Does your dog ever amaze you by her ability to understand commands? To learn new tricks quickly? Experts measure intelligence in dogs in a few ways, and the smartest dog breeds might surprise you. If your dog didn’t make the top ten list, but you’re convinced of her superior intellect, don’t despair—research shows that most dogs are much smarter than we give them credit for.
The top ten canine Einsteins below all share two qualities: the ability to quickly learn new commands, and the obedience to perform the 95% of the time or better.
1. Border Collie
The Border Collie is perhaps the smartest of all dogs and the overachiever of the canine world. If most dogs have the intelligence of the average 2-year-old child, then a border collie might be as smart as a 4-year-old. Originally bred as a sheepdog, border collies can perform just about any job you can give them and excels at sports. Extremely energetic, athletic, and driven, the border collie is always up for learning something new. If you don’t keep this breed constantly moving and working, it might start getting destructive in the home.