How to Tell/Know your Dog’s IQ

How to Tell/Know your Dog’s IQ

Ever wondered how smart your furry friend is? After all, if it’s your best friend, you have to be sure it’s smart enough to carry out certain actions without your help.

Dogs are pretty smart. Yes, they are very smart. Some on their own, others need to be taught how to be intelligent.  How then do you know that your dog is smart? There are several ways to tell/ know your dog’s IQ and realize it is the smart kind. Different breeds of dogs have varying degrees of smartness. A dog is as smart as a two-year-old kid.

A study reveals that the average dog can remember 165 words and even do better than a 3 or 4-year-old child in basic arithmetic (math).  This includes learning gesture, signs, and language. Dogs above average can learn 250 words, and do even much more than certain kids. This is indeed wonderful.Source: livescience.com

How to test your dog’s IQ

Dogs have become like “children” to human. Since they take the place of kids, they had better be intelligent too. There are many ways to know if your dog is intelligent, how he comes up with solutions to a problem (problem-solving skill) is the best test. In testing your dog’s smartness, do these 4 tests:

Getting into trouble

This may sound weird but if your dog is mischievous, it means it is intelligent. This shows that the dog does not like being idle and loves to get involved by snooping around. If he only gets into trouble in your absence that signifies that he is bored and wants to keep busy. To keep him busy, get him puzzles to improve his cognitive skills.

Play hide and go-seek

Place three cups on the ground, show the dog some treats and put them under one of the cups. Move the cup around or walk round to distract the dog. If he sniffs out the correct cup at once, then your dog’s intelligence is above average.

Number of corrections

The average dog requires 5 to 6 corrections to get it right. the How many occasions do you make corrections? If your dog’s take to correction two or three times, he is above average and an intelligent dog.

The Dognition test

This is the final test to determine how intelligent your dog really is. This is a comprehensive method of testing man’s best friend. Visit Dognition Website for how it works.This helps you know your dog and how best to communicate with each other. This test analyzes your dog’s communication skill, empathy, cunny behavior, reasoning ability, and memory. Depending on how well your dog is able to perform on all tests, it can be called intelligent with a good IQ.

The dogs with the highest IQ are:

Border collies

Poodles

German shepherds

Golden retrievers

Dobermans

Shetland sheepdogs, and the

Labrador retrievers

Every dog, however, is intelligent in its own way. If your dog does not have an excellent memory, he could possess a good communication skill. So, teach that dog to be how you want it to be, after all, they are like our children. If you have a clever canine, then keep up the training and if not, keep training harder.

20 Replies to “How to Tell/Know your Dog’s IQ”

  1. Kristen Kirkland

    I love this! You have achieved exactly what you wanted me to read. Like you, I am an avid dog lover and this article taught me things I didn’t know. I am wondering, have you tested your dog and if so how did he/she fare?

    I do have another question though, where it states “Dognition Test” does that mean all of the tests combined? Just need a little clarity there, but all in all this was very enjoyable and I want to work with my dog to see how intelligent she is.

    Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Mercy Post author

      Hello Kristen, Thank you so much for stopping, Dognition test is the overall assessment of your dog and I have included the link to the post.Play hide and go-seek, my favorite and good to start with since its generally look like the easiest but some do not fare well lol.Thank you so much
      Take care Mercy

      Reply
  2. oliver

    This is awesome
    isin’t it amazing that its only very recently that scientists, psychologists, and professors have figured out that dogs have a level of intelligence

    I guess people in the past considered that dogs were just objects and never contemplated the fact that they are sentient creatures.

    this is a very nice website, well done

    oliver

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    1. Mercy Post author

      Hi Oliver
      This is very true and its good that all of us can now,be able to give our pets the respect they deserve,They cant speak but what they give to us is uncomparable and am happy for all the studies because they are giving us most required info about our Pets.
      Thank you
      Take care Mercy

      Reply
  3. Jessica

    Hello Mercy,
    I grew up with Siberian Huskies they are regarded as one of the intelligent breeds. They can be very hard to train and keep control of since they love to run long distances, check everything out and go out on their own. If they get loose they can run many, many miles and stay away for days.

    They are great dogs though! It takes patience and lots of time and attention to raise them but it is worth it!
    One of my huskies was especially smart and was always getting in trouble. She seemed to have everything figured out. She was the lead dog in my team.

    Thanks for your article here.
    Jessica

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    1. Mercy Post author

      Hi Jessica
      Thank you for sharing about Siberian Huskies, i really love it when pet Parents talks about their experiences with their Dogs as this always opens up the discussion and give us more info of the same.Thank you Jessica

      Take care Mercy

      Reply
  4. Brandon

    Thank you SO much for this guide, as it has helped me win a debate with my brother that you can easily tell your dogs IQ by yourself and not having it tested by a vet. I’m looking to get a dog and want one with a high IQ. I’m a huge fan of German Shepherds so that is currently at the top of my list. Great job and keep up the good work.

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    1. Mercy Post author

      Hello Brandon
      Am happy you have loved the article and found it informative, that it will in future guide you when buying a dog, kindly read also an article on It explain more on German shephereds!
      Take care Mercy

      Reply
  5. Kathleen

    This is an amazing resource, thank you!! I grew up on a farm and always had border collies for herding cattle. The dogs were a part of a team and loved the work. When I had my first dog as an adult it was important to me to have an intelligent dog. I lived on a small acreage, with no animals and two small children! It became apparent to me that this very smart new dog was smarter than me!! It was an ongoing task to keep the dog challenged and exercised, I took for granted that these breeds need to be working. We eventually found a good balance with running and games and eventually added a few small farm animals to the mix to keep her busy. I appreciate your honesty about raising happy well adjusted pets. We live in the city now with two poodle mix dogs, super great pets with great intelligence too!! Life is good!! Thank you!!

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    1. Mercy Post author

      Hello Kathleen
      Happy to know you are resonating so well with article, and its encouraging that you were able to spot the intelligence, this clealy shows how closely and keenly you watch your best friends
      Thank you
      Take care mercy

      Reply
  6. kerie

    Thanks so much for this really great article. My family and i have been pondering for ages and are struggling to decide on which dog would be best suited to us as we have loads of love to give but not a huge amount of space. Your article makes an interesting read with regards to the most intelligent breeds. I am no expert but I am not at all surprised to see the dogs at the top of the list for brains. As far as getting into trouble I do hope that this theory applies to children too!! Thanks for a great read

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  7. ShanLo

    Great article, I’m gonna test with my dog, I’ve always wondered what her IQ was but I wasn’t sure how to find it out. Thanks for this.

    Reply
    1. Mercy Post author

      Hello Shanlo
      Happy to know you now know about testing your Dog IQ, kindly feel free to comeback and report about your Dog iq test.

      Thanks
      Take care Mercy

      Reply
  8. Lee Ann

    Thank you very much for this information.
    I have always loved animals. We currently have a 2 1/2 year old Golden Retriever and a 7 1/2 year old Bull Mastiff.
    We have played our version of hide and seek (the normal human hide and seek) and our Retriever finds you and gives your hiding spot away.
    Our Mastiff has Aggressively went after our Retriever 3 times. She hasn’t physically hurt him or made hime bleed,and he not defended himself, but the moral to this is that, the our Mastiff will do this playful growl bark when she wants something from us. The Retriever will jump in between her and us. Is he being an attention hog or a protector?
    I Just did the doggie hide and seek game and our retriever proved to be very smart. Our mastiff needed a little help : )
    We love them both regardless.
    Thank you for these tips on discovering our 4 legged family members intelligence.
    Looking forward to seeing what further information you write for us.

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    1. Mercy Post author

      Hi Lee thank you for stepping by, and you have given a very insightful info on how some dogs are good in some test than other,Generary just like human they are also different.Some are strong in some tests than others, and yes he must be an attention Hog😀 thanks
      Take care Mercy

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  9. Gigi

    Hi Mercy –
    I have a black lab who is about a year and 8 months. He’s full of energy. He usually knows when its the weekend. He nudges me to wake me up so we can go out to play. He always gets into trouble in the dog parks, though. I think he’s rather rough when playing and gets the other dogs mad so a riot starts and the owners get angry at him. Is this a sign of being smart too? Or is it dominance?
    I enjoyed your post. Thanks!
    Gigi

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    1. Mercy Post author

      Hello Gigi
      He must be more smarter if he is able to tell weekend is here! Thats so sweet of him and these details adds more weight on the the article,Thank you so much Gigi for sharing this.
      Take care
      Mercy

      Reply
  10. Howard

    Great post on dogs, although I am not yet a dog owner…I really like British Bulldogs, although I’ve been told the maintenance on them can be time consuming because of the folds on their skin…

    Don’t like Border Collies. I had a client years ago who had one and the darned dog kept trying to herd me while I was working outside. He would keep circling the house, stopped where I was, barked a couple of times, and did it again and again…

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    1. Mercy Post author

      Hi Howard
      Thank you so much for sharing your experience with our dear friends. Am encouraged by your deep info on dogs despite the fact that you don’t own one, am very sure soon you will own one, you are welcome to come back and share with us the experience kindly visit our best family dogs breed for future considerations
      Thank you,
      Take care Mercy

      Reply

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