Adding a dog to your family can bring you lots of joy, but it also comes with a ton of hard work. Training a pup is a big job, but it's one that might get a little easier if your new fur baby comes from one of the smartest dog breeds.
Colleen Demling-Riley, a canine behaviorist at Pawtopia, tells Romper via email that smart is obviously a subjective term. "We often base our judgment on the dog’s responsiveness to us instead of truly evaluating how quickly the pup is learning and making associations in the environment," she says. "Many pet parents have complained to me that they have a dumb dog because the pup won’t respond to a command unless they are offered a treat. To me, that’s a sign of intelligence. No one wants to work for free."
Demling-Riley also notes that picking a dog based on its breed isn't always a sure thing. "There is as huge variation of personalities within a breed. A family looking for a dog should also consider age, size, energy level, individual personality, and history," she says. That being said, dogs from these three particular breeds have a good chance of being smarter than the average pup.