Generally Smarter Than Average Breeds

22 Sep 2014 | by | Posted in: Wag News

The Intelligence of Dogs is a book on Dog cognition by Stanley Coren, a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. First  Published in 1994, the book explains Coren's theories about the differences in intelligence between different breeds of dogs. He in his book, explains three types of intelligence; instinctive intelligence, adaptive intelligence, and working and obedience intelligence. Instinctive intelligence is a dog's ability to perform the tasks it was bred for ; herding, fetching, guarding or a attaining companionship. Adaptive intelligence refers to a dog's ability to solve problems on its own. Working and obedience intelligence refers to a dog's ability to learn from humans.
Taking reference from Coren’s work, we have listed the following dog breeds.

Border Collie
Border Collie were bred in English-Scottish border to guard livestock especially sheep. They were bred for their intelligence and their obedience. Extremely energetic, acrobatic, smart and athletic, they frequently compete with great success in sports like agility, herding, tracking and are often cited as the most intelligent of all dogs. Read more About Border Collie


Poodles are of variety of sizes with different coat colours.They were originally bred in Germany as water dogs. Poodles are very skillful and obedient and also can also be used for herding. because of their high obedience and hypoallergenic qualities, they are proving to be the most popular dogs while breeding hybrid and designer dog varieties. Read more about Poodle Dog Breed


German Shepherd
German Shepherd is a breed of large working dog originally bred for herding sheep. However they were later used for search and rescue and military work because of their strength, intelligence, trainability and obedience. Read more about German Shepherd



Golden Retriever
Golden retrievers are large breed of dogs that were bred as gun dogs to retrieve gunshot waterfowl such as ducks and other birds during shooting. These dogs love water and are very easy to train and are extremely obedient. Read more About Golden Retriever


Doberman Pinscher
Doberman, as people originally call it, is a breed of domestic dogs developed by a tax collector from Germany named Karl F.L Dobrmann. They are a well known breed that are alert and intelligent and are also known to be very loyal companion dogs. They were originally intended as guard dogs and are proud, watchful, determined, and have an obedient temperament. Read more about Doberman Pinscher


Shetland Sheepdog
Also known as Sheltie, these small, energetic dogs are best known for herding.They are vocal, excitable, energetic dogs who are always willing to please and work hard. They are partly derived from dogs used in the Shetland Isles for protecting sheep. Read more About Shetland Sheepdog


Labrador Retriever
Labradors or Labs are also one of the most popular Gun dogs in the world. They are athletic and playful and is the most popular breeds in the world and are quite easy to train. Labradors are frequently trained to aid people who suffer from autism and thus act as therapy dogs. They are also used as  sniffer dogs. They are called ‘retrievers’ they are also used to retrieve waterfowl from the water during shooting just like golden retrievers. Read more about Labrador Retriever


Papillon comes from the french word that means butterfly, it is sometimes called the butterfly dog, because the ears look like butterfly wings. They are the oldest Toy Spaniels.The Papillon is a very intelligent and self-assured dog that has a very easy time learning new tricks. This dog can be sociable with children and strangers, but is generally reserved around new people. Phalenes are the breeds of the same litter and are a drop eared variety of Pappilons.


Rottweilers are large size dogs that were used to herd livestock and pull carts with goods to market. Rottweilers however now are used as search and rescue dogs, dogs for the blind, also known as service dogs and are also used by the police as well. A multi-faceted herding and stock protection dog, it is capable of working all kinds of livestock under a variety of conditions while being a loyal and protective family pet at home. Read more about Rottweilers



Australian Cattle Dog
Australian Cattle dog is a breed of herding dogs that were used for driving cattle over long distance and terrain. This dog breed has a high level of energy, a high intelligence, but an independent streak. It responds well to structured training, particularly if it is interesting and challenging way. It was originally bred to herd by biting, and is known to nip running children. It forms a strong attachment to its owners.



Hence, by smart dogs we don't mean that they don't need training. In Fact sometimes they will need more training than other dogs. It all depends on how you train your dog and how well does he/she understand commands.

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