The American Veterinary Medical Association reports that more than 48 million households have a dog. The cost of owning a dog has been estimated at $1,400 to $4,300 per year. The number includes food, toys, vet visits and medications. The price of a puppy can range from $300 to several thousand.
Some of the things people look at in dogs are aggression, size, and intelligence. The American Kennel Club reports that man’s best friend may be smarter than you think: “Dogs are known to learn hundreds of[s] of words, do arithmetic and guess what people and other dogs are thinking. Police dogs can also detect drugs and explosives.
Canine experts say that, from an intelligence standpoint, not all dogs are created equal. To choose which breed of dog is considered the smartest, 24/7 Tempo consulted a list of the smartest dogs published by the American Kennel Club. It is a remarkably diverse assortment. There are breeds from Africa and Australia, Alaska and the Alps. There are breeds that can hunt bears and breeds that can pretty much fit in your pocket.
Dogs also span centuries, from the Rottweiler, whose history dates back to the Roman Empire, and the Chinook, which was bred in the early 20th century. There is also the Russian Tsvetnaya Bolonka, which you may have never heard of and which almost died out. And, of course, there’s the Labrador retriever, which not only serves as a pet, but also as a guide and search and rescue dog. They’re America’s most popular breed, which suggests we might be pretty smart too.
The smartest dog breed is the Shetland Sheepdog. The breed was originally bred to care for small sheep in the Shetland Islands. Due to their intelligence, Shetland Sheepdogs are quick to understand and obey commands. Although the breed is loyal and affectionate, making them an excellent family pet, they also tend to be reserved around strangers, making them excellent watchdogs.
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