There are limits to canine intelligence - but some dog breeds are certainly brighter than others.There are limits to canine intelligence - but some dog breeds are certainly brighter than others.
There are limits to canine intelligence - but some dog breeds are certainly brighter than others.

Dog Intelligence: Here are officially the 10 most and least clever adorable dog breeds - from smart Border Collie to dumb Bulldog 🐕

If you one of the growing number of people looking to add a puppy to your family, here are the breeds that come top of the class for intelligence – and those that may flunk their exams.

Plenty of us decided to welcome new four-legged friends into our homes in the last few years – according to Kennel Club figures dog ownership has soared to record levels.

There are a whopping 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, alongside numerous crossbreeds, so there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your family’s latest addition.

Those with active lifestyles might want to consider a larger dog, while somebody with allergies will be looking for a hypoallergenic dog.

One thing worth considering before making a decision is that certain breeds of dog are naturally more intelligent than others.

There’s even academic guidance to seek out, with Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ ranking breeds by instincts, obedience, and the ability to adapt.

That’s not to say that the less clever pups don’t make loving and loyal pets, just that if you are looking for a dog that will be easy to train, learn commands, or carry out tasks, then certain breeds should be avoided.

So, here are the 10 breeds of dog that fit at either extreme of the canine intelligence spectrum.

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