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Top 5 Smartest Dog Breeds

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I have a deep love of animals, and an adorable little golden doodle named Penny.



This article is about the top five smartest dog breeds in the world, because although puppies are adorable being smarter makes training/living with them a heck of a lot easier.

This comes from personal experience. You don't want a dog who can't sit without hundreds of treats a day, and constant reminders.

Especially if you're a working mother or father. Even just a student. You don't have time to take care of a helpless baby, it's better if they know how to do things.

Fortunately, my own puppy has been trained to be able to think clearly, and knows how to sit, heel, walk, and snuggle. (My favorite part!)

Feel free to tell me if anything helped or didn't help. I love hearing from you guys!

:) :)

"I used to look at my dog and think, 'if you were just a little smarter you could tell me what you were thinking', and he'd look at me like he was saying, 'If you were a little smarter, I wouldn't have to."

— Fred Jungclaus


Golden Retriever

Life Expectancy: 10-12 years

Personality: Intelligent, trusting, confident, friendly

Health Problems: Hip dysplasia, skin & chest conditions, cancer, loose knees.

Yearly Cost to own: around $800 to $1000

Cost to buy: ranges between $500-$2,000

General care: brush weekly, brush teeth twice weekly, bathe every 6 weeks

Exercise: 20-30 minutes of exercise twice a day at minimum

Food: an adult should eat between 2 and 3 1/2 cups of food a day, but you should adjust the amount depending on size and weight.


"The face of a golden retriever feels like home."

— David Rosenfelt

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Life Expectancy: 8-10 years

Personality: devoted, self assured, obedient, steady, alert.

Health Problems: SAS, torn ligaments, Entropion, OCD, cancer

Yearly Cost to own: $1,500 to $2,000

Cost to buy: $1,500 to $2,500

General care: Daily brushing of coat, brush teeth three times a week at minimum, and bathe every two to eight weeks.

Exercise: more than 2 hours of exercise

Food: 3-5 1/2 cups of dry kibble a day


"In a time of war, if you go through a bad neighborhood, I don't want a little French poodle, I want a Rottweiler on my hands."

— Gene Simmons



Life Expectancy: 12-13 years

Personality: affectionate, energetic, loyal, playful, trainable, intelligent

Health Problems: knee dislocations, allergies, hypothyroidism, eye problems, dental diseases

Yearly Cost to own: between $63,000 and $125,000

Cost to buy: between $600 and $6,000

General care: groom 30 minutes once a week, brush daily, brush teeth 4-5 times a week, bathe only when extremely dirty. They clean themselves most of the time.

Exercise: minimum of an hour a day, but more is always encouraged

Food: between 3/4 cup and 2 cups a day, however you should adjust according to Sheltie’s age and size


"Shelties don't understand the word loyalty. To them it's just a way of life."

— Anonymous



Life Expectancy: 12-15 years

Personality: intelligent, active, faithful, trainable

Health Problems: hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, epilepsy Addison’s disease

Yearly Cost to own: around $3,300

Cost to buy: between $600 and $2,000

General care: Brush fur every two to three days, clean teeth at minimum three times a week, and bathe every three weeks

Exercise: minimum of one hour a day.

Food: Depends on how large and how active you poodle is, whoever the average amount in 1 cup of food a day.


"It's all I have left in my life, caffeine and a poodle."

— Brad Garrett


Border Collie

Life Expectancy: 10-17 years

Personality: intelligent, energetic, responsive

Health Problems: seizures, eye problems. PDA, and hip dysplasia

Yearly Cost to own: $500-$800

Cost to buy: around $600 to $4500General care: run fingers through fur every few days, brush teeth twice a week, and bathe 2 times a year

Exercise: need a minimum of two hours of exercise

Food: around 1.5 to 2 cups of premium kibble


"When an eighty-five pound mammal licks your tears away, then tries to sit on your lap, it's hard to feel sad."

— Kristan Higgins

End Note

Hope you all liked this article, feel free to check out my others. If I missed anything please let me know down in the comments section. Also, feel free to comment and tell me if any of this helped you guys! I really do enjoy hearing from fans.


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