I have a basenji, an ancient breed that has been around for thousands of years. And yet, a recent survey voted them the 2nd most stupid dog breed. Go figure! Maybe they equate “obedient” with “smart”. Basenjis certainly didn’t manage to survive all these years being stupid!
When they say ‘stupid’, they mean ‘less malleable’...It just depends on what kind of companion you want. Not everyone likes a border collie.