Hello again fellow dog owners and Seattle dog boarding facilities. Today we are going to finish up our blog post on German shepherds by trying to understand a bit more about their most distinctive characteristic. The German Shepherd is commonly known for taking the number three spot as the most intelligent dog breed.
Now I am not one to question if the German Shepherd is a very intelligent dog. However, part of me starts to wonder how you distinguish the Albert Einstein from the Steven Hawking of dog breeds. A major problem in ranking intelligence among dogs is deciding what intelligence even looks like. The popular perception is that obedient dogs are intelligent dogs. However, this is often seen as “unfair” because this automatically excludes dog breeds that have an independent nature (but not necessarily unintelligent). The tests to measure a dog’s intelligence vary as much as the number of dog breeds. Historically dog experts measured a breed’s intelligence by testing how many words they could recognize on average. However, much more recent research has focused on the cognitive responses of a dog breed through “guilt” experiments, face recognition, and input from dog breeders/trainers. At the moment the dog intelligence rankings have 1. Border Collie, 2. Poodle, 3. German Shepherd, 4. Golden Retriever, and 5. Doberman pinscher.
Even though the German Shepherd does not come in as number one for intelligence it is still a very desirable work dog. Its large size and strong jaw make it an ideal partner for law enforcement and military organizations. Both the Border Collie and Poodle lack enough muscle pound for pound to really compete with the German Shepherd. Also, the endurance and focus of the German Shepherd over long periods of time make it ideal for rescue and security.
Alright dog owners, dog sitters, and dog boarders, this wraps up our post on the German Shepherd. Disagree with anything in the post or have something to add? We want to hear from you in the comments below!