The Smartest Dog Breeds in America

Dogs are America’s favorite pets, and nearly 50 million households have one or more. They are great companions and can be playmates, hard workers, shepherds, and guardians. But some types of dogs are, frankly, smarter than others – and to put it bluntly, who wants a stupid dog?

Smart dogs definitely have practical advantages: They’re usually easier to train, and often more engaging and fun. The only downside, if you can call it that, is that they may also need more mental stimulation.

To find out which dog breeds are considered the smartest, 24/7 Pace consulted a list of the smartest canines made by the. has been published American Kennel Club (AKC). It’s a remarkably diverse range in every way. There are breeds from Africa and Australia, from Alaska and the Alps. There are breeds that can hunt bears and breeds that just fit in your pocket. (If this idea appeals to you, see our list of the smallest dog breeds in the USA)

The dogs also span the centuries, from the Rottweiler, with a history that dates back to the Roman Empire, and the Chinook, bred in the early 20th century. There’s also the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka, which you may never have heard of and which is almost extinct. And of course the Labrador Retriever, which serves not only as a pet but also as a guide dog and in search and rescue. It’s America’s most popular breed – which suggests we might be pretty smart too. These are the 50 most popular dog breeds in America.

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