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8 Most Intelligent Dog Breeds You Can Own

Border Collies top the intelligence charts, excelling in obedience and learning commands quickly.

Border Collie

Poodles are renowned for their hypoallergenic qualities and intelligence, ranking second in working intelligence.


German Shepherds serve in various roles, from police dogs to therapy companions, owing to their consistent obedience.

German Shepherd

Golden Retrievers, beloved family pets, excel in both hunting and goofiness. With a height of 23 to 24 inches and weighing 65 to 75 pounds, they live 10 to 12 years.

Golden Retriever

Doberman Pinschers, originally bred as guard dogs, exhibit fearlessness and loyalty. They stand 24 to 28 inches tall, weigh 60 to 100 pounds, and live 10 to 12 years.

Doberman Pinscher

Shetland Sheepdogs, smaller than collies, excel in herding, agility, and obedience. They stand 12 to 15 inches tall, weigh 14 to 20 pounds, and live 12 to 15 years.

Shetland Sheepdog

Labrador Retrievers, America's favorite breed for 27 years, are known for their desire to please. They stand 21 to 25 inches tall, weigh 55 to 80 pounds, and live 10 to 12 years.

Labrador Retriever

Papillons, agile toy breeds, excel in competitive agility trials despite their small size. They stand 8 to 11 inches tall, weigh 4 to 9 pounds, and live 12 to 16 years.