Smartest Dog Breeds

Dog intelligence, just like human intelligence, varies by individual, but some breeds are known for being fast learners. Some of the most intelligent dogs are those bred to do specific jobs, such as hunting, herding and retrieving.

These breeds quickly catch on to their owners’ commands, have a good memory and sense of direction, and easily adapt to different situations. Intelligent dogs also have the ability to focus and solve problems.   

The smartest dog breeds make excellent companions for people who like to spend a lot of time with their dog. Intelligent dogs enjoy practicing obedience commands or learning tricks with their owners. Smart dogs, however, can become destructive when they are bored. 

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