Top 15 Most Smartest Dog breeds in 2020 May Actually Be Perfect for You
These dog breeds are, according to psychologist and trainer Stanley Coren, the most intelligent, according to experiments on their IQ.
Human beings have always tried (and it is increasingly common) to improve their communication with their best friend: the dog. Psychology and anthropology studies, experiments… Many are the steps that have been taken in that path.
Stanley Coren is one of the leading figures in this field. He is the author of several books such as The Fabulous Intelligence of Dogs and Do Dogs Dream? (and some others that have not been translated) and besides being a prestigious psychologist, professor of psychology and popularizer, he is a dog trainer.
Coren differentiates in his study several types of canine intelligence in his experiments to measure the IQ of dogs. On the one hand, there is the adaptive intelligence, which would take care of the learning itself and the ability to improvise solutions to problems by itself. On the other hand, there is instinctive intelligence, which is something specific to each dog and has to do with genetics and the tasks for which it is predisposed (for example, dogs that are descended from hunters and have instincts). These two types of intelligence can be measured by IQ.
However, there is a third type of intelligence that Stanley Coren calls functional intelligence, which also depends on genetics and, to a large extent, on race, affects learning of actions, work, what you learn from human beings and obedience and cannot be measured by IQ.
Based on that and the experiments he conducted, Coren established in his book a ranking of the most intelligent dog breeds. At the time there was some controversy about this, but over time it has been accepted as a fairly accurate approximation of the capabilities of
However, several of the beliefs that have always been held, for example about the border collie or the golden retriever, are fulfilled. Do you want to know which are the most intelligent breeds? Then take a look at our gallery.
Top 15 Most Smartest Dog breeds in 2020 May Actually Be Perfect for You:
15. Belgian shepherd groenendael
Along with the schipperke (another variant of the Belgian shepherd dog), the Belgian shepherd groenendael is number 15 on the list of the most intelligent breeds. They are balanced and friendly dogs that respond very well to commands.
14. Belgian shepherd tervueren
He is a very good working dog, because of his shepherd genetics, but he is also agile, active and a good protector of the house and his family.
13. English Springer Spaniel
It is no coincidence that many of the dogs on the list are sheepdog breeds, because of their observation, watchfulness, learning and adaptive skills. The English springer spaniel is a loving, intelligent and quiet dog.
12. Miniature Schnauzer Dog Breed
Although medium in size (shooting small), the miniature schnauzer, besides being cheerful and playful, is very alert and observant. It is a very easy dog to educate and perfect for living with the whole family.
11. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
This “lizard tail” is a restless, active and awake dog, which has a strong temperament that requires training, but very intelligent and fast in learning.
10. Australian Shepherd Dog Breed
Also called Australian Cattle Dog, he will be happy to have a space to be outdoors, but he is also a dog suitable for living together, because of his intelligence and learning skills. As a curiosity, its history as a breed is relatively recent: from the beginning of the 20th century.
9. Rottweiler Dog Breed
He has a bad reputation as an aggressive dog, but the truth is that the rottweiler is a faithful companion, good with children and generally well-balanced in character.
8. Papillon Dog Breed
He comes from France and Belgium and is a great companion dog because of his sensitive and observant character and his ease of learning and training.
7. Labrador Retriever Dog Breed
Curious, alert, good swimmers and best companions, Labradors are balanced, easy to educate and loving. They are the most common dogs in patrols and as guide dogs.
6. The Shetland Sheepdog
Quite similar physically to the collie, the Shetland shepherd comes from the islands of the same name and was born as a working dog, but now, like the collie, he is appreciated for his docile and alert character and his great beauty.
5. Doberman Pinscher Dog Breed
Another dog with a reputation for aggression. The Doberman is, as its position in the ranking indicates, an extraordinarily intelligent animal, with a high capacity for adaptation and very observant and sensitive to humans.
4. Golden Retriever Dog Breed
Like his first cousin the Labrador, the golden is a dog of great sensitivity and intuition, very easy to train and with a very balanced character. It is an ideal companion for children in their games.
3. The German Shepherd
The German shepherd is also very frequent in police patrols, because of his powerful sense of smell and his great intuition and intelligence. He forms a perfect pair with the human, with whom he will work side by side.
2. Poodle Dog Breed (Caniche)
It is perhaps the great exception on this list where shepherd and working dogs abound. The poodle, with a balanced and calm character, is alert and intuitive, and very sensitive.
1. Border Collie Dog Breed
No wonder the border collie is at the top of the rankings. With a great obedience (but not blind, but intuitive and awake), quick reflexes and ease of learning, the border collie is for Coren the most intelligent dog in the world.
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