These are the most intelligent breeds of dog that have both brains and beauty (sadly, this chess-playing Maltese isn't one of them).

These are the 10 most intelligent breeds of adorable dog - they have both brains and beauty

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

Friday, 20th August 2021, 5:09 pm

The last 18 months have seen many of us welcome a new four-legged friend into our homes, as the Kennel Club saw dog ownership rise by nearly eight per cent over 2020.

But with 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your perfect pup.

Those with active lifestyles might want to consider a larger dog, while somebody with allergies will be looking for a hypoallergenic dog.

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.

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

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