Smartest Dog Breeds
The smartest dogs in the world tend to be amongst Australia’s favourites. Regardless of the original role these bright pups were bred for, they’ve all found a special place in our hearts and homes.
Intelligence in dog breeds can refer to many characteristics. Some dog breeds are easier to train and listen well to commands while others make great working dogs who are able to herd livestock.
To make the task of choosing your perfect dog easier, we have put together a list of the most popular smart dog breeds in Australia. You will find comprehensive information about each dog breed and can learn more about their history, characteristics, temperament, common conditions and lots of other interesting facts.
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Australian Cattle Dog
Blue Heelers and Red Heelers are also known as Australian Cattle dogs. These sturdy medium sized dogs have been used as working dogs on farms and cattle stations.
In Australian slang, a cobber is a ‘mate’, and the name Cobberdog was chosen because it means ‘dog-friend’, referring to the breed’s primary purpose as a therapy and assistance dog.
The Australian Kelpie is a medium-sized dog originally bred for droving and mustering livestock. They are skilled and intelligent dogs with a rich history in Australia.
The Border Collie is one of the world’s smartest and most popular dog breeds. Originally developed as a herding dog because of its intelligence and obedience, the Border Collie is a medium-sized dog known for its friendly temperament.
Rough Collies, also known as Long-Haired Collies, are a medium-large sized dog that were originally bred for herding.
The Doberman Pinscher (usually referred to simply as “Doberman”) is a large, domestic dog named after its creator, Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann.
The German Shepherd is a large working dog that originated in, you guessed it, Germany. A low-maintenance breed, the German Shepherd is the 3rd most popular breed in Australia according to Australian Geographic.
The Labrador Retriever (known simply as the Labrador) is the most popular breed of dog in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the USA and Canada.
The Papillon is small, fine boned, energetic dog that is also known as the Continental toy Spaniel or Dwarf Spaniels.
The Poodle is a small and lively domesticated dog, known for its thick, tightly curled coat and enthusiastic nature.
The Rottweiler (a.k.a. “Rottie”) is a loyal, courageous and smart dog breed who is known for its unwavering devotion to its owners, whom they will defend at all costs.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a small to medium-sized herding dog. Armed with a thick, long-haired coat, the Shetland Sheep dog comes in a variety of colours, including blue merle, sable and tri-colour.