These Are the Pups That Top the List of Smartest Dog Breeds

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Gordon Setters, named after a Duke, are regal dogs from Scotland and England. Despite being developed to hunt, setters are noted for their intellect, stamina, memory, and reliability, according to the American Kennel Club.

Gordon Setter

Welsh Terriers show initiative and hunting skills when challenged. These terriers are rowdy for new owners, but with adequate training, they become loyal and protective, according to PetPonder.

Welsh Terrier

Your Purebred Puppy says Old English Sheepdogs are kind, easygoing, and need attention. They are excellent watchdogs and thrive in protective environments.

Old English Sheepdog

The original "gun dog" for field game shooting, English Springer Spaniels are obedient in tracking and hunting and make great pets.

English Springer Spaniel

The American Kennel Club describes Australian Cattle Dogs as alert and curious Herding Group breeds with a "instinctual ability" to regulate other animals.

Australian Cattle

Belgian Tervurens, or Tervs, are smart and independent. If untrained, their intellectual self-sufficiency can get them into danger, says the American Kennel Club.

Belgian Tervuren

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