A large number of us have chosen to welcome new four-legged friends into our homes in recent years — according to Kennel Club figures, dog ownership has increased by almost eight percent over the course of the global pandemic.
As well as numerous crossbreeds, there are a whopping 221 different pedigree dog breeds to choose from, giving you a lot to think about before choosing the latest addition to your family.
However, if you are looking for a dog that is as smart as they are lovable, there is scientific research on the subject that can lead you to the smartest breeds.
Psychologist Stanley Coren’s book, The Intelligence of Dogs, is a landmark in canine literature that assesses the relative IQ of breeds based on instincts, obedience, and adaptability.
At the other end of the scale, it also shows the less brainy puppies — canines that can still make loving, loyal, and lovable pets, but who aren’t likely to learn new tricks…at any age.
So these are – officially – the top 10 dumbest pooches.
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