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Nazis tried to create army of talking dogs

By T.K. Randall
May 27, 2011 · Comment icon 49 comments



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Jan Bondeson reveals that in the 1920s the Germans attempted to take advantage of dog intelligence.
Hitler allegedly agreed to have an "animal talking school" set up near Hanover in an attempt to unlock the animals' full potential. Scientists believed that one day dogs would fight alongside troops and help free up manpower by acting as guards at concentration camps.
In his new book Amazing Dogs: A Cabinet of Canine Curiosities, Cardiff University historian Jan Bondeson mines obscure German periodicals to reveal the Nazis' failed attempt to breed an army of educated dogs that could read, write and talk.


Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (49)


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Comment icon #40 Posted by Doctor_Strangelove 12 years ago
hmmm i don't think so, the Nazi have the biggest technology at that time they firs made a rocket first made a rocket plain...they did have the first space program...thy wear really close to make the atomic bomb. with no satisfaction I'm saying this, but most of the military and space technology today have a Nazi roots. after the ww2 all the Nazi scientist who work at this Nazi projects went to the SSSR and USA ....they where evil but not stupid! Not saying that they were stupid, just zany. Just think of how many secret lairs Hitler had. Also their engineering was top. The wildly considered top... [More]
Comment icon #41 Posted by jbondo 12 years ago
This is but another nail in the coffin that proves what happens when a stupid whack job that happens to be a speech reading savant is running a country. How so many people can be blinded by talk is beyond me. Of course history is destined to repeat itself when learning fails to happen. I guess I'm getting beyond the talking dog thing. Hmmm, reminds me of another......Nevermind! Goober: "Hey Andy! I got me a talkin dog! I'm quittin Wally's and takin Spot on the road!" "Tell em Goober says Heil!"
Comment icon #42 Posted by DearPrudynce 12 years ago
So Charles Muntz from Up was a Nazi?
Comment icon #43 Posted by marharthm 12 years ago
To whoever said it, a giant death ray was quite a mainstream idea back then. The atom bomb was the weird option, the death ray was what everyone thought would win the wars
Comment icon #44 Posted by Jack_of_Blades 12 years ago
Is it just me or did Nazi Germany have a lot of zany ideas? First a giant death ray in space and now this? For a militant dictatorship, they behaved an awful lot like comic book villains. Let's not forget that these were the same scientists that everyone was trying to nab up post WWII (Operation Paperclip, ect). Could you imagine a bunch of dogs with German accents walking around, being angry? *shudders*
Comment icon #45 Posted by Still Waters 12 years ago
Author Jan Bondeson frowns on 'Nazi superdog' claims An academic believes "Nazi superdog" press coverage has trivialised his study of the history of the partnership between man and his canine best friend. Amazing Dogs: A Cabinet Of Canine Curiosities, by Jan Bondeson, of Cardiff University, has attracted international publicity. One section outlines Nazi research into breeds' intelligence and personalities. But he disputes claims attributed to him that Nazis experimented with super-intelligent "canine stormtroopers". http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-13568270
Comment icon #46 Posted by indianspy 12 years ago
i also heard about it in newspapers....
Comment icon #47 Posted by devillina 12 years ago
lolol I have enjoyed so much reading all of you, this article made my morning, it's just too cool, even when it came from the crazy nazies it's just remarkable how dogs had a place even in world domination 3
Comment icon #48 Posted by Bracket 12 years ago
lolol I have enjoyed so much reading all of you, this article made my morning, it's just too cool, even when it came from the crazy nazies it's just remarkable how dogs had a place even in world domination 3 Glad i could help out.
Comment icon #49 Posted by Spectre1979 12 years ago
I will try and find the footage of hitlers dogs cowering from him, and all he is doing is calling them. I saw it on a doco a few years ago on discovery and can't remember what it was called so it might take a long time to find it.


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