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Top 10 Smartest Dog Breeds According to the American Kennel Club

Most of us will say our dog is cute, maybe even clever, but your dog might even be one of the top ten smartest dog breeds, at least according to a recent list from the American Kennel Club. They were asked to list the ten smartest dog breeds. 

Kevin Mussman, KOSI 101.1

Now we know every dog is different, and mixed-breeds are some of the smartest, so we want to mention them up front. If you have a mixed breed (or any breed!) that's great at a certain task, we'd love to hear about it in the comments. 

1. Border Collie
Known as the workaholic of the dog world and prized for its intelligence and working ability, the Border Collie excels at agility. Border Collies have extraordinary instinct and need a job to do in order to be happy.

2. German Shepherd
The German Shepherd is extremely smart at police work. They are well-known to be the world's leading police, military,and guard dog. They're also loyal and dependable.

3. Bloodhound
Bloodhounds are the best at trailing. They are often used in police work and search and rescue. Their scenting abilities are so exceptional that a Bloodhound's mantrailing results are permissible in court.

Is your dog on the list? Click here to see the full list of the 10 smartest dog breeds. 

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10/15/2013 12:15PM
Top 10 Smartest Dog Breeds According to the American Kennel Club
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12/28/2013 8:37AM
top 10
What happened to the poodle?
01/03/2014 12:15AM
how come the bloodhound wasnt part of the 10 smartest breeds, and suddenly is the 3rd smartest?
01/26/2014 5:45PM
i know one that defently is last
THE BOSTON TERRIER my dog is the stupidest dog in the world he has ran into walls doors you name it he ran into it
02/01/2014 7:35AM
10 top dogs
...your count seems to only have the larger breeds [beagle=med.].....papillions?
02/01/2014 8:50AM
Where is the Schnauzer? I have had two and smart as a whip. They are wonderful dogs.
02/12/2014 7:15PM
10 smartest dog reeds
So, where is. The poodle whichhasalways been #2 and now isn't even on the list? And both the beagle and the bloodhound were on the dumbest dog breed list and.suddenly have the smarts?? I don't get it.
03/23/2014 7:02PM
top 10
What about the Labrador Retriever? I've had two and they were the smartest dogs that I knew. Now I have a yellow Lab puppy and she is incredibly smart! They are also #3 on another website that I just visited. It doesn't make any sense to me.
03/24/2014 8:53PM
are you stupid
Are you stupid or something it is top 1 border collie,2 poodle, and 3 is german shepard
05/01/2014 4:36AM
Border Collie FTW!!!!!!
Border Collie's are the best most awesome dog in the world. They can close doors and stand on your feet and retrieve a tissue for you!!! Border Collies are the all out best!!!!!!!!
05/18/2014 7:21PM
Winnie dog
My dog is smarter than you dog
07/01/2014 11:17AM
are you out of your mind
some of the truly, recognized most intelligent breeds are not on your list, ex. Shetland sheepdogs-replaced by very dumb dogs. you are not credible.
11/14/2014 2:28PM
German Shepard is smart!
Yes! Poodles are dumb.
11/21/2014 1:51PM
I am so glad that poodle is not on the list. They are stupid!
12/05/2014 1:56PM
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12/05/2014 1:57PM
You are stupid
You are smart
12/05/2014 5:44PM
I have a German shepherd and they are very smart P.S.this is a kid speaking and I know a lot about dogs.I can name 109right off the bat.I am 9 years old.My dog is 11 and he is still very smart.
12/05/2014 10:19PM
12/29/2014 4:18PM
Why isn't the German shepherd number one? P.S. I am the one that entered the last six comments obove.
12/29/2014 8:11PM
why isn't German shepherd number one?
12/29/2014 8:22PM
why not????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
why isn't German shepherd number one? I had a German shepherd that watched cartoons.
12/29/2014 8:24PM
12/29/2014 8:28PM
01/04/2015 1:51PM
you are wrong
german shrepherds are so smarter than border collies. they are both herding dogs and the german shepherd is a police dog for god sake! I have a wonderful german shepherd.
02/24/2015 10:05PM
Our Border Collie/Lab was smarter than alot of people.
02/24/2015 10:08PM
And mindreaders
BCollies figure out what u want b4 being asked
05/07/2015 5:14PM
Where are the lab golden retriever Rottweiler and Doberman
05/08/2015 10:29AM
I have a German Shepherd and an Akita.
05/10/2015 12:59PM
05/13/2015 8:47PM
my dad used to have an afghan hound (dumbest dog in the world) and someone kicked him in the ribs and then he ran away:(
05/20/2015 10:38PM
Best article
Keep up the good work!
05/27/2015 12:40PM
Thank you, great article about dog’s training. I found more about obedience training specifically here:
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