What Are the Top 10 Most Intelligent Dog Breeds?

The top 10 most intelligent dog breeds include Shetland sheep dogs, doberman pinschers, golden retrievers, border collies and poodles, according to Women's Day. Other dogs Women's Day listed in the top 10 based on intelligence include rottweilers, German shepherds, labrador retrievers, Australian cattle dogs and papillons.

The level of a dog's intelligence helps to indicate how easy the dog is to train and how much attention the dog typically requires. Shetland sheep dogs are bred to wrangle cattle and sheep, so the animals must have a high level of brain function. The level of intelligence and great skill range that is possessed by doberman pinschers makes them easy to train. The intelligence displayed by golden retrievers is typically seen in their ability to obey their master's commands and their ability to learn and perform tricks.

Border collies are typically see as one of the most intelligent dog breeds, often showcasing their abilities at dog shows and farms. The high IQ of poodles also makes them a excellent choice for dog shows because they are easy to train and the are always willing to learn new tricks. Rottweilers and German shepherds are both breeds that exhibit a great willingness to be trained. Their intelligence and loyalty also makes both breeds excellent guard dogs.