#1 Border Collie: a premier sheep herder who lives to work, the Border Collie needs something to do to be happy. Known for its agility, speed, and obedience this breed learns new tricks quickly, loves to be with people and is always seen at sport competitions, Flyball and Frisbee games.
#2 Poodle: Poodles come in all sizes and despite the sometimes frivolous-looking haircut they are some of the smartest dogs around. Used for hunting, rescue and performing, they love to be around people and are very protective.
#3 German Shepherd: they may look tough and mean but German Shepherds are loving, obedient and protective. They are trained as police dogs, rescue dogs and even work overseas with the military.
#4 Golden Retriever: intelligent and eager to please, Golden Retrievers are popular family dogs as well as hunting companions that can find and retrieve waterfowl and game.They are very patient, easy to train and are often used as search and rescue dogs.
#5 Doberman: known for their stamina and speed, Dobermans were trained to be police dogs, guard dogs and watch dogs. They are loving, protective and loyal, yet tough and ferocious when necessary.
#6 Shetland Sheepdog: Smart and alert, Shelties are miniature working Collies used to herd sheep and keep pests out of gardens.
#7 Labrador Retriever: Loving, obedient and patient, Labs are one of the most popular breeds and make ideal family pets. Originally trained to hunt waterfowl, they are now used as bomb or drug sniffing dogs and help the disabled especially the blind.
#8 Papillion: A happy, alert breed that is neither timid nor aggressive, these smart, charming dogs were once adored by aristocrats. They are good watch dogs with a keen sense of hearing (well, just look at those ears).
#9 Rottweiller: Robust and powerful, with strong jaws and teeth, Rotties are suitable as police dogs, as well as protective, devoted companions however they can be mis-trained to be vicious, mean dogs.
#10 Australian Cattle Dog: known for their high energy level and intelligence, these medium size dogs have been herding cattle and not just in Australia, since the 19th century. They are very active and love having a job to do.
Remember through, sometimes the smartest dogs don't make the best pets. Choose the breed that best suits your lifestyle and personality. If you’re looking for a dog that will herd your sheep and cattle, you’ll want one that is on the more intelligent side. If you’re looking for a couch potato to sit and cuddle with every day, the more laid back type may be better for you. And just as with people, there are always variations and personality differences within the same breed. Besides, even if you think you have a “dumb dog” it’s no reflection on your family tree.