The Top 10 Smartest Pets

Squirrels: Squirrels may get a bad reputation for their daring attempts at crossing busy roads.

Birds: Birds have been studied in-depth and some kinds have definitely been shown to have superior levels of intelligence when compared to other species.

Rats and Mice: Rats and mice may be small but their intelligence levels are nothing to scoff at.

Raccoons: They may be seen as little trash can bandits but raccoons have more going on behind those face masks than one might think.

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Primates: Chimpanzees are very closely related to humans. Not only do people share 99% of their DNA with this animal.

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Pigs: Potbellied pigs are rising in popularity as pets, and more and more people are discovering just how smart these animals are.

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Monitor Lizards: Reptiles don't usually pop up in your mind when you think about smart animals but monitor lizards are highly intelligent.

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Horses: Horses can undoubtedly learn things and even problem solve. Many a horse has figured out how to open up its stall door.

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Dogs: Dog owners know that dogs are smart. Housebreaking, basic commands.

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Cats: Some people may not think about a high level of intelligence when it comes to a cat.

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