A list of the most intelligent dogs, based on obedience and working tests, is available on WebMD. The top 10 most intelligent dogs include border collies, poodles, German shepherds, golden retrievers, and Doberman pinschers.
These dog breeds were analysed by a study at the University of British Columbia, using trainability as a marker for intelligence. Most of these breeds come from hunting, herding or retrieving backgrounds and are eager to please. While scent hounds and livestock herding dogs are intelligent, many are less eager to please and learn commands. Veterinary behaviorists remind potential dog owners that an intelligent dog does not necessarily mean an easy dog to live with. Many of these breeds are high energy and get into trouble if not exercised regularly.
The border collie is the most intelligent of dog species, with an amazing work ethic, instinct and intelligence levels. Poodles are a retriever valued for their intelligence and high activity levels. The German Shepherd is well-known for its value in police and military forces.
Golden retrievers are especially eager to please and intelligent, and are commonly used as a guide dog. Dobermans are well-known for their speed and stamina, and are also highly valued by police forces. Labrador retrievers are gentle yet intelligent dogs. Rottweilers work in a variety of different settings, including the military and medical fields.