World’s Smarter Dogs According to Stanley Coren

Stanley Corené is a psychologist and teacher who in 1994 wrote the famous book The Intelligence of Dogs. In Portuguese the book is known as ” The intelligence of dogs “. Nele presented a world ranking of canine intelligence and distinguished in three aspects the intelligence of the dogs:

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  1. Instinctive intelligence : skills that the dog possesses instinctively, such as herding, guarding, or companionship.
  2. Adaptive intelligence : skills that dogs have to solve a problem.
  3. Intelligence of obedience and work : ability to learn from the human being.

Would you like to know more about the world’s smartest dogs according to Stanley Corenor the methods he uses to get to this list? Continue reading this article from YourCatCareguide with the ranking of the most intelligent dog in the world.

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Classification of dogs according to Stanley Coren:

Have you ever wondered which breed of dog is the smartest dog in the world? Stanley Coren has defined this ranking:

  1. Border collie
  2. Poodle or poodle
  3. German Shepherd
  4. Golden retriever
  5. Doberman pinscher
  6. Rough collie ou Shetland Sheepdog
  7. Labrador retriever
  8. Papillon
  9. Rottweiler
  10. Australian Cowboy
  11. Welsh Corgi Pembroke
  12. Schnauzer
  13. English Springer Spaniel
  14. Pastor Belga Tervueren
  15. Pastor Belga Groenendael
  16. Keeshond or wolf spitz
  17. German short haired braco
  18. English Cocker Spaniel
  19. Breton Spaniel
  20. American cocker spaniel
  21. Weimar Brace
  22. Belgian shepherd laekenois – Belgian shepherd malinois – Berner cow
  23. Lulu of Pomerania
  24. Irish Water Dog
  25. Hungarian Braco
  26. Cardigan Welsh Corgi
  27. Chesapeake bay retriever – Puli – Yorkshire terrier
  28. Giant Schnauzer – Portuguese Water Dog
  29. Airedale terrier – Cowboy of Flanders
  30. Border Terrier – Shepherd of Brie
  31. English Spinger Spaniel
  32. Machester’s Terrier
  33. Samoyedo
  34. Field Spaniel – Terra-Nova – Australian Terrier – American Staffordhire Terrier – Gordon Setter – Bearded Collie
  35. Cairn Terrier – Kerry Blue Terrier – Irish Setter
  36. Elkhound noruego
  37. Affenpinscher – Silky Terrier – Pinscher miniatura – Pharaon Hound – Clumber Spaniels
  38. Norwich Terrier
  39. Dalmatian
  40. Smooth Fox Terrier – Beglington Terrier
  41. Curly-coated retriever – Lobero irlandês
  42. Pooch
  43. Saluki – Finnish Spitz
  44. Cavalier King Charles – Hard-boiled German Bracelet – Black-and-tan Coonhound – American Water Spaniel
  45. Husky siberiano – Bichon Frize – English Toy Spaniel
  46. Tibetan Spaniel – American Foxhound – American Fozhound – Oterhound – Greyhound – Hard hair point Griffon
  47. West Highland white terrier – Deerhound Escocês
  48. Boxer – German Dogue
  49. Teckel – Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  50. Alaskan Malamute
  51. Whippet – Shar pei – Fox Terrier with hard hair
  52. hodesian ridgeback
  53. Podengo Ibicenco – Welsh Terroer – Irish Terrier
  54. Boston Terrier – Akita Inu
  55. Skye Terrier
  56. Norfolk Terrier – Sealhyam Terrier
  57. Pug
  58. French Bulldog
  59. Belgian Griffon / Maltese Terrier
  60. Italian Greyhound
  61. Chinese Crested Dog
  62. Dandie Dinmont terrier – Vendeen – Mastim tibetano – Lakeland Terrier
  63. Bobtail
  64. Dog of the Pyrenees mountain.
  65. Scottish terrier – Saint Bernard
  66. English Bull Terrier
  67. Chihuahua
  68. Lhasa Apso
  69. Bullmastiff
  70. Shih tzu
  71. Basset hound
  72. Mastiff – Beagle
  73. Pekingese
  74. Bloodhound
  75. Borzoi
  76. Chow Chow
  77. English bulldog
  78. Basenji
  79. Afghan Hound


The classification of Stanley Coren is based on the results of different tests of work and obedience carried out by AKC (American Kennel Club) and CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) in 199 dogs. It is important to note that not all canine breeds are included .

The list suggests that:

  • Smarter breeds (1-10) : comprise orders with less than 5 replicates and generally obey the first order.
  • Excellent work races (11-26) : comprise new orders of 5 and 15 repetitions and usually obey 80% of the time.
  • Work 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 (50-54) : These dogs require between 40 and 80 repetitions to understand an order. They respond 30% of the time.
  • Low intelligence in work and obedience (55-79) : learn new orders between 80 and 100 repetitions. They do not always obey, only in 25% of cases.

Stanley Coren has developed this list to classify the intelligence of dogs in terms of work and obedience. However, this is not a representative result since each dog can respond better or worse, regardless of race, age or gender.

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