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Are Poodles Smart? Dog Intelligence Explained

Written by: Rachael Gerkensmeyer

Last Updated on April 12, 2024 by Dogster Team

cute brown poodle on the floor

Are Poodles Smart? Dog Intelligence Explained

Poodles are fun-loving and loyal animals. They come in a variety of sizes, and they are known for their lush coats. These coats are not the easiest to care for, but they can be groomed in a variety of ways to create interesting designs and styles that are unique from those of other dogs. Poodles are athletic, and they enjoy spending time outdoors.

This breed also enjoys spending time with children and adults alike. They can be goofy at times, but they are always serious when it comes to loyalty to the family. Overall, it’s safe to say that these dogs are smart. Are you interested in learning more about this dog breed and their intelligence? If so, you have come to the right place!


Yes, Poodles Are Smart!

Poodles happen to be very smart, like most dog breeds. Dog intelligence is generally observed through three different lenses: adaptive intelligence, instinctive intelligence, and obedient intelligence. Here is what each means:

  • Adaptive Intelligence: This is how a dog learns from their environment and how they learn to solve problems overall.
  • Instinctive Intelligence: This is how a dog knows what to do because of their instincts and what they have been bred to do.
  • Obedient Intelligence: This is how quickly a dog learns new skills and/or commands based on their training.

Researchers traditionally focus on the obedient intelligence of a dog to determine their “smartness” overall. All dogs are bred to do something, so instinctive intelligence is not a fair way of gauging the overall intelligence of a pooch. Adaptive intelligence is hard to gauge because all dogs can understand how to get along well in their environment no matter what situation they happen to be in.

The only way to truly gauge a dog’s intelligence is by their obedience. What can a dog learn that isn’t adaptive or instinctive? How does that learning relate to a dog’s intelligence? It all comes down to how many times a command is given before a dog can figure out what is expected of them. In other words, the success rate of training can be directly correlated to their intelligence — at least, according to some experts and researchers.

white poodle sitting on grass
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How We Know That Poodles Are So Smart

Poodles do great when it comes to obedient intelligence. They don’t require extensive training to understand what is expected of them, although they do need reminding from time to time. Stanley Coren, a psychology professor who researched the Poodle’s intelligence, determined that they are one of the most intelligent dog breeds in existence, based on the studies and research that he did.

The Poodle is regularly listed on the most intelligent dog breed lists online, and it’s not just because they are obediently intelligent. They also happen to be good at adapting to new situations, and they aren’t too shabby in the instinctive intelligence department either. Overall, you won’t find a much smarter dog breed than the Poodle!


In Conclusion

Poodles are smart dogs, and some would even say that they are as intelligent as 2-year-old children. It is hard to compare the intelligence of an animal to the intelligence of a human being, though, because we are so different when it comes to things like communication. What we do know is what has been done, so we know that when it comes to smart dogs, the Poodle can always be found at the top of the list.

Featured Image Credit: Steven Van Elk, Unsplash

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