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

Dog Intelligence 2022: These are officially the 10 smartest breeds of adorable dog in the world - including the clever Labrador 🐶

As demand for puppies continues to soar post-lockdown, here are the breeds that have both brains and beauty – our list of genius dogs.

If you, like many of us, want to welcome a new four-legged friend into our homes, there’s plenty of thinking to do before you select your perfect pup.

With 221 different breeds of pedigree dog to choose from, you should consider what matches well with your way of life.

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

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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 breeds of pooch.

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