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.
If you’re interested in looking at the most popular smart dog breeds, see Top 10 Smartest Dog Breeds.
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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.
Australian Cobberdogs are loving and highly intelligent dogs that descend from the original Labradoodles. They work as therapy and assistance dogs.
Kelpies are intelligent, active and energetic medium size dogs that are popular working dogs on Australian farms. They are intensely loyal and tireless workers that always need a job to do.
Aussie Shepherds are medium size dogs with a huge amount of energy and drive. This breed is ideal for an active family because they love plenty of exercise and most of all they love to work.
Border Collies are extremely smart and energetic working dogs that have become popular family pets. They require considerable physical and mental stimulation.
Rough Collies, also known as Long-Haired Collies, are a medium-large sized dog that were originally bred for herding.
Dobermanns are loyal, affectionate and intelligent large sized dogs. Very energetic and highly trainable, they make great companions for active, experienced owners, as well as excellent watch dogs.
German Shepherd Dogs are smart and energetic large sized dogs that are popular with active families. They have a unique instinct to protect and are superb watchdogs.
Golden Retrievers are smart and friendly large-sized dogs that are very popular with families. They are highly trainable, love people and make great companions.
Labradors are sociable, intelligent and energetic large size dogs that are extremely popular with families. They are highly trainable, love people and make great companions and assistance dogs.
The Papillon is small, fine boned, energetic dog that is also known as the Continental toy Spaniel or Dwarf Spaniels.
Rottweilers are loyal, brave and smart large dogs that are devoted to their owners and make excellent guard dogs. Despite some negative publicity in the media, they are not generally dangerous dogs.