If your dog isn’t on this list, its not a smart breed

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People can hardly ever agree on dog breeds. Everyone loves their own pups, and many are adamant about the smarts of their own particular best friend. Most dogs have pretty impressive intelligence, and some are even smarter than you may realize.

According to the American Kennel Club, an organization that sets standards for breeds, there are 190 different breeds of unique dogs. Each of these breeds has its own perks and brains. There are some that have an incredible sense of smell, even to the point where a majority of their brain power is devoted to detecting odors, whereas others are more adept at learning commands and communicating with their people.

We’ve put together a list of the 30 smartest breeds, at least according to trainers and vets. We put them here in order of increasing brainpower.

The first up on our list of smart dogs is a farmhouse staple. Though it may not be a household name, it comes in at rank 27 in the American Kennel Club’s top breeds ranking.


1. Bernese Mountain Dog

The Bernese Mountain Dog is a large and impressive pooch. In adulthood they can weigh in at 100 pounds each, and this might lead some to conclude that they are dull or simple meat-heads. This is far from the truth. Just like any other big dog, Bernese Mountain Dogs need plenty of exercise. Their brains make them the ideal candidate for outdoor training.

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“Berners” are fun for the whole family, as they are known for being gentle with kids. Just don’t be alarmed if they get more attached to a single individual over anyone else.

Another big old pupper also got its brainpower working out in the sun.