Don't judge the Poodle by his fancy fur and pretty face. This dog has beauty and brains, along with a serious sense of humor. Poodles are far from prissy; they're active dogs who thrive on learning and attention from those they love. Poodles are fabulous choices for agility and obedience competitions - but keep in mind that even though he's not a froufrou show dog, your Poodle will still need intense grooming.
The German Shepherd Dog is an adaptable, fearless dog who's a natural protector, making him a great fit for military and police work. However, even if you don't carry a badge, he's still a loyal, energetic companion. He loves spending time with his family, especially if that time is spent playing, running, hiking, working or doing something else that uses up some of that energy.
The Australian Shepherd is one devoted dog, and he's not afraid to show his love by leaning on your leg, sitting on your foot or finding a way into your lap (never mind the fact that he might weigh as much as 65 pounds). But he's not just a snuggle bug; he's a total braniac who excels in just about anything he puts his sharp mind to - obedience, agility, flying disc competitions, herding trials, you name it.
Good-looking, smart and fun-loving, the Labrador Retriever has a a lot going for him. The breed has been America's most popular breed for 23 consecutive years - any Lab lover will tell you that they can be the perfect family dog. A Labrador tends to become everyone's devoted best friend.
6. Golden Retriever
The gentle Golden Retriever is a people pleaser, to be sure, but this sweet face has a big brain behind it. Originally developed to hunt, today's Goldens are fiercely devoted family dogs who need plenty of exercise in order to keep destructive tendencies at bay. Like the other smarties on this list, he's a good choice for activities that utilize his mind and body, so go ahead and sign him up for that dock diving or fly dog competition. As long as you're willing to put in the work to teach him, he'll do the rest.
The Australian Cattle Dog, who hails from Oz, is also known as a Blue Heeler or Queensland Heeler. This is a smart and independent breed who can be a challenge to raise and live with. He has a reputation for being stubborn, but the corollary is that he never gives up when he puts his mind to something.
The Doberman Pinscher is among the smartest of all dog breeds, and one whose owners need to pay attention lest they find themselves outsmarted. If you expect your dog to spend his days in the backyard and his evenings keeping you company while you play video games, you'd better be prepared for a barking, bored, destructive dog instead of the devoted companion you thought you were bringing into your home.
Intelligent and easily trained, the Belgian Malinois exudes confidence and is an exceptional watch and guard dog. Active and energetic, he's terrific at search and rescue, agility, and pretty much anything else you can teach him.
The Jack Russell Terrier, also known in AKC circles as the Parson Russell Terrier, can be wildly intelligent and extremely active. He was bred for active work, and if left without a full-time job (like hunting rats or competing in earthdog trials and terrier races), well, he'll find something to do. Something like excavate your garden, since digging is one of his favorite pastimes.
The Sheltie is an active, fun-loving dog who's a little too big to be small but small enough to be cute. His gentle disposition, athleticism, and keen intelligence make him a dog who lives to please and loves to show off.
Since skyrocketing to fame with the popularity of Lassie, the Colliehas maintained his impressive standing as a devoted family dog. This affectionate canine is very intelligent and enjoys fun activities like learning tricks or competing in herding events.