What Are You Looking For In The Smartest Dog?

Is the smartest dog the one who obeys willingly? Or is the smartest dog the one who is more independent and obeys when he or she feels like it?

And then there’s the issue of the emotionally intelligent dog, such as the Golden Retriever. A dog who seems to understand the mood of people, who seems to empathize. Charlie, one of my Golden Retrievers, whom I’ve written about in my book Charlie: A Love Story, displayed an emotional intelligence unlike any other dog I’ve ever known. It was uncanny how he tuned in, how he showed by his body language, his eyes, and the look on his face that he had a very good understanding of what was going on emotionally, not only in me but also in other people as well as other dogs. Smartest dog emotionally? I think so.

On the other hand, there was my Afghan Hound, Arthur. He seemed to not have a great need to please and was much more independent. Afghan Hounds may not be considered the smartest dogs, but Arthur definitely was smart. It’s just that, because Afghans were bred to be independent, they just don’t obey willy-nilly.

Lots of people think a mutt is the smartest dog. My first dog, a little Cairn terrier mix named Simon, was a mutt. Like Arthur, he wasn’t interested in being emotionally smart, the way Goldens are. I think the objective for Simon was to see how much I could do for him. Smartest dog? Hmm.

So it’s really difficult to say which is the smartest dog. And just think, the dog is the only species who has truly befriended humans. Wasn’t that a smart thing to do, since our species is the most dominant on the planet? Smartest dog? They’re all smart!

To find out more about Charlie: A Love Story and read about my emotionally smartest dog, you can click on the following link: charliealovestory.com .