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According to psychologists, these are the most intelligent breeds of dogs

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It is not easy to evaluate a dog's intelligence.

As the psychologist Stanley Coren wrote back in the 90s, there is adaptive intelligence (figuring things out for yourself), working intelligence (following orders) and instinctive intelligence (innate talents) - but these are not the only ones, because there is still spatial intelligence, social Intelligence and much more.

Animal behavior expert Frans de Waal said humans are more likely to judge the intelligence of animals in limited and unfair conditions and often botch the experiment.

As laboratories at Yale and Duke Universities and around the world research this question, we have at least one yardstick: working intelligence.

In his book, "The Intelligence of Dogs," Coren presented the results of a long survey of 199 judges of obedient dogs. The responses, he said, were impressively consistent.

Here we show you what he found out:

ROYAL CLASS- The most intelligent working dogs tend to learn a new command in less than five repetitions and obey at least 95 percent of the time.

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1. Border Collie
2. Poodle
3. German Shepherd Dog
4. Golden Retriever
5. Doberman Pinscher
6. Shetland Sheepdog
7. Labrador Retriever
8. Papillon
9. Rottweiler
10. Australian Cattle Dog

SECOND GRADE- excellent working dogs who tend to learn new commands in five to 15 prompts and obey 85 percent of all cases.

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11. Welsh Corgi Pembroke
12. Miniature Schnauzer
13. English Springer Spaniel
14. Belgian Tervueren
T15. Schipperke
T15. Belgian shepherd dog
T17. collie
T17. Wolfspitz
19. German Shorthaired Pointer
T20. Flat Coated Retriever
T20. English Cocker Spaniel
T20. Medium Schnauzer
23. Epagneul Breton
T24. Cocker spaniel
T24. Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
26. Weimaraner
T27. Belgian Malinois
T27. Bernese Mountain Dog
29. Pomeranian
30. Irish Water Spaniel
31. Short-haired Hungarian pointing dog
32.Welsh Corgi Cardigan

THIRD GRADE- Above-average dogs who have a tendency to learn a new command 15-25 repetitions and obey 70 percent of the time.

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T33. Chesapeake Bay Retriever
T33. Puli
T33. Yorkshire Terrier
T36. Giant schnauzer
T36. Portuguese water dog
T36. Airedale
T36. Bouvier des Flandres
T40. Border terrier
T40. Briard
42nd Welsh Springer Spaniel
43. Manchester Terrier
44. Samoyed
T45. Field Spaniel
T45. Newfoundland
T45. Australian Terrier
T45. American Staffordshire Terrier
T45. Gordon Setter
T45. Bearded Collie
T51. American Eskimo Dog
T51. Cairn Terrier
T51. Kerry blue terrier
T51. Irish setter
55. Norwegian Elkhound
T56. Affenpinscher
T56. Silky Terrier
T56. Miniature Pinscher
T56. English setter
T56. Pharaoh Hound
T56. Clumber Spaniel
62. Norwich Terrier

FOURTH GRADEAverage working dogs who have a tendency to learn a new trick after 25 to 40 tries and obey at least 50 percent of the time.


T64. Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
T64. Bedlington Terrier
T64. Smooth-haired Fox Terrier
T67. Curly Coated Retriever
T67. Irish Wolfhound
T69. Kuvasz
T69. Australian Shepherd
T71. Saluki
T71. Finnish Spitz
T71. pointer
T74. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
T74. German Wirehaired Pointer
T74. Black and Tan Coonhound
T74. American Water Spaniel
T78. Siberian Husky
T78. Bichon Frize
T78. English Toy Spaniel
T81. Tibetan Spaniel
T81. English Foxhound
T81. Otterhound
T81. American foxhound
T81. Greyhound
T81. Harrier
T81. Parson Russel Terrier
T81. Korthals
T89. West Highland White Terrier
T89. Havanese
T89. Scottish deer dog
T92. boxer
T92. German Mastiff
T94. Dachshund
T94. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
T94. Shiba Inu
97. Malamute
T98. Whippet
T98. Chinese Shar-Pei
T98. Wirehaired Fox Terrier
101. Rhodesian Ridgeback
T102. Podenco Ibicenco
T102. Welsh Terrier
T102. Irish Terrier
T105. Boston Terrier
T105. Akita

FIFTH GRADE- fair working dogs who tend to learn a new command 40 to 80 repetitions and obey 40 percent of all cases.

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107. Skye terrier
T108. Norfolk Terrier
T108. Sealyham Terrier
110. Pug
111. French bulldog
T112. Belgian dwarf griffon
T112. Maltese Terrier
114. Italian Greyhound
115. Chinese crested dog
T116. Dandie Dinmont Terrier
T116. Vendeen
T116. Tibetan Terrier
T116. Japan Chin
T116. Lakeland Terrier
121. Old English Sheepdog
122. Great Pyrenees
T123. Scottish Terrier
T123. St. Bernard
T125. Bull terrier
T125. Petite Basset Griffon
T125. Vendeen
128. Chihuahua
129. Lhasa Apso
130. Bullmastiff

SIXTH GRADE- the least effective dogs that learn a new trick after more than 100 repetitions and obey about 30 percent of the time

131. Shih Tzu
132.Basset Hound
T133. Mastiff
T133. beagle
135. Pekingese
136. Bloodhound
137. Borzoi
138. Chow chow
139. Bulldog
140. Basenji
141. Afghan Hound

Again: there are exceptions. In his book, Coren talks about a trainer who managed to win several obedience competitions with Staffordshire Bull Terriers (# 94).

There are of course several ways in which one can measure intelligence.

Coren told us about a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Terrier (# 24) that he owned that was sometimes too intelligent for competition.

"He was so intelligent and alert that he could read my every move, head tilt, and even the direction I was facing as an instruction," he wrote in an email. “That made it very difficult for me to take part in obedience competitions with him, because he could for example interpret a look in the direction of the high jump as an order and then he would run, of course make the jump beautiful, but nonetheless that would disqualify us from the rest of the competition. "

De Waal defended the Afghan Hound in his book (No. 141). He said that they might not be simplistic, but rather stubborn free thinkers who don't like to follow orders.

"Afghan hounds," he wrote, "are perhaps more like cats that do not obey anyone."