Everyone thinks that their dog is smart, and recent research is backing up the claims. It has been determined that the intelligence of a dog is on par with that of a two year old toddler; most dogs can understand up to 250 words as well as hand signals. There are even specific breeds which have been determined to be the smartest of them all. This is measured by how trainable they are and how fast they can learn a trick or command.
The German Shepherd is well known as a police dog and is famous for their intelligence. It takes very little time to train a German Shepherd and most can obey a command after the first try. They are also used for search and rescue missions as well as guard dogs and are considered the smartest of the large breed dogs.
Poodles are another breed that is known for its intelligence as well as being good for those with allergies; they shed very little and produce less dander than other breeds. They are now being mixed with other intelligent breeds to produce “designer dogs” such as the Labradoodle, the Goldendoodle, the Maltipoo, and the Cockapoo.
The Siberian Husky is another very smart animal. Originally from north-eastern Siberia they were bred to pull heavy loads through rough and most often snowy terrain. They can look very intimidating with their ice-blue eyes staring you down. They are a headstrong breed and only an experienced dog owner will do well with this dog. They do not bark much but will howl at a full moon much like their ancestor the wolf.
Border Collies are a working dog and are happiest when performing a job. The name derives from the region where they originated, which is the English-Scottish border. They are extremely intelligent and bred to herd animals which can be observed during sheepdog trials. They are often called the most intelligent of all dogs and there is one who reportedly can understand and react to over 1,000 words.
The Labrador Retriever is a well mannered, even-tempered dog which is used widely as a service dog. They are also used as sporting dogsand love the water. The Lab as they are affectionately called has been the most popular breed of dog in the United States for several years running. They have been used in the past by the U.S. military for their Combat Tracker Teams, which would use the dogs to find wounded servicemen. They make wonderful family dogs and are a very loyal companion.
Another breed known for its intelligence is the Newfoundland. This breed utilized for water rescue missions due to their ability to swim long distances because of their large lung capacity and webbed feet. They are easily trained and possess a natural life-saving instinct. A Newfoundland named Seaman was owned by Meriwether Lewis and accompanied him on the famous Lewis and Clark expedition from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast and back.