The 10 Smartest, Most Intelligent, And Easiest Dogs To Train
Man's best friend isn't always all that bright, but many dogs have a high level of intelligence hidden beneath a friendly, sometimes clumsy appearance. Individual dogs have shown incredible brilliance, including specimens such as Chaser, a border collie who has learned to discern the names of over 1,000 individual items.
Other dogs have demonstrated a propensity for detecting contraband, even when buried in suitcases. Over time, certain breeds have distinguished themselves as far as being more trainable and better at figuring out puzzles than the others, and have proven themselves to be better working dogs, often in the fields of herding or protection. Here are the ten smartest dog breeds that are also the easiest dogs to train.
Bred to work, German Shepherds needed the intelligence to learn commands, while also needing to be bright enough to think on their own while herding. This combination has turned them into top-notch animal herders, but has served us humans even more. Their combination of intelligence and muscle make them perfect police and military dogs, with a certain level of intimidation from their appearance.
Australian Cattle Dog (Blue Heeler)
Highly energetic and extremely destructive when they don't receive enough attention or exercise, this breed is also very independent. This makes for a dog that is very trainable, but also one that will not necessarily follow that training, and will end up thinking for themselves at times, going against what the owner wants. Despite this independence, or maybe partially because of it, Australian Cattle Dogs excel in dog sports such as competition obedience and agility competitions. They were bred to be herders, and will naturally try and herd people and other pets.