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Clever Dogs: Here are the 10 most intelligent breeds of adorable dog that are as smart as they are snuggly - including the loving Labrador 🐕

The Scotsman logo The Scotsman 6 days ago David Hepburn

As demand for puppies continues to soar post-lockdown, here are the breeds that have both brains and beauty.

a close up of a dog with a remote control © 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.

a dog looking at the camera © 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.

a close up of a dog © Don't let their curly hair and cute demeanor fool you - Poodles have a razor-sharp brain second only...

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.

a dog looking at the camera © Used for everything from drug detection to sniffing out explosives, the German Shepherd is another b...

So these are – officially – the top 10 brightest pooches.

a dog sitting in the water © One of the world's friendliest dogs is also one of the most intelligent. Golden Retrievers are perfe...

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