According to S. Coren, author of “The Intelligence of Dogs”, there are three types of dog intelligence:
- Adaptive Intelligence (learning and problem-solving ability)
- Instinctive Intelligence
- Working /Obedience Intelligence
The first two intelligence’s are individual dog specific, whereas Working / Obedience Intelligence can be applied to a whole breed. Below are the top ten and bottom ten dog breeds measured by this intelligence.
Most intelligent dogs
These breeds on average require less than 5 repetitions to understand a new command. They obey first commands 95 % of the time or better.
With 1) being the most intelligent:
Least intelligent dogs
Require more than 80 repetitions to understand a new command. Obey first commands less than 25 % of the time.
With the least intelligent breed at number 10: