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Choosing A Dog Breed: 10 Dog Breeds That Are Naturally Smart – Parent Herald

By Ellainie Calangian / Mar 16, 2016 06:30 AM EDT

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Dogs are not only lovable and loyal but they are also smart and intelligent. You'll be surprised on dog breeds that are highly intelligent and can even work with humans and animals. Each of this dog breed has its own way on how to display its intelligence.

American Kennel Club and Rover listed the following 10 smartest dogs among the other breeds:

1.  Border Collie

Border Collie tops the most intelligent dog breed. This is because it works hard as it is described as "workaholic." It can herd livestock particularly the sheep. It is not only highly intelligent but also obedient. It is also energetic, athletic and acrobatic.

2.  Poodle

This cute and small dog breed yet second in rank of the smartest dog originates in Germany. It is a kind of water dog. It is also obedient and agile. It can do tracking and herding.

3.   German Shepherd Dog

Shepherd Dog is known as "military dog." Originally, German shepherd herds a sheep just like Border Collie. Hence, because of their intelligence, agility, obedience and trainability they work as police and military dog, search and rescue dog, disability assistance dog and acting dog.

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4.  Golden Retriever

The Golden retriever is easy to train in any obedience standards. It got its name "retriever" because it is capable of retrieving shot game undamaged. It can also do hunting, detecting, search and rescue and guide the blind.

5.  Doberman Pinscher

Doberman Pinscher is athletic, agile and obedient. It is also intelligent, a loyal companion and a guard dog.

6.  Shetland Sheepdog

This dog breed is also known as "Sheltie." It is a herding dog. It is highly intelligent, energetic and workaholic.

7.   Labrador Retriever

Labrador is one of the most popular dog breeds in the US and the UK. It can aid the blind and autistic. It also performs detection and screening work for law enforcement and official agencies.

8.  Papillon

This dog breed is also referred to as Continental Toy Spaniel. It can learn new tricks easily. It is friendly with children and strangers. It is also affectionate and playful.

9.  Bloodhound

Originally Bloodhound hunts for deer and wild boar. It also tracks people. It can discern human scent in far distances. That is why it is used by law enforcement and police for tracking.

10.  Rottweiler

Rottweilers have also been used for herding before. The dog breed is now being used as a guide dog, police dog, as well as a search and rescue dog.

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