While all dogs are smart in their own way, there are some breeds that tend to learn commands much faster than others. Here is a list of the most intelligent dogs of the world.

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Border Collie

Origin: United Kingdom
Colors:
Any, except white as the main colour
Size:
Medium
Type of Owner: Experienced
Exercise: Daily
Grooming:
Little
Trainability:
Easy to train
Combativeness:
Fairly dog-aggressive
Dominance: High
Noise: Likes to bark

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Poodle

Origin: Germany / France
Colors: All solid colors
Size: Small to large depending on the variety
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Daily
Grooming: Regular
Trainability: Very easy to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Noise: Average barker



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German Shepherd Dog

Origin: Germany
Colors: Any except white, liver and blue
Size: Large
Type of Owner: Experienced
Exercise: Daily
Grooming: Little
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Not dog-aggressive
Dominance: Moderate
Noise: Average barker



Photo by Andrew Morrell

Golden Retriever

Origin: Scotland
Colors: Shades of golden
Size: Large
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Regular
Grooming: Regular
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Dominance: Moderate
Noise: Average barker



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Doberman Pinscher

Origin: Germany
Colors: Black and tan, red and tan
Size: Large
Type of Owner: Experienced
Exercise: Daily
Grooming: Little
Trainability: Very easy to train
Combativeness: Dog-aggressive
Dominance: Very high
Noise: Average barker

Breed video: Doberman Pinscher



Photo by Donald Scott

Shetland Sheepdog

Origin: Scotland
Colors: Blue merle, sable and black with variations in white and/or tan
Size: Small
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Moderate
Grooming: Regular
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Dominance: Low
Noise: Likes to bark



Photo by Liz West

Labrador Retriever

Origin: Canada
Colors:
Solid black, yellow, chocolate
Size: Large
Type of Owner:
Novice
Exercise: Regular
Grooming:
Little
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Not dog-aggressive
Dominance: Moderate
Noise: Average barker



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Papillon

Origin: France
Colors: White with patches
Size: Small
Type of Owner: Novice
Exercise: Little
Grooming: Regular
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Can be slightly dog-aggressive
Dominance: Moderate
Noise: Not a barker



Photo by Doug Pieper

Rottweiler

Origin: Germany
Colors: Black with tan markings
Size: Extra large
Type of Owner: Experienced
Exercise: Daily
Grooming: Little
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Tends to be dog-aggressive
Dominance: High
Noise: Average barker



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Australian Cattle Dog

Origin: Australia
Colors: Blue merle or red speckle
Size: Medium
Type of Owner: Experienced
Exercise: Regular
Grooming: Very little
Trainability: Very easy to train
Combativeness: May be aggressive to dogs of the same sex
Dominance: High
Noise: Not a barker



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Australian Shepherd

Origin: Thought to be Pyrenees Mountains
Colors: Blue or red merle, red, black, with or without white/tan markings
Size: Medium
Type of Owner: Experienced
Exercise: Needs lots of exercise
Grooming: Weekly
Trainability: Very easy to train
Combativeness: Not generally dog-aggressive
Dominance: Moderate
Noise: Not a barker



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Belgian Malinois

Origin: Belgium
Colors: Fawn to mahogany with a black mask and ears
Size: Large
Type of Owner: Experienced
Exercise: A lot of daily exercise needed
Grooming: Little
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Sometimes slightly dog-aggressive
Dominance: Moderate
Noise: Average barker



Image credit: mark kimpel

Belgian Sheepdog

Origin: Belgium
Colors: Black
Size: Large
Type of Owner: Experienced
Exercise: Regular
Grooming: Daily
Trainability: Very easy to train
Combativeness: Can be slightly dog-aggressive
Dominance: Moderate
Noise: Average barker

Breed video: Belgian Sheepdog



Image credit: David Stoner

Belgian Tervuren

Origin: Belgium
Colors:
Fawn-mahogany with a black overlay
Size:
Large
Type of Owner: Experienced
Exercise:
Daily
Grooming:
Daily grooming preferable
Trainability:
Very easy to train
Combativeness:
Can be slightly dog-aggressive
Dominance: Moderate
Noise: Average barker



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