11? Must be a typo. They meant 1.
Haha Vicky! When you think that there are 184 dog breeds recognized and Corgis are 11th...that's pretty darn good.
Definitely smarter than the average bear. ;-)
I doubt there is a reputable source. Most of these "experts" look at some dogs, write a book and they are instant experts on the subject. I think every dog is different just as humans are. Breed aside, there are smart dogs and some that are a treat short. That said, there is no doubt that Border Collies are probably the smartest. Many tests and research have established that. As for the rest.....
Our Corgi has days when she is scary smart. She also has days when I don't think she can find her own tail. Every dog is unique. Love them for what they are, not what you wish they were. They are their own little personalities. Each has its quirks just as we do.. Accept them as they accept you.
As for the difference between Pembrokes and Cardis...
Once again this is an opinion of a self proclaimed expert. What dogs were used in the trials? Did they use a very large sample of each breed (they are separate breeds you know). Were precise results kept and correlated? I have a Cardi. She is generally smarter than I wish sometimes. She has a stubborn streak but that doesn't make her dumb, just hard headed. The Cardi preceded the Pembroke by about 2000 years. They don't share DNA or source breeds. I would be very surprised if they had identical traits and personalities. Once again love them for what they are and what they bring to your relationship. Don't expect them to help the kids with their algebra homework.
Curious: Does your Corgi not see you on Facetime, or has he learned it's not important to him?
The reason I ask is my male Corgi used to listen to my husband's voice on the phone and get very excited, but after a time or two he realized my husband never, ever materialized from the phone and so started ignoring him.
Similarly, the first few times he saw animals on tv, he looked at the tv, looked behind the tv, etc. He soon learned those tv animals had nothing to do with him and stopped paying any attention to them at all.
Dogs are primarily scent-oriented, so they can learn to recognize shapes as meaning something, but unless they are rewarded for interacting with those shapes or disembodied voices, they often just tune them out.
It's sort of like saying you don't interact with the photos on your desk. You put them there because they mean something, but most of us soon ignore them. We don't treat them like the people they represent.
I don't trust those lists. I do think they're based on trainability, more than actual intelligence, and corgis can be a little stubborn at times.
Malinois are not on the list, and they're hands down one of the most intelligent breeds ever, so it doesn't make sense.
I agree. I have a brilliant extreme genius corgi that fetches in the newspaper. It doesn't get any better than that.