The Six Smartest Dog Breeds and Why it Matters

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Smart Dog Breeds

It’s tough to measure the intelligence of a dog. Some breeds can herd sheep better than humans, whilst others have a knack for problem-solving. Some can sense how you’re feeling, and others learn commands almost instinctively after a few rounds of training. It’s really important to know what defines a smart dog. 

This may come as a shock to you, but most people generally do not want an intelligent dog. It’s rather strange, but as it turns out, smarter dogs are generally harder to train. Intelligent dogs require more stimulation than regular dogs. They learn quickly and in turn, get bored quickly as well. 

It is encouraged to have at least three training sessions a week to recap what they’ve learnt and to teach them new tricks. Taking them on daily walks is a must, and they can tell when you’re not putting your heart into playtime. An activity, which, of course, would definitely help you lead a healthier and happier lifestyle with all that sweating!

Smart dogs can also tell if you’re faking it. So, being honest and forming a close intimate bond with them is essential to maintain mutual trust and respect. Depending on the kind of person you are and what sort of dog you’re looking for to fit into your daily life, these dogs might not be the ones for you. However, if you love a challenge and having a purpose, they can be the best of friends! Here is a countdown of some of the most intelligent dogs out there: 


Most people picture these dogs as massive units of muscle - and only muscle, but don’t let these guard dogs fool you! Rottweilers historically began working as cattle drovers. This is why till today, they have retained their sharp minds to overcome obstacles and follow orders. They are also very proud dogs and may not take training too seriously, but once you commit proper time to get to know your dog, they become one of the most loyal and friendly dogs out there.

Australian Cattle Dog

Next up on the list happens to be an Aussie! The name says it all as these dogs were bred to herd cattle on large and extensive farmlands. However, these days they are better known as fantastic companion dogs. Just take note as an owner though, that they will require an ample amount of space to run and perhaps a task or two to keep them occupied throughout the day, particularly when left alone. 

Labradors and Golden Retrievers

Labradors and Golden Retrievers are some of Australia’s most popular dog breeds. It’s no surprise since they are insanely smart! They have a calm and gentle demeanour which makes for them often being used as therapy dogs or guide dogs. The training process to be a service dog can require a lot of effort, but most Labradors learn household commands with little issue at all. 

Note: Their eyes are ALWAYS bigger than their stomachs, so remember always to portion their food for each meal and be cautious of overfeeding them throughout the day!


If you have ever seen a Poodle in the park, their appearance on the list may come as a bit of a surprise. Historically, Poodles were bred to retrieve water game, such as ducks and are really some of the most impressive water retrievers amongst canines. However, these days, prized Poodles can be found in obedience competitions more than hunting grounds. A nice bonus with these dogs is that they don’t shed fur - which means less vacuuming for you!

Australian Kelpie

As far as personalities go, the Australian Kelpie is probably the cheekiest of them all! A true reflection of its Australian roots as it also has a fantastic sense of humour. As working dogs, they are versatile, alert, able to learn a vast amount but are also independent thinkers. They have exceptionally high IQ levels and, if left to their own devices, they can get into a whole lot of mischief. 

 “Kelpies love receiving lots of tender loving care and become restless when there is a lack of attention.”

Keep a Kelpie engaged and occupied through plenty of exercise, and they’ll thrive. They love receiving lots of tender loving care and become restless when there is a lack of attention. They are also known as ‘velcro’ dogs and stick to their humans wherever they go, be it lounging around or going for a run. Kelpies can be shy with strangers which makes them good watchdogs.

Border Collie

Ask anyone who has ever met, owned or cared for a Border Collie and it would come as no surprise that they are often ranked number one on dog intelligence lists. In 2010, a Border Collie named Chaser showed how smart they could be by proving that she could not only distinguish nouns and categories but also understand over 1000 nouns in her lifetime. This made her officially the smartest dog in the world. They never fall short of a gold medal in obedience competitions, and you can expect a Border Collie to learn a command in less than five repetitions. They really are one of the most impressive dogs out there. 

If your dog is too smart for their own good, or you simply need some additional help training them, a quality, well-calibrated dog training e-collar is an excellent and safe tool. Dog Gear offers trusted electronic dog training collars, utilising warning tones to prompt your pup safely. With free Australian shipping and same-day dispatch, our products will be with you fast. Follow us on Facebook for the latest advice, updates and dog training tips.

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