Meet 6 of the World's Smartest Dog Breeds

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All dogs are very good dogs. And each one is smart in a variety of unique ways. But there are some dog breeds that are just born with an inherent leg up in the intelligence department. Here are six of the world's smartest dog breeds, according to Cesar's Way.

1. German Shepherd

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There's a reason why German shepherds are regularly employed as police dogs and service dogs—and, yes, it has a lot to do with how smart they are. This fiercely loyal breed is also great with kids, making them a great family pet.

2. Labrador Retriever

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Labrador retrievers are intelligent, gentle, family-friendly dogs. They are the most popular dog breed in America, and they make excellent guide dogs and rescue dogs.

3. Border Collie

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Border collies are great working and sheep herding dogs. They're athletic and agile but, most importantly, they love cuddling.

4. Golden Retriever

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Golden retrievers are intelligent, friendly, and devoted sporting dogs. Goldens are great at hunting, and have spent years serving as seeing-eye dogs and working in search-and-rescue jobs. They're lovable and loyal, too.

5. Shetland Sheepdog

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Shetland sheepdogs are playful, intelligent, affectionate, and loyal. They love to learn new tricks and they make great watchdogs.

6. Poodle

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Poodles are very smart, proud, and active dogs—plus, they're hypoallergenic. Poodles are easily trained to track, hunt, retrieve, and obey.

Rhode Island Approves Bill to Create an Animal Abuser Registry

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In what could be a major step toward curbing animal cruelty, Rhode Island just passed a bill requiring convicted abusers to be placed on a statewide registry. The objective? To make sure they don’t adopt another animal.

According to KUTV, the bill was approved by the Rhode Island House of Representatives on Thursday and is awaiting Senate approval. Under the law, anyone convicted of abusing an animal would be required to pay a $125 fee and register with the database. The collection of names will be made available to animal shelters and adoption agencies, which will be required to check the registry before adopting out any pets. If the prospective owner’s name appears, they will not be permitted to adopt the animal.

Convicted abusers have five days to register, either from the time of their conviction if no jail time is mandated or from the time of their release. The prohibition on owning another animal lasts 15 years. If they're convicted a second time, they would be banned for life.

A number of communities across the country have enacted similar laws in recent years, including Hillsborough County in Florida, Cook County in Illinois, and New York City. The state of Louisiana was fielding a bill last week, but the proposal was ultimately pulled from committee consideration after a critical response from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The group’s policy statement argues that registries are costly to maintain, not often utilized by adoption centers, and don’t address the potential for abusers to find animals in other ways. The group also asserts that registries may influence potential convictions, as defendants and their legal representation might plea to lesser charges to avoid being placed in the database. The ASPCA instead recommends court-mandated no-contact orders for convicted animal abusers.

[h/t KUTV]

This Inflatable Sloth Pool Float Is the Perfect Accessory for Lazy Summer Days

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SwimWays

Summer is the perfect time to channel your inner sloth. Even if you don't plan on sleeping 15 to 20 hours a day, you can take inspiration from the animal's lifestyle and plan to move as little as possible. This supersized sloth pool float from SwimWays, spotted by Romper, will help you achieve that goal.

It's hard not to feel lazy when you're being hugged by a giant inflatable sloth. This floating pool chair is 50 inches long, 40 inches tall, and 36 inches wide, with two "arms" to support you as you lounge in the water.

One of the sloth's paws includes a built-in cup holder, so you don't have to expend any extra energy by getting up in order to stay hydrated. Unlike some pool floats, this accessory allows you to sit upright—which means you can drink, read, or talk to the people around you without straining your neck.

The sloth floatie is available for $35 on Amazon or Walmart. SwimWays also makes the same product in different animal designs, including a panda and a teddy bear. And if you're looking for a pool accessory that gives you even more room to spread out, this inflatable dachshund float may be just what you need.

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