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‘Back To School’: Top 10 Smartest Dog Breeds

Posted on October 01 2021

September may bring the start of a new school year to many, but for these breeds, they’re already top of the class! 

Border Collie 

Border Collie Dog

Full of energy and always curious, the Border Collie is regarded as the smartest breed because of its innate ability to herd and protect its family. This makes them highly obedient dogs, and so the perfect choice for anyone wanting a playful and disciplined furry-friend. A Border Collie would be the paws-down favourite to secure Head Boy/Girl and would wear that badge of honour with pride! 


Poodle Dog

Typically known as the poshest of the pup breeds, Poodles are highly adaptive and tend to prefer people to other animals- the perfect epitome of the teacher's pet! This means they are very devoted and obedient to their owners, making them the ideal pooch for anyone wanting a cute and cuddly companion. 

German Shepherd 

German Shepard Dog

Underneath a powerful and athletic exterior lies one of the most sweet-natured and loyal breeds, the German Shepherd. This breed would most certainly be the classmate asking for extra homework, as when given plenty of physical and intellectual exercise, the German Shepherd is very content and will become a loving addition to any family. 

Golden Retriever 

Labrador Retriever Dog

The Golden Retriever is well known for its playful and energetic qualities, but their intelligence lies in their superb ability to read emotions which makes them great assistance dogs. While the German Shepherd would be asking for the extra homework, the Golden Retriever would be the friend ready to share their answers to help anyone in need!


Doberman Dog

A Dobermann is the friend you want when walking the big scary corridors of school, as this breed are highly suspicious and responsive to threats making them ideal protectors. To make sure that your Dobermann does not spend all its time looking for threats, lots of games and activities are the way to any well-balanced, happy Dobermann’s heart. 

Shetland Sheepdog 

Shetland Sheepdog

At first glance, you might think a Sheltie would need some Dobermann protection in the school corridors, but though small and fluffy, a Sheltie is mighty in its agility, loyalty and kindness making them a friend to all. This breed may be used to herding large numbers of sheep, but they are highly sensitive and willing to ‘tell on’ anyone they believe to be breaking the rules. Yet, with plenty of physical exercise and mental stimulation, a Sheltie is a perfect partner of a pooch. 



Easy-going and easy to train, it’s no wonder the Labrador is one of the most popular dog breeds as well as one of the most intelligent! Excelling in all classes, the Labrador is not just smart but top of the class in P.E, taking any opportunity to show off its skills in swimming as well as running and jumping! Kind and loving to all ages, the Labrador is an ideal family pet, and with plenty of exercise, playful training and walks, you will have one happy Labrador. 


Papillion Dog

Though a toy-breed, you would be wrong to think you could toy with a Papillon! Like the Shetland Sheepdog, what it lacks for in size, it makes up for in being highly observant, active, and intelligent. Papillon’s are famed for getting on with almost everyone, including Marie Antoinette who was rumoured to be a huge fan of the breed, so if you're looking to copy anyone’s history homework, the Papillon would be a good bet! 



You wouldn’t ever catch a Rottweiler in detention! Favoured by the military and police for its power, loyalty, and intelligence, this breed is highly obedient and willing to be trained with lots of treats! Whilst sometimes only viewed for their aggressive exterior and fierce devotion to protect their owners, with plenty of love and attention, the Rottweiler is an ideal family pet. 

Australian Cattle Dog 

Australian Cattle Dog

With all the classic herding dog traits of agility, loyalty and willingness to be trained, the Australian Cattle Dog is one clever dog. However, this breed would not be loyal to a school uniform as with every dog in this breed, they all have a unique mixture of unique colourings and markings, making them the go-to classmate for fashion advice for non-uniform day! 

So there you have it, the most intelligent dogs! Do you agree? 

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