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.

One of the world's tiniest breeds, papillons weigh 5-10lbs. Though little, the Papillion is one of the smartest dogs. The friendly, alert, and joyful Pap learns new commands and routines quickly.

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.

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

The brave and vigilant Doberman has a strong body and sharp mind. Dobermans guarded WWII soldiers in unfamiliar country, barking to warn of enemies. 

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