The Definitive Ranking Of Small Dog Breeds Intelligent


To make this article on the most intelligent small dog breeds we will base ourselves on a study carried out in 2006 by Stanley Coren, professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where he presents in his book titled The Fabulous Intelligence of Dogs Results of studies in which I perform numerous tests and can reach to catalog 126 races in a ranking.

These studies were divided into three different tests that are collected in the book:
Instinctive Intelligence: refers to the skill of the race to carry out the tasks to which it was raised, such as guarding, grazing or company.

Adaptive intelligence: refers to the ability to solve problems by itself.
Intelligence in work and obedience: the ability of the race to learn the orders of human beings.

Stanley Coren to perform this study gained the support of more than 50% of all US judges who relied on writing the book. The tests were based on Intelligence, Work and Obedience, although it can be said that not all races exist today such as the Jack Russell there is a great variety. In this article we will refer to breeds of small size, obviating those of large size. But how sure will it bite your curiosity tell you that as Nª1 is the Border Collie.

Within the 10 most intelligent small dog breeds where we studied the skills of 126 breeds of all sizes we found ourselves;

1. Small Breed Poodle

most of the people think the beauty with no intelligent. the poodle is a beauty with clever The Poodle, though often equated to the beauty with no brains, is exceptionally smart, active and excels in obedience training.

The breed comes in three size varieties, which may contribute to why Poodle is one of the most popular breeds according to AKC® Registration Statistics. Poodles can be a variety of solid colors, including white, black, apricot and gray, but never particolored.

Personality: Proud, active and very smart.
Energy Level: Very Active; Poodles are enthusiastic walkers, runners, and swimmers. They’re eager for all kinds of activity, and they enjoy keeping busy.
Good with Children: Yes
Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
Shedding: Infrequent, Hypoallergenic
Grooming: Daily
Trainability: Eager To Please
Height: 10 inches & under (toy), 10-15 inches (miniature), over 15 inches (standard)
Weight: 4-6 pounds (toy), 10-15 pounds (miniature), 60-70 pounds (male standard), 40-50 pounds (female standard)
Life Expectancy: 10-18 years
Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

2. Shepherd Of The Shetland Islands

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Another of the great strangers in the most intelligent pet breeds is the shepherd of the Shetland Islands. At first glance, it seems that we are in front of a long-haired Collie but its small size betrays it and makes us have to discard it. Its grazing instinct and energetic and intelligent character make it perfect for agility contests. Also worthy of note is his loyal personality towards his owner.

3. Papillion Small Dog Breed

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Although the Papillon breed is not one of the best-known breeds of small dogs, it will surely not leave any owner indifferent as it will surprise him with his great intelligence. Its image reminds us of a Chihuahua but with longer hair, it only reveals a typical characteristic of this breed and its bangs that protrude from the ears forming the silhouette of a butterfly. A race with great energy and a strong character that makes him best among the 10 most intelligent dog breeds.

4. Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Another of the breeds also little known is the Welsh Corgi Pembroke although not without ceasing to be a great dog. This breed of small size that used to care for livestock in ancient times will surprise us with its sociable character that coupled with its innate instinct of guardian make it perfect for families. Her intelligence is well recognized within the world of agility where this breed reaps great triumphs.

5. Miniature Schnauzer

Of all is known the energetic spirit of the Miniature Schnauzer but not everyone knows that it was joined to it also an intelligence far above the average. It is a race that will always be willing to learn all the orders that we provide. If what we are looking for, is a breed of sports dog and easy to teach, we are sure that it is the perfect dog.

Stocky, robust little dogs standing 12 to 14 inches at the shoulder, Miniature Schnauzers were bred down from their larger cousins, Standard Schnauzers. Aside from the size difference, the two breeds look much alike. The bushy beard and eyebrows give Minis a charming, human-like expression. The coat comes in three color patterns: salt and pepper, black and silver, and solid black. Created to be all-around farm dogs and ratters, they’re rugged and muscular—fearless, but not aggressive.

Personality: Friendly, smart, obedient
Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Alert, lively dogs, they enjoy playtime and brisk long walks
Good with Children: Yes
Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
Shedding: Infrequent, Hypoallergenic
Grooming: Daily
Trainability: Eager To Please
Height: 12-14 inches
Weight: 11-20 pounds
Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
Barking Level: Likes To Be Voc
Position No. 15.

6. Schipperke Breed

Schipperke With its resemblance to the Belgian Shepherd of which it is united an ancestor in common. The Schipperke is also another of those races not so common in the cities but his intelligent and affectionate character make him become more and more recognized among the society that praises him for his extraordinary personality. His intelligence is supported by his cousin brother the Belgian Shepherd of which it is very common to be able to observe it in many works both police and emergency.
Dog Position No. 26.

7. Pomerania Breed

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Pomerania Under that aspect of teddy bear, the Pomeranian is also another of those breeds that will never fail to amaze us pleasantly. Underneath that affectionate and cheerful personality hides a dog that quickly learns our orders and if we join him his small size makes him a perfect dog to live in small spaces such as apartments.

The Pomeranian is a cocky, animated companion with an extroverted personality. This compact little dog is an active toy breed with an alert character and fox-like expression. Today, the Pomeranian is a popular companion dog and competitive show dog. They can come in all colors, patterns, and variations although orange and red are the most popular.

Personality: Lively, bold, and inquisitive—a prototypical “personality breed”
Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Pomeranians are playful and vivacious but also love to be lap dogs
Good with Children: Better with Supervision
Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
Shedding: Seasonal
Grooming: Weekly
Trainability: Response Well
Height: 6-7 inches
Weight: 3-7 pounds
Life Expectancy: 12-16 years
Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Position No. 29.

8. Corgi Gales Cardigan Breed

The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a breed with a great resemblance to the Pembroke Weish Corgi that we mentioned above and is in position number 11 of this ranking. This breed is highly valued for having a great intelligence that shows it every time you participate in agility contests reaping excellent results. Another of his qualities is the great attachment he feels towards his family that will come to defend if necessary at the expense of his own life.
Position: 30

9. Puli Breed

A race that surely will not leave anyone indifferent, its scruffy image full of dreadlocks makes it unmistakable. The personality of the Puli is all heart and a good guardian who along with his easy training makes him perfect as a companion dog. Many owners of this race usually participate in agility competitions because apart from their intelligence is a great sportsman. This is so, that even in Hungary the large Puli is the dog used by the Forces and Bodies of security for the different police tasks.

10. Yorkshire Terrier Breed

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And finally but without belittling it, we find one of the most known breeds in all the homes that is the Yorkshire Terrier, this fame is not by chance since it is due to its great character and its intelligence that united with its small size Makes them to be found in almost all the homes of the big cities. As a good breed Terrier will defend its territory before any stranger and will overflow through all its pores and an unconditional love towards its owners.

Yorkshire Terriers, affectionately known as “Yorkies,” offer big personalities in a small package. Though members of the Toy Group, they are terriers by nature and are brave, determined, investigative and energetic. Named for the English county from which they originally hail, Yorkshire Terriers were used in the nineteenth century to catch rats in clothing mills. Surprisingly enough, in its beginnings, the Yorkie belonged to the working class, especially the weavers; in fact, facetious comments were often made about how the dogs’ fine, silky coats were the ultimate product of the looms. Eventually, the breed left the workforce and became a companion animal to families of European high society.

Personality: Sprightly, tomboyish, and affectionate
Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Yorkies are moderately active and will be happy with a daily satisfying walk
Good with Children: Better with Supervision
Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
Shedding: Infrequent
Grooming: Daily
Trainability: Independent
Height: 7-8 inches
Weight: 7 pounds
Life Expectancy: 11-15 years
Barking Level: Barks When Necessary


So far, we come across the 10 most intelligent pet breeds. It is obvious to say, that these studies are somewhat “superficial” providing us with information about the intelligence of dogs that do not always fit the reality. Just as it happens in the human being, there are many factors that directly influence the intelligence of a dog.

To give us an idea, every year the police and emergency services select dogs for their different tasks and within the same race are discarded many copies because they do not meet the skills they need. This means that within the same breed and even within the same litter there will be more ready or less ready. What all races do have in common is their great predisposition to offer all the love and affection to their owner.

We must keep in mind especially in the breeds of smarter small dogs is that sometimes that intelligence can turn against us and become a double-edged sword. Having a very intelligent dog especially in small breeds can often end up becoming authoritarian dogs or with an unacceptable character, taking advantage of that intelligence to achieve their own benefit. Therefore, in order to be able to get a stable and affectionate dog, we should not consent to any undesirable attitude and we will stop from the beginning any negative behavior.


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