Dogs: The Most Popular and Smartest Breeds and Where to Find Your Friend



Believe it or not, there are 500 dog breeds around the world

Most of these dog breeds are only known in their own country or region. Some dogs are perfect companion dogs, others as sheepdogs, sled dogs or rescue dogs. Let’s find out which are the most popular breeds and maybe you will find your new four-legged friend.

The Most Popular Dogs

1. Labrador Retriever

The first thing we can mention about Labrador Retrievers is that they are warm and smart dogs. Also, they are happy and sociable; those are characteristics that will immediately steal your heart.

2. German Shepherd

This is the perfect dog breed for those that need a loyal partner and a hard working dog. They have a balanced temperament. German Shepherds take their tasks very seriously.

3. Beagle

The Beagle is a sweet, warm, sensitive, and playful dog. It is the perfect pet dog for children. Keep in mind that it is not mainly a companion dog, but its natural instincts are those of a hunting dog.

4. Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is a companion dog suitable for apartments and a favorite choice for elders and families. The Yorkshire enjoys to cuddle up in its owner’s arms or couch. It is an active and playful dog, but it does not really like long walks.

5. Boxer

The Boxer is one of the most playful dog breeds. For this reason it is the perfect dog for children. It can adapt to any family.

6. Poodle

The Poodle is known for being one of the smartest breeds in the world. The Poodle is a fast learner, cheerful, active, sociable and kind dog. It is extremely loyal and warm, always willing to please its owner; that is why they are easy to train.

7. Siberian Husky

As all northern dog breeds, the Siberian Husky has a special temperament, it is a sensitive and smart dog, but a little stubborn. The Siberian Husky is also docile and loving with its owner.

8. Chihuahua

This is a very smart and cheerful dog breed that can easily remember everything, one of the main reasons the Chihuahua is easy to train. It is a very adaptable dog that can be taken anywhere because of its small size.

9. Dobermann

Because of their aspect many people are afraid of this wonderful dog breed. The Dobermann is actually one of the sweetest and warmest dogs that can exist. If you own one, its presence will fill your days with joy and companionship.

10. English Bulldog

Bulldogs have a peaceful temperament despite originally being raised for the bull-baiting (a blood sport with bulls and dogs). They are patient and tolerant with everybody: children, strangers and other dogs. However they could develop a strong temperament, especially with other male dogs.

Dogs: The Smartest Dog Breeds According to Stanley Coren

Which are the smartest dog breeds? Author Stanley Coren has made a comprehensive list of dogs ranked by intelligence. Dogs intelligence has been a matter of debate for years. Coren’s list of dog’s intelligence goes beyond a simple objective observation, he elaborates a detailed classification of the smartest dog breeds according to different aspects.

Stanley Coren is a professor of canine psychology at the University of British Columbia. He studied dogs’ mental abilities for years. He became famous when he published the book The Intelligence of Dogs, a best-seller translated to 26 different languages.

Coren defines different aspects of a dog’s intelligence based on the dog’s ability to learn and execute commands, perform tasks and solve problems.

At the top we can find the Border Collie, a herding dog, used to guide sheep usually by its own, this task contributed to this breed’s ability to solve problems.

Herding dogs require coordination with the herder and other dogs; the Border Collie has developed intuition and an ability to immediately understand signals and commands.

Among the first places we can find the Poodle and the German Shepherd. The complete list in order of intelligence is:

  1. Border Collie
  2. Poodle
  3. German Shepherd
  4. Golden Retriever
  5. Dobermann
  6. Shetland Shepherd
  7. Labrador Retriever
  8. Papillon
  9. Rottweiler
  10. Australian Shepherd
  11. Welsh Corgi Pembroke
  12. Miniature Schnauzer
  13. English Springer Spaniel
  14. Belgian Shepherd
  15. Schipperke
  16. Collie and Keeshond
  17. German Shorthaired Pointer
  18. Flat-coated Retriever and English Cocker Spaniel
  19. Schnauzer
  20. American Cocker Spaniel
  21. Weimaraner
  22. Belgian Malinois and Bernese Mountain Dog
  23. Pomeranian Dog
  24. Irish Water Spaniel
  25. Vizsla
  26. Cardigan Welsh Corgi
  27. Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Puli Dog and Yorkshire Terrier
  28. Giant Schnauzer and Portuguese Water Dog
  29. Border Terrier and Briard
  30. Welsh Springer Spaniel
  31. Manchester Terrier
  32. Samoyed Dog
  33. Field Spaniel, Newfoundland Dog, Australian Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Gordon Setter and Bearded Collie
  34. Cairn Terrier, Kerry Blue Terrier and Irish Setter
  35. Norwegian Elkhound
  36. Affenpinscher, Australian Silky Terrier, Miniature Pinscher, English Setter, Pharaoh Hound and Clumber Spaniel
  37. Norwich Terrier
  38. Dalmatian
  39. Soft-coated Wheaten Terrier, Bedlington Terrier and Fox Terrier
  40. Curly-coated Retriever and Irish Wolfhound
  41. Kuvasz
  42. Saluki, Finnish Spitz and Pointer
  43. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, German Wirehaired Pointer, Black and Tan Coonhound and American Water Spaniel
  44. Siberian Husky and Bichon Frise
  45. Tibetan Spaniel, English Foxhound, Otterhound, American Foxhound, Greyhound and some Griffons
  46. West Highland White Terrier and Scottish Deerhound
  47. Boxer and Great Dane
  48. Dachshund and Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  49. Alaskan Malamute
  50. Whippet and Shar Pei
  51. Rhodesian Ridgeback
  52. Ibizan Hound, Welsh Terrier and Irish Terrier
  53. Boston Terrier and Akita
  54. Skye Terrier
  55. Norfolk Terrier and Sealyham Terrier
  56. Pug
  57. French Bulldog
  58. Belgian Griffon and Maltese Dog
  59. Italian Greyhound
  60. Chinese Crested Dog
  61. Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, Tibetan Terrier, Japanese Chin and Lakeland Terrier
  62. Old English Sheepdog
  63. Pyrenean Sheepdog
  64. Scottish Terrier and St. Bernard Dog
  65. Bull Terrier
  66. Chihuahua
  67. Lhasa Apso
  68. Bullmastiff
  69. Shih Tzu
  70. Basset Hound
  71. Some Mastiffs and Beagle
  72. Pekingese
  73. Bloodhound
  74. Borzoi
  75. Chow Chow
  76. Bulldog
  77. Basenji
  78. Afghan Hound

If you have fallen in love with one of the dogs in this article, you can go and find your new four-legged friend, who is certainly waiting for you.


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