Curiosity may have killed the cat, but recently I’ve wondered about intelligence in dogs.
Curious, I decided to do research to uncover evidence of the top 10 breeds for dog intelligence. My guardians think I manage to score well in dog intelligence based on subjective evidence and informal tests, yet as a TerrierX (terrier plus mutt) how do I stack up when dogs are compared just by breed?
The brightest dogs by breed according to Stanley Coren, author of “The Intelligence of Dogs” are based on results from a survey of dog trainers.
Being one of the brightest dogs is defined as: Understanding new commands in less than 5 repetitions and then obey on first command 95% of the time, or better. Here’s the top 10 breeds for dog intelligence listed in order:
1) Border Collie, 2) Poodle, 3) German Shepherd, 4) Golden Retriever, 5) Doberman Pinscher, 6) Shetland Sheepdog, 7) Labrador Retriever, 8) Papillon, 9) Rottweiler, and 10) Australian Cattle Dog.
Reference: Dr. S. Coren, Neuropsychologist and Professor of Psychology, University of British Columbia
The closest I can determine my rank is #40 out of 79 based on being a mutt and part Wheaten according to my vet who considered my physique and coloring. Actually over 100 dog breeds were ranked because some were tied including 3 terrier breeds at #40.
Keep in mind intelligence can be one of 3 types. Adaptive and instinctive intelligence are 2 and specific to the individual dog as measured by canine IQ tests. Adaptive intelligence relates to learning and problem solving ability. A third type is the breed dependent or working/obedience intelligence presented here.
I learn quickly for a mutt, so still think my overall ranking when you include adaptive intelligence belongs in the top 10. Follow the link to Dog Intelligence Rated by Breed to find your dog’s ranking if not already listed in the top 10 breeds for dog intelligence.