This article was published in Pets Clan on 23rd September, 2011
A dog is a man’s best friend. For every dog owner, his dog is the best and the smartest. Every breed of dog is known for their obedience, intelligence, friendliness, sharpness, dumbness, ability to train and work. Your dog may be intelligent but may never listen to your commands. Likewise, your dog may be very obedient but may take a long time to learn tricks. Every dog owner wants a smart ward, but owning smart dogs have disadvantages too. Smart dogs can turn mischievous and destructive when they are left alone at home and have nothing to do. And if you are looking for a smart one, here is a list of the world’s top ten smartest dogs.
1. Australian Cattle Dog
The Australian Cattle Dog is loyal, protective and courageous. As the name suggest, this breed was originally bred in Australia to control cattle in open and confined spaces. This dog needs physical and mental exercise constantly.
The Rottweiler has a reputation of being ferocious. On the contrary, it can be a good family dog. It is courageous and obedient and is one of the best guard dog breeds. A Rottweiler is a devoted companion.
Do not go by the Papillon’s looks. It may look dainty, but it is lot tougher than you know. A Papillon is always alert, happy and not at all shy and aggressive. It loves its master, is intelligent and easy to train.
4. Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever is affectionate, hard working, obedient and patient. It needs regular physical activities without which, they are likely to develop weight problems. It is one of the most popular family dogs.
5. Shetland Sheepdog
The Shetland Sheepdog or Shetie is agile yet sturdy. This breed was originally trained for tending cattle and sheep. It is easy to train, obedient, loyal, loving, understanding and very intelligent.
6. Doberman Pinscher
The Doberman Pinscher is fearless, assertive and loyal. This breed’s temperament varies from one doberman to other. If trained properly and lovingly from an early age, dobermans become great family dogs. It is a popular choice with the police and defense.
7. Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever a top choice when it comes to family dogs. It is caring, loyal, great with children, instinctive, eager to please and of course smart. It is also reputed to be a very good search dog, guide and rescue dog.
8. German Shepherd
The German Dog has to be a dog with a mission. It can be a great family dog if trained with a loving but firm hand. It is highly intelligent and has a protective instinct.
Surprised. Yes, the Poodle is smart. It is absolutely with both beauty and brains. It loves people and is one of the easiest breeds to train. It is a happy and intelligent breed.
10. Border Collie
The Border Coolie is a workaholic. It has to be on the job all the time. It can turn destructive if left alone at home with nothing to do. So, it is not a smart choice for city dwellers. It has a reputation for being very intelligent and highly instinctive.