We all think our dogs are the smartest, most human fur-babies in the world. But when it comes to science and psychology, which breeds are teacher’s pets?
Rating dog intelligence is by no means easy.
Canine psychologist Stanley Coren wrote back in the 90s, there’s adaptive intelligence (i.e., figuring stuff out), working intelligence (i.e., following orders), and instinctive intelligence (i.e., innate talent) — not to mention spatial intelligence, kinesthetic intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, and more.
Coren, in his book, “The Intelligence of Dogs,” featured the results of a lengthy survey of 199 dog obedience judges.
Here are the results:
Top tier — the brightest working dogs who tend to learn a new command in less than five seconds and obey at least 95% of the time.
1. Border collie
3. German shepherd
4. Golden retriever
5. Doberman pinscher
10. Australian cattle dog
Second tier — excellent working dogs who tend to learn a new command in 5 — 15 exposures and obey at least 85% of the time.
11. Pembroke Welsh corgi
12. Miniature schnauzer
13. English springer spaniel
14. Belgian Tervuren
15. Schipperke, Belgian sheepdog
16. Collie Keeshond
17. German short-haired pointer
18. Flat-coated retriever, English cocker spaniel, Standard schnauzer
19. Brittany spaniel
20. Cocker spaniel, Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever
22. Belgian Malinois, Bernese mountain dog
24. Irish water spaniel
26. Cardigan Welsh corgi
Third tier — above-average working dogs who tend to learn a new trick in 15 — 25 repetitions and obey at least 70% of the time.
28. Giant schnauzer, Portuguese water dog
29. Airedale, Bouvier des FLandres
30. Border terrier, Briard
32. Manchester terrier
35. American Eskimo dog, Cairn terrier, Kerry blue terrier, Irish setter
37. Affenpinscher, Silky terrier, Miniature pinscher, English setter, Pharaoh hound, Clumber spaniel
38. Norwich terrier
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