut off, but with more spastic motions)
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To: Petronski

HAHHAHAHAHAH!!! Scoobie is the name of one of my Border Collies!


93 posted on 04/28/2008 1:51:44 PM PDT by misharu (US Congress = children without adult supervision)
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To: Bahbah; Just Lori; Fudd Fan; HonestConservative; sofaman
Doggie Ping!

Sorry Bah, I didn't make the list...

94 posted on 04/28/2008 1:52:41 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: fanfan

Our dog is a mutt with Australian Shepherd, Husky, ??? in him. Pretty smart dog. Back in college my roomate had a mutt (part Australian Shepherd) that was REALLY smart. You could be in the front yard and tell it to do in the huge backyard and “get your stick”. It would come back with the stick and play. Then “go get your ball”, go get your frissbee, go get your rope, etc.

Also, the only strangers that he would bark at when they came to the door were the Jehovahs Witnesses and the Mormons, and it sounded like he was trying to get them through the door. Mail man, repair guy, friends, etc. no barking (he didn’t bark much actually). Weirdest thing!


95 posted on 04/28/2008 1:53:27 PM PDT by 21twelve (Don't wish for peace. Pray for Victory.)
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To: Lizavetta

“What about weiner dogs?”

Don’t despair: the dachshund, wiener dog, or `Teckel’, wins “Grouchiest Canine” award.
Why?
You’d be grouchy too if you spent all day dragging your junk on the sidewalk.


96 posted on 04/28/2008 1:54:26 PM PDT by tumblindice (Gott in himmel, dat smarts!)
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To: eastforker

Your comment doesn’t really square up with the list or with the comments of others on the thread.


97 posted on 04/28/2008 1:54:49 PM PDT by subterfuge (Homophobic and proud of it!)
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To: dawn53
Our Weims are smart...they know how to find the most comfortable chair, bed, or sofa and claim it as “their space.”

So true. I have a rescue dog, half Weimaraner and half Chocolate Lab. Within two minutes of being adopted and let into the house he found my bed and made a nest for himself at the head, a location he will use to the end of his days, except for when I'm sleeping in the bed. Then he tries to sleep on top of me.

98 posted on 04/28/2008 1:57:03 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: tumblindice

I had a friend that had a dog the was half Wienerschnitzle and half Chihuahua. She called it a Beanerschnitzle. I loved that dog.


99 posted on 04/28/2008 1:57:18 PM PDT by CougarGA7 (Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.)
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To: Squawk 8888
Is it just me, or does that Afghan bear an uncanny resemblance to Paris Hilton?

LOL! And the fact that it was voted the dumbest dog is purely coincidental............or is it?

100 posted on 04/28/2008 1:57:42 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Who plugged the hole in the ozone layer?)
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