Smartest challenge-loving dog breeds

Border Collies are smart dogs that absorb commands and daily routines quickly. This breed excels at herding, agility, and obedience and can do everything they want.

German Shepherds are the second most popular dog in the US for good reason—they're confident, courageous, and smart. This breed is loyal and dedicated to their loved ones.

The friendly, alert, and joyful Pap learns new commands and routines quickly. Great agility dogs, they win awards at all levels and adore performing tricks for their owners.

Sweet, affectionate, and constantly in high spirits, Labrador Retrievers thrive in families with lots of people to love. These energetic, friendly athletes excel at water sports and fetch.

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The Australian Shepherd is the cowboy's herding dog because of its work ethic, exuberance, and intelligence. Aussies love to gather cattle, birds, and tiny children, and their energy keeps them going.

Despite their curly and gorgeous coats, Poodles are not all flair and no substance. A smart dog breed, Poodles were originally bred in Germany for bird hunting and water retrieving.

A well-bred and trained Rottweiler is anything from aggressive. Despite their strong appearance, Rotties are affectionate and playful.

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