What Are the Smartest Dogs to Own

Dogs are great to own, but smart dogs are even better.

All dogs may be adorable, but some are just easier to train and are more adept at
listening than others.

If someone is looking for an indoor dog especially it is best to try and find one that
is going to be more responsive to training.

This usually means finding a more intelligent breed.

Australian Cattle Dog

This breed was once used as a cattle dog (hence the name) so they need to stay active. Regular exercise is a must for this intelligent dog, mental as well as physical. They have learned to be freethinking throughout their cattle herding history. This also made this breed very resourceful as well as protective of their property. So, they are very protective of their owners.


These dogs are great family pets. Their aggressiveness has been incredibly overplayed on television. They are incredibly smart though so this makes them protective of their family. They are also courageous and reliable making them great guard dogs.


This small dog surprises people when they learn how smart it is. Many think they are aggressive, but in fact the truth is they are fiercely protective of their owners. Contrary to popular belief, people who have owned these dogs tend to think they are one of the most affectionate dogs.

Labrador Retriever

This has become one of if not the most popular breed of dog because of their intelligence and amazing patience. They are especially great with children. They even get along with different types of animals. They do need daily exercise to keep from getting overweight as they do like to eat.

Shetland Sheepdogs

This is absolutely one of the smartest dogs on the planet. Many owners have felt these dogs share some human intelligence. They can be a bit shy around strangers, but they are very loving and affectionate to their owner and family. This type of breed actually loves human attention.

Doberman Pinscher

This breed is known for being incredibly loyal, fearless, and assertive. Some owners have used them for negative purposes, but this is not a vicious breed. They are very protective of their owners, and they make some of the best guard dogs. They are also great family dogs if trained from puppyhood.

Golden Retriever

These dogs are known for their high intelligence. They make great competition dogs because of their ability to be trained so well and to develop great athletic skills. They are also incredibly affectionate and loving towards their owners as well as strangers. These dogs are also great for children, and they are highly eager to please.

Border Collie

These dogs are so smart that they typically need a job to be happy. They should definitely not be left at home all day as they could become destructive. This being said they need daily exercise, and are also great in skills competitions. They also need a lot of companionship and praise on a regular basis.