Dogs are incredibly smart animals, and they're not just limited to learning and obeying commands. As pack animals, dogs understand social structure and obligations, are able to learn how to behave within their pack and also train their pups through corrective behavior when they step out of line, Science Daily noted.
Still not convinced? There are countless stories of dogs performing heroic acts to save their owners. The question is, are some breeds smarter than others? Psychologist Stanley Coren, author of "The Intelligence of Dogs" believes so.
After surveying almost 200 dog-obedience judges, Coren determined what the smartest dog breeds are according to specific traits including instincts, obedience, and ability to adapt, Good Housekeeping noted. Here is a look at the top 7 smartest dog breeds:
7. Labrador Retriever
There is a reason why labs are commonly used as service dogs. They can assist people with visual and hearing impairments and help out with specific tasks. They also make wonderful pets.
6. Shetland Sheepdog
These canine pals are affectionate, loyal, obedient, agile, and have incredible herding abilities. Shetland Sheepdogs, or "Shelties," are also often used as service and therapy dogs as well as medical alert dogs, The American Kennel Club noted.
5. Doberman Pinscher
4. Golden Retriever
Possibly the most loved dog breed, the Golden Retriever is loyal, loving, quirky, and exceptionally intelligent. How smart are these canine pals? Aside from making excellent service dogs, Golden Retrievers have been known to lend a helping … paw. One Golden Retriever has been working as a delivery dog for several stores in her neighborhood, Elite Readers reported.
3. German Shepherds
The poodle is often overlooked when it comes to intelligence, but these wet-nosed critters frequently top the list of smartest breeds. They are ranked right up there in terms of working intelligence, while their lively, fun, and energetic nature also makes them great pets.
1. Border Collie
These worker dogs are playful and full of energy, making them the ideal family pet, but there is more to this breed than its temperament. Border Collies are exceptionally intelligent — Josie Conlon of Durham, England, can testify to that. If it were not for her collie Ted, she may not be alive. Her smart canine friend was able to sniff out that Conlon had breast cancer, The Telegraph noted. Thanks to Ted, the grade 3 tumor was caught in time and removed.