Every dog lover wants an intelligent dog. The smart dog may obey better and be easier to train, however, statistics show smarter dogs are more likely to develop behavioral problems. Some dogs may actually have a good behavior until restrained in small areas, such as an apartment or limited to certain rooms of the home. Some breeds are very active and need to stay busy; therefore, refining them to a restrained area could cause these behavioral problems.
Statistics show the top 10 most intelligent breeds are:
- Border Collies. Border Collies were originally bred as sheep herders and have a lot of energy. They need lots of exercise and room to run.
- Doberman Pinschers. The Doberman is a great guard dog and are obedient but they also need regular exercise.
- Australian Cattle Dogs. Also known as the Aussie, they have been bred to herd cattle and are very smart dogs. They also need lots of exercise and something to keep them occupied.
- German Shepherds. They’re loving guard dogs that are great with children, but also need regular physical activity.
- Golden Retrievers. Goldens are typically used as hunting dogs and aide with searches and rescue missions. They are very friendly pets, great with children and live to please their owners. They are a large breed dog and also need plenty of exercise.
- Labrador Retrievers. These hunting dogs are used as guide dogs, police dogs to track narcotics and also aide in search and rescue missions. Labs are easily trainable and have good temperaments.
- Rottweilers. Surprised? So many people are afraid of Rotties, however, they are huge babies. The Rottweiler is a very obedient dog and work as herders, therapy and police dogs as well. They’re loving to their owners and family but will protect their home and may not get along as well with strangers. Socializing these dogs and offering them obedience training is recommended by experts. Rottweilers also need dailyexercise.
- Poodles. They’re cute, smart and active and Poodles do well in any size home due to their size, however, they also need daily exercise.
- Shetland Sheepdogs. Also know as Shelties, these herding dogs are very obedient and devoted to their owners. They may be shy around strangers and may try to herd people they don’t recognize. They do much better on a farm but can also do fine in homes providing they get enough exercise.
- Papillons. This small breed of dog typically does well in any size home and are considered happy and alert.
There you have it, the statistics, anyway. I have owned and worked with dogs most of my life and I do somewhat agree with this information; however, I’ve owned several purebred dogs and also several mixed breed dogs. In my opinion, the mixed breed is generally the smarter of the two.
We currently have a Shih-Tzu/Jack Russel mix named Jewel and also a purebred boxer puppy named Ginger. They’re both very loved and spoiled, but as for now, the Boxer isn’t quite the brighter one of the two. But I’m sure she’s going to be a smart dog, once we get through the ‘puppy stage.’ She’s been pretty easy to housetrain, but will walk out right in front of you if you’re walking through the house or walk out in front of you, knowing the path you’re heading, and sit down right in front of you! haha Agreed, our Shih-Tzu/Jack Russel is much older than the boxer but is very intelligent. As much as she loves food, and I mean she LOVES food, in fact, I’d say she WORSHIPS food!! Yet, I can sit a plate of food; steak, chicken or whatever, on the floor right in front of her and she won’t touch it until she’s told she can. The strange part is, she wasn’t ‘trained’ not to touch it until told, but just automatically knows. And honestly, I can’t take credit for housetraining Ginger because Jewel actually trained her.
Ginger’s a great dog too, very loving and of course still very playful because she’s a pup. Playful enough that we have to make sure everything’s (and I do mean everything) off the floor and out of her reach when we’re not looking. haha My daughter sometimes forgets to close her bedroom door and Ginger will just help herself with any toys, clothes, pillows, shoes, anything she can find. Although she has a full box of her own toys, I guess ‘new’ toys are always more exciting!
One morning about a week or so ago, I had some clothes in large plastic bags sitting in the corner of the living room that my daughter had outgrown and was planning to go through them to sort the sizes before packing them up to give away. I had gone to take my daughter to school that morning and when I came back, Ginger had them sorted for me, all over the living room floor. She’s a lot of fun and I’m sure she’ll grow out of this stage eventually but although she’s not yet two, I’d still say she’s going through the ‘terrible twos.’ Both are our babies and we couldn’t imagine life without them! Just like the saying goes (a dog is man’s best friend); they really are our best friends and a part of our family! Always remember to treasure your pets; that’s one friend you’ll have for life!