The List of Smartest Dog Breeds by Stanley Coren
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Stanley Coren is a psychologist and professor who in 1994 wrote the famous book The Intelligence of Dogs. In it a world ranking of canine intelligence is established and three aspects of the intelligence of the dog are detailed:
- Instinctive intelligence: abilities that the dog possesses instinctively, such as sheepherding, guarding or company, among others.
- Adaptive intelligence: skills that dogs have to solve problems.
- Work intelligence and obedience: the ability to learn from a human being.
Do you want to know more about the list of smartest dog breeds according to Stanley Coren or the methods that were carried out to discover it? Keep reading!
Classification of dogs according to Stanley Coren:
- Border Collie
- German shepherd
- Golden Retriever
- Doberman pinscher
- Shetland Sheepdog
- Labrador Retriever
- Australian Cattle Dog
- Pembroke Welsh Corgi
- Miniature Schnauzer
- English Springer Spaniel
- Belgian shepherd
- Schipperke - Groenedael
- Keeshond the wolf spitz
- German Short Haired Braco
- Smooth-Coated Retriever - English Cocker Spaniel - Medium Schnauzer
- Breton Spaniel
- American Cocker Spaniel
- Weimar Brace
- Belgian shepherd laekenois - Belgian shepherd malinois - Bernese Sheepdog
- Irish Water Dog
- Cardigan Welsh Corgi
- Chesapeake Bay Retriever - Puli - Yorkshire Terrier
- Giant Schnauzer - Portuguese Water Dog
- Airedale - Bouvier des Flandres
- Border Terrier - Brie Shepherd
- Springer spaniel
- Manchester Terrier
- Field Spaniel - Newfoundland - Australian Terrier - American Staffordshire Terrier - Scottish Setter - Bearded Collie
- Cairn terrier - Kerry Blue Terrier / Irish Setter
- Norwegian Elkhound
- Affenpinscher - Silky Terrier - Miniature Pinscher - English Setter - Pharaon Hound - Clumber Spaniel
- Norwich terrier
- Smooth Fox Terrier - Bedlington Terrier
- Curly-coated Retriever - Irish Wolfhound
- Kuvasz, Australian Shepherd
- Saluki - Finnish Spitz
- Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - Hard-boiled German Braco - Black-and-tan Coonhound - American Water Spaniel
- Siberian Husky - Bichon Frisé - English Toy Spaniel
- Tibetan Spaniel - Foxhound English - American Foxhound - Otterhound - Greyhound - Wire-haired pointing griffon
- West Highland White Terrier - Scottish Deerhound
- Boxer - Great dane
- Teckel - Staffordshire Bull Terrier
- Alaskan Malamute
- Whippet - Shar-Pei - Wire-haired Fox Terrier
- Rhodesian Ridgeback
- Ibizan hound - Welsh Terrier - Irish Terrier
- Boston Terrier - Akita Inu
- Skye Terrier
- Norfolk Terrier - Sealhyam Terrier
- French Bulldog
- Belgian Griffon / Maltese Terrier
- Italian greyhound
- Chinese Crested Dog
- Dandie Dinmont terrier - Vendeen - Tibetan mastiff - Japanese Chin - Lakeland Terrier
- Old English shepherd
- Great Pyrenees
- Scottish Terrier - Saint Bernard
- English Bull Terrier
- Lhasa apso
- Shih Tzu
- Basset hound
- Mastiff - Beagle
- Bloodhound or San Humberto dog
- Chow chow
- English bulldog
- Afghan Hound
The classification of Stanley Coren is based on the results of different tests of work and obedience carried out by the AKC (American Kennel Club) and CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) on 199 dogs. It is important to note that not all canine breeds were included.
Thus, the list finally suggests that:
- Smarter races (1-10): comprise commands with less than 5 repetitions and generally obey the first order.
- Excellent work races (11-26): comprise new commands in 5 and 15 repetitions, usually obey 80% of the time.
- Labor races above average (27-39): comprise new orders between 15 and 25 repetitions. They usually respond in 70% of cases.
- Medium Intelligence in Work and Obedience (40-54) : These dogs need between 40 and 80 repetitions to understand an order. They respond 30% of the time.
- Low intelligence in work and obedience (55-79): They learn new orders between 80 and 100 repetitions. They do not always obey, only in 25% of cases.
Stanley Coren elaborated this list to locate the intelligence of the dogs in terms of work and obedience. However, it is not a representative result since each dog has the ability to respond better or worse, regardless of race, age or sex. Dedicated training and appropriate care will result in a well-behaved, more obedient dog.
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