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These Are The Most Intelligent Dog Breeds, According To Research

Not all dogs share the same level of intelligence, but before you ridicule a golden retriever for its dopey demeanor (or for licking a piece of its own poop), you should know that it's not as dopey as it may seem. Golden retrievers are among the smartest dog breeds, at least according to the American Kennel Club, which released a list of which dogs have the highest rates of intelligence.

In The Intelligence of Dogs, neuropsychologist Stanley Coren, PhD, measures the trainability of man's best friend as a marker of intelligence. Thought trainability varies from animal to animal; purebred dogs were created to have a few inherent qualities, many of which involve following commands, judgment and eagerness to work. The professor studied over 110 breeds that were judged by over 200 professional dog obedience judges to craft their list of top dogs. The most intelligent dog breeds understood new commands after only five or fewer repeats, and obeyed new commands 95%. 

A lot of these dogs aren't just popular pets, but they're hardworking dogs with specific skillsets.  Others have saved lives in dire situations like during the September 11th terrorist attacks: in some cases, smart dogs with military jobs wind up outranking their human counterparts (they're just that gifted!).

Dogs are some of the most intelligent animal on the planet, and these pups are the best and the brightest of the bunch – the ultimate Good Boys.