Canine Masterminds: The Smartest Dog Breeds

All dogs are smart. In fact, we can all admit to being outsmarted by our canine companions every now and then.

But whilst we’d all like to think our dogs are the next Einstein – and we’re not doubting that – some dog breeds are renowned for their remarkable intelligence.

Want to know if your dog makes the cut? Then read on, as we take a look at some of the world’s brainiest dog breeds.

Australian Cattle Dog

These cattle-chasing canines from Down Under are exceptionally smart. Alert, resourceful, and fiercely loyal, these dogs are renowned for their intelligence and independence.

Australian cattle dogs live to work and excel at an array of dog sports too, including obedience, agility and flyball.




The Papillion is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world, and they’re all the wiser for it. Deceptively cute, these hairy hounds might be a little on the small side, but they’ve got plenty of personality to make up for it.

This vivacious breed could give dogs twice their size a run for their money, and are known for their obedient and responsive nature.

That said, these spirited dogs need plenty of mental stimulation to prevent them from becoming too big for their boots.



Never judge a dog by its fur. Incredibly quick-witted, poodles have got both beauty and brains.

These elegant dogs are lively, playful, and have an undeniably sunny disposition too, making them fantastic pets.

Poodles thrive on mental simulation and love to learn. They’re masters when it comes to training and obedience. But be warned, when left to their own devices these mischievous mutts may decide to find less-than-desirable ways of keeping themselves occupied.



German Shepherd

German Shepherds are renowned for their fearless nature. This breed is not one to let sleeping dogs lie either, and when on a mission – whatever this may be – will really commit to the cause. They’ve performed pretty much every kind of job known to dog too, from herding sheep to chasing criminals.

German Shepherds are natural protectors. They’re highly adaptable and intelligent to boot. But their incredible smarts mean that they also have a tendency not to suffer fools gladly, which means the correct training from an early age is a must.


Golden Retriever

With their luscious golden locks, Golden Retrievers are one of the most instantly recognisable dog breeds. And when it comes to cuteness, they’re in a league of their own.

Golden Retrievers aren’t just smart either. They’re really smart. And their intelligence and eager disposition makes them fantastic therapy dogs.



Border Collie

Border Collies are considered by many to be one of the smartest dog breeds around. Prized for their intelligence, Border Collies are workaholics too.

Tests have shown that this incredible breed can understand around 250 different words and signals, putting them on par with a two-year-old child! And have you heard about Chaser? This extraordinary canine is able to recognise over 1000 words – pretty incredible really!



Shetland Sheepdog

These small, agile, dogs – also known as Shelties – are bundles of energy. They’re pretty bright too, and a dab hand at learning new commands. Shelties excel at activities such as herding and they’re pretty good at keeping their owners on their toes too.

These dogs are very eager to please and devoted to their owners, making them fantastic pets. Not convinced? Watch Lassie!



What makes the dogs on this list so smart? Their amazing ability to learn new commands and follow these obediently – providing they have the right training of course!

All dogs, regardless of their breed, require the right education to ensure their intelligence is put to good use. And, who knows what your dog could achieve with the correct training.

As leading providers of dog training in Surrey, here at CK9 Training we understand how vital the right training is to ensuring a happy, healthy dog.

Think you require our services? Then contact our friendly team today on 07739 815 265.

Puppy Love – How Much Does Your Dog Love You?

They say that a dog is a man’s best friend. They are known for being loving and caring creatures, who, unlike their feline friends, genuinely care about their owners, rather than only caring about when they’re next being fed! But how true is this statement? Do dogs really love their owners, or do they just see you as the source of their food?!

Studies have suggested that dogs really do care for their owners. Researchers studied dogs using an MRI machine to pick up on the brain activity when they’re exposed to the scents of their owners, as well as unfamiliar humans and dogs. The results showed that, when presented with the smell of their owners, the dogs had a positive response.

But is that enough to suggest that our dogs really do love us? Maybe, but just to be sure, here are a few other reasons we think prove how much our canines care.

They Know When You are Sad

If you’re a dog owner, you will probably have noticed that, when you’re feeling sad, your dog responds. They seem to attempt to comfort upset owners, and this has been backed up by research that discovered dogs are more likely to approach a person who is crying than someone who is humming or talking.

They Know When You are Angry

So dogs may not feel guilt per se, but they do seem to be aware when you are angry. You probably know that sheepish look your dog gives you when they do something they shouldn’t be doing, and while they may not feel guilty, we reckon they don’t like it when you’re mad!

They (Might) Know When You are Pregnant

There hasn’t been any solid proof of this, but many women have said that their dog changed its behaviour when its owner became pregnant. They tend to become more attentive, protective and loving, and will often ‘escort’ their expecting owner around!

With all that considered, we think that it’s perfectly reasonable to assume that our dogs really do love us and care about us. They truly are a man’s (and woman’s) best friend. This is why we believe that your dog deserves the best, and that includes training! So, as providers of dog training in Surrey, we would love to have you and your furry friend on board with us. For more information about any of our services, please do not hesitate to contact us today by calling 07739815265 to speak to a member of our friendly team.

Crufts 2015: A CK9 Success Story

Crufts 2015 saw the world’s most competitive dogs come all the way to the United Kingdom to strut their stuff and show everyone what they’re made of. This year, some of our dogs were right up there with the best of them, showing off their best moves in the agility competitions.

Our dogs did amazingly well competing at Crufts this year in their first agility competition of the season, putting on a fantastic performance and even coming home with some well-earned rosettes.

What is Crufts?

Crufts is widely known as the world’s largest dog show, with canines and owners alike flocking from all corners of the globe to compete in agility, obedience, flyball and Heelwork to Music competitions. It’s organised and hosted by the Kennel Club, who act as the governing body for various canine activities in the UK.

The competition is held annually in Birmingham at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), with the competition dating all the way back to 1891.

The competition hosts a wide variety of activities and contests, with the most sought-after title being ‘Best in Show’. Crufts gets tougher and tougher every year, and only the top dogs can go home with the coveted prizes.

CK9 Training at Crufts

At Crufts this year, CK9 Training showed just what we’re made of, with our two dogs, Spice and Savannah, coming home with tons of rosettes and some major titles.

Together, Spice and Savannah picked up seven first place rosettes, three second place rosettes and one fourth place rosette, awarding them some major titles and showing Crufts 2015 just what CK9 dogs are made of!

Crufts 2015 was a stiff competition, but our amazing dogs showed how far dedication, discipline and training can take you.

We had an amazing time with our dogs at Crufts 2015, who thrived in the competition, and were a sign of the great things to come for CK9 Training this year. If you want to unleash the full potential of your dog and you’re looking for dog training in Kingston, at CK9 Training we offer training courses that range from basic puppy behaviour to agility. Visit our website today or contact us by calling 07739 815 265.