I haven't read the book so can't comment on the ranking, but as a behaviorist/trainer, I can comment on trying to rank intelligence. The problem with "lists" is there are different kinds of intelligence. Some people think a dog that is easily trained is smart, and in one way it is. We call it "biddable" meaning it is eager to do your bidding, once it understands. However, there are many highly intelligent dogs that are not easily trained or biddable, but have supreme problem solving skills. So I hope anyone trying to rank intelligence can take the differences into consideration.
Overall sighthounds like Salukis may have good problem solving skills but may be harder to obedience train than some breeds. Many primitive breeds are this way.
Answered by paws4hisglory - 3/25/2012 5:17:24 PM