Smartest dog breeds: the 24 most intelligent dogs from Rottweiler to Border Collie and German Shepherd - is yours on the list?

Dogs, like a lot of other animals, are intelligent creatures - but have you ever wondered which breeds are considered to be the smartest?

Wednesday, 23rd September 2020, 3:32 pm

These are 24 of the smartest breeds of dogs, according to the American Kennel Club – in no particular order..

The Shetland Sheepdog is an extremely intelligent, quick and obedient breed of dog (Photo: Shutterstock)
The Rottweiler has great strength, but is a gentle playmate and protector within the family circle, and is a very smart pooch (Photo: Shutterstock)
The Belgian Tervuren is elegant, agile and extremely affectionate with loved ones (Photo: Shutterstock)
This breed of dog is sweet, loving, intelligent, and willing to please (Photo: Shutterstock)
The German Shepherd is of high intelligence, loyal, confident and courageous (Photo: Shutterstock)
The Briard is loyal, loving and smart (Photo: Shutterstock)
The Berger Picard is a great companion for athletic owners. They are agile, intelligent dogs (Photo: Shutterstock)
The Golden Retriever is a popular choice of dog for many households, and also a very smart breed (Photo: Shutterstock)
Border Collie dogs are intelligent, athletic, and are great at herding (Photo: Shutterstock)
This breed of dog is friendly, outgoing, very affectionate and smart (Photo: Shutterstock)
The Belgian Sheepdog is elegant and intelligent (Photo: Shutterstock)
The bloodhound can help to find people who are lost or hiding. Although an off-duty bloodhound is among one of the most docile dog breeds, on-duty this dog is relentless and stubborn when finding a scent (Photo: Shutterstock)
The Doberman Pinscher is sleek, powerful and very intelligent (Photo: Shutterstock)
These dogs are sociable, energetic and intelligent. They are loving and affectionate toward their family and very protective of children (Photo: American Kennel Club)
The Barbet is a rustic breed who is very social and loyal (Photo: Shutterstock)
The Belgian Malinois is a smart, confident, and versatile breed who form a strong bond with their human partner (Photo: Shutterstock)
The Australian Cattle Dog, also called Blue Heeler or Queensland Heeler, is related to the Dingo. The Australian Cattle Dog is an intelligent breed of dog.
This dog is agile, versatile and lively. They excel in agility, obedience, herding and search and rescue (Photo: Shuttertock)
The Azawakh is a West African sighthound originating from the countries of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger (Photo: Shutterstock)
These are excellent agility dogs and are consistent winners at the sport’s highest levels. They can also be trained to do all sorts of tricks (Photo: Shutterstock)
The Chinook is known for intelligence, patience, and its eagerness to please (Photo: Shutterstock)
Poodles are a popular choice of dog and are also a very intelligent breed (Photo: Shutterstock)
The Australian Shepherd is a lean, tough ranch dog that is closely associated with cowboy life (Photo: Shutterstock)
The Australian Kelpie is an active, alert, energetic and extremely intelligent dog (Photo: Shutterstock)