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Old 02-02-2014, 08:38 AM
Location: Vegas
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By vetstreet.com | Pets Sat, Feb 1, 2014, By Kristen Seymour

Thanks to Drew Curtis' FARK fpr the link to this story with which I strongly disagree with their number one pick of a Chihuahua! Mine is often too smart.

We recently listed the five smartest dog breeds, and, unsurprisingly, our readers were quick to comment on other breeds that show enormous intelligence.
Read the story with links @ 5 Least Intelligent Dog Breeds | Pets - Yahoo Shine
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Old 02-02-2014, 10:05 AM
Location: North Western NJ
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I hate when things try to place trainability and intelligence as the same thing...
the SMARTEST dog ive ever met was also the hardest to train...
anyone that didn't know the dog would have called it stupid, it wound tdo tricks on command, had no recal, didn't like to walk o leash, didn't like strangers....
but spend a day and night watching the dog...with NO training the dog has leartn how to open the refridgerator, retrieve its favorite foods (after realizing she could di this he family rearranged the food stuffs so only dog safe items were available at the height) close the fridge, she could open cabinates, she taught herself to open the back door, move items to make aces to thigns easier
INCREDIBLY intelligent...just difficult to train...
she was an afghan hound

now ill admit, wowies can be difficult to train and are stubborn, but there certainly NOT dumb!
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Old 02-02-2014, 10:14 AM
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These lists are ridiculous. Often no one thinks little dogs have any brains because no one expects anything of them. People will never know if their dog is smart if all they want to do is to carry it around in a purse.

Weimaraners and Irish Setters are very smart, often too smart. But they are very highly wired ,active, slow developing breeds that often wind up in the hands of people who won't or can't exercise them enough/ give them enough to do/ or train them. Breeds developed to gallop all day and that don't mature fully until they are three or more need a very particular type of owner. People often buy dogs based on looks rather than suitability and then complain. .

Tell you a funny story. I once watched an AKC obedience competition. It was a blazing hot, humid New England summer day. There was the ring where the dogs were being tested and the judging tent next to it. The dogs were lined up in the sun, doing the long down ( 5 minutes). The German Shepherds & Dobies dutifully laid out in the sun panting away. An Irish Setter, got up from his spot in the middle of the row of dogs, walked to the end of the line, where there some shade thrown from the nearby tent and laid down in formation to complete the exercise. Now you tell me who is smart !

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Old 02-02-2014, 07:05 PM
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I've had the smartest breeds (poodles, shelties, Labradors, german shepherds, etc.), and I have a basset (5th on the dumb list).

All were super smart in their own ways, but the Basset Hound is truly the easiest dog I've owned. He wants to please and is very food motivated. He listens and obeys. Always. He is the sweetest dog.

My smart dogs were too damn smart. They had minds of their own. Chose to listen when they wanted. They even played games purposely not listening because they thought it was funny.

I loved all of my other dogs dearly. They are all great breeds. But I can't believe I lived most of my life without a hound.
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