Dogs are one of the best companions for humans. They are able to offer friendship to humans and to their fellow animals. With each breed’s unique and endearing qualities, there is no doubt that these animals are considered the best friends humanity ever had.
Aside from their lovable and quirky characteristics, dogs are also known for their intelligence. From doing tricks and developing their own smart habits, they are definitely one of the smartest animals in the world. They even show emotional intelligence!
However, different dog breeds have varying levels of intelligence. Wondering what varieties are known as the smartest ones? Here is a list of the most intelligent breeds ranked according to their prices.
10. German Shepherd
Price: $500 to $1,500
The second most popular out of the 195 known dog breeds, German Shepherds are known to be confident and brave, not to mention, smart. They belong to the herding group, which means that they are great for tending cattle and sheep.
Aside from working on farms, these animals are suited for general purpose training. This is why you can find German Shepherds working as police, medical and disability assistance, and therapy dogs.
9. Golden And Labrador Retrievers
Price: $500 to $3,000
Popular breeds in the United States, Golden and Labrador Retrievers are known for being family-friendly varieties. They are known for being smart, especially as they are quick to learn. Combined with their high energy levels and focus, they are definitely easy to train.
While these two breeds look extremely similar, they have key differences. Golden Retrievers have coats that are, you guessed it, golden. Meanwhile, Labrador Retrievers can have black, brown and yellow coats. Goldens can have long and wavy fur while Labs typically have short coats.
8. Border Collie
Price: $600 to $4,500
Considered the smartest dogs, Border Collies are often regarded as the “overachiever” of all breeds. Generally, they can be as smart as children are at three years old or even more! They are also known to be fast learners and are extremely driven.
Because they are sheepdogs, they can usually be trained for general purposes. Their energy levels can also go above and beyond, making them some of the most energetic and athletic of all breeds. Just make sure to give them plenty of exercises to burn off excess energy.
Price: $700 to $5,500
Inquisitive, independent and friendly, Bloodhounds are some of the most determined dogs in the world. They are characterized by their droopy face and ears. Make no mistake, though, as they are some of the fiercest scent trackers.
Their senses are so keen that they are also known as “sleuth hounds.” When it comes to finding lost things or individuals, they are the most reliable dogs. No wonder Trusty from Lady and the Tramp is named so!
6. Shetland Sheepdog
Price: $800 to $1,000
The Shetland Sheepdog is usually seen as a reserved breed. However, they are really just quiet, graceful and independent animals. With sharp observation skills, Shelties can learn a lot. They are always eager to learn and watch closely for signals from humans.
Despite seeming standoffish, Shelties are actually playful and energetic. They are known to be attentive to humans’ needs and behaviors, allowing them to form bonds with their owners. They are closely related to Border Collies, making them almost as smart as the Collies.
5. Jack Russell Terrier
Price: $800 to $2,500
Jack Russell Terriers are known for being courageous and attentive. These small-sized dogs are sharp and energetic, but can cause headaches to their owners because they are also stubborn. In fact, their determination is geared towards getting what they want.
With their wit and stubborn-nature, they are also considered barn hunters. However, they can be hard to train as they want to move constantly. Notably, it is rewarding once you manage to train them as they are great competitors.
Price: $800 to $3,000
For these small dogs, looks can be deceiving. Papillons are toy dogs, which are extremely friendly and pretty-looking. However, don’t be fooled by their delicate appearance as they are one of the most alert and intelligent dogs around.
Named after the French word for butterfly, these animals are distinct because of their wing-like ears and coats. While friendly, they can also be stubborn, making them hard to train. But just like Jack Russell Terriers, training them can be rewarding.
3. Doberman Pinscher
Price: $1,500 to $2,500
Considered medium-sized, Doberman Pinschers are a fierce bunch, especially when it comes to guarding their owners. They look intimidating, making them good for security and protection. In fact, they are often trained as war or police dogs.
In fact, there is a War Dog Cemetery in Guam with a Doberman Pinscher statue saying “Always Faithful.” While they might look mean to some, they are actually kind and loyal animals. They are good companions and are known to be gentle with kids.
Price: $1,075 to $5,500
Known for winning dog shows, Poodles definitely deserve recognition, especially because they are easy to train. They are proud, active and elegant-looking, making them great contenders during dog shows.
Because they are highly intelligent animals, they can be trained for many dog sports events such as hunt, track, retrieve and obey. Combined with the fact that they are hypoallergenic, this breed is the 7th most popular one of all.
Price: $1,025 to $8,000
Another intimidating-looking animal, the Rottweiler is known to be confident and hard-working. They are usually used as guard, service, therapy and police dogs because of their obedience and devotion. They are also herders, making them useful on farms.
The average price of these dogs is just above $1,000, but when you go for a reputable breeder and a superior lineage, you can go as high as $8,000. This makes them not only one of the most intelligent but also one of the most expensive on this list.
Dog lovers will definitely love their fur babies no matter what their intelligence level is. However, if you are looking for easy-to-train and highly responsive breeds, then these 10 are at the top of the canine hierarchy!
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