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Clever Dogs: These are officially the 10 most intelligent breeds of adorable dog - brainy and beautiful pups including the loving Labrador Retriever 🐶

The Scotsman logo The Scotsman 07/09/2022 David Hepburn

As demand for puppies continues to soar post-lockdown, here are the breeds that have both brains and beauty – our list of genius dogs.

© These are the most intelligent breeds of dog that have both brains and beauty (sadly, this chess-pla...

If you, like many of us, want to welcome a new four-legged friend into our homes, there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your perfect pup.

With 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, you should consider what matches well with your way of life.

© The Border Collie is the undisputed top dog when it comes to intelligence. Commonly utilised to herd...

For example, those with active lifestyles might want to consider a larger dog, while somebody with allergies will be looking for a hypoallergenic dog.

If you are looking for a dog that’s as smart as it is adorable though, there’s scientific research into the subject that can guide you. Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ is a landmark piece of canine literature, judging breeds’ relative IQs by looking at instincts, obedience, and the ability to adapt.

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So these are – officially – the top 10 brightest breeds of pooch.

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