10 smartest dog breeds that love a challenge

Although certain breeds are smarter than others, all dogs are different, just like people. Some breeds are better at problem-solving or learning new vocabulary, while others are better at socializing.

1. Border Collie

Border Collies are smart dogs, learning cues quickly and understanding daily routines. This breed excels at herding, agility, and obedience.

2. German Shepherd

German Shepherds, the second most popular dog in the US, are clever, bold, and confident. This breed is loyal and will die for its loved ones.

3. Papillon

Pap learns orders and routines quickly. They adore tricks and are great agility dogs.

4. Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retrievers thrive in families with lots of people to adore. These energetic, social sportsmen excel in water sports and fetch.

5. Australian Shepherd

The cowboy's herding dog, the Australian Shepherd, is sharp and energetic. Aussies love to round up animals and people, whether they're cattle, birds, or young children.

6. Poodle

Poodles aren't just pretty faces. German poodles were bred for bird hunting and water retrieving. The Poodle is affectionate and quick to learn agility and obedience.

7. Rottweiler

Rotties are smart, trainable, and eager to learn. They excel in several team sports.

8. Doberman Pinscher

Modern Dobermans are more docile than their ancestors and make great household dogs and distant employees.

9. Shetland Sheepdog

Shelties tend to be caring and affectionate dogs that have a good feel of the moods of those surrounding them and show their excitement via plenty of happy barking.

10. Corgi

Corgis, like other herding dogs, are clever and trainable. They learn agility and obedience well and follow directions well. They can also think for themselves, especially while herding.

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