Labrador Retrievers, Poodles + 8 More Super-Smart Dog Breeds

Want a dog that's easy to train? Check out the 10 brainiest breeds (11 Photos)

Lisa Bilestska on Aug 23, 2013 at 1:02PM

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Labrador Retrievers, Poodles + 8 More Super-Smart Dog Breeds

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Smartest Dog Breeds

Any dog can be a loyal friend, and rightfully called man’s best. Yet some are the sort who’ll faithfully fetch your slippers, while other friends make a meal of your favorite pumps. Genetics aren’t everything, but if dog whispering isn’t your strong point, you should consider a breed that’s easy to train.

In his bestselling “Intelligence of Dogs," scientist Stanley Coren ranks breeds according to their obedience and working intelligence, ones known to remember new habits after just a few exposures. Check out the reigning 10.

Border Collie
As per their job description, Border Collies tend to herd people and objects, but with proper training prove obedient companions. Their distinctly energetic and alert natures require some forethought regarding space to run around in. Owners will typically spend their weekends on moderately long walks, followed by a coat brushing session, which, by the way, comes in merle, sable, and solid, and multicolored patterns.

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