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Could canine intelligence be overrated ?


Posted on Monday, 1 October, 2018 | Comment icon 36 comments

Just how intelligent are dogs ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Thomas Vaclavek
Scientists have determined that dogs are no more intelligent than several dozen other animal species.
In a new study, researchers from the University of Exeter and Canterbury Christ Church University have called in to question the notion that dogs are more intelligent than most other animals.

Instead, they argue, there has been an "over interpretation" of canine intelligence in previous studies.

"During our work it seemed to us that many studies in dog cognition research set out to 'prove' how clever dogs are," said Professor Stephen Lea. "They are often compared to chimpanzees and whenever dogs 'win', this gets added to their reputation as something exceptional."

"Yet in each and every case we found other valid comparison species that do at least as well as dogs do in those tasks."

By comparing the sensory cognition and self-awareness of dogs to those of other animals, the researchers determined that dogs aren't particularly special when it comes to animal intelligence.

Other species, such as sheep, chimpanzees, pigeons, donkeys and raccoons were able to perform certain tasks just as well as any dog and in some cases did even better.

"We are doing dogs no favor by expecting too much of them," said Dr Britta Osthaus.

"Dogs are dogs, and we need to take their needs and true abilities into account when considering how we treat them."

Source: Phys.org | Comments (36)

Tags: Dogs

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #27 Posted by paperdyer on 2 October, 2018, 17:36
Maybe, but the "smart things" seem to get handed from generation to generation. So maybe dogs are evolving in someway.
Comment icon #28 Posted by lightly on 2 October, 2018, 18:08
Dog intelligence seems to vary greatly ?   Mom brought home a young Britney spaniel once that may have been the dumbest dog to have ever lived.  He was so HYPER too ...absolutely nuts !    Naming him "Clancey" probably didn't help ?
Comment icon #29 Posted by Piney on 2 October, 2018, 18:26
That's what I said. They are evolving along with us and for our specific purposes for them.
Comment icon #30 Posted by aztek on 2 October, 2018, 19:44
i do not care what they say, some dogs are smarter than some people, nor dogs are colorblind  
Comment icon #31 Posted by AllPossible on 3 October, 2018, 5:38
On many levels.... 
Comment icon #32 Posted by AllPossible on 3 October, 2018, 5:39
LMAO... Dumbest dog to have ever lived... Hahaha
Comment icon #33 Posted by Coil on 3 October, 2018, 5:59
Man uses dogs for different purposes but animals, like all creatures, have the same purpose as humans, to become perfect through the knowledge of the higher self thanks to the evolution of reincarnation into higher bodies and minds, therefore the goals of dogs are not limited to the use of man.But their situation better than wild animals due to proximity to humans.In future races, animals will become intelligent.
Comment icon #34 Posted by aztek on 3 October, 2018, 13:27
that is atypical of britney, they are usually very smart dogs, i had one, one of the smartest dogs i ever had.
Comment icon #35 Posted by UFOwatcher on 3 October, 2018, 14:48
My cat says yes, way overrated.
Comment icon #36 Posted by gargoylenest on 7 October, 2018, 8:46
what is intelligence? I have heard many people describe intelligence differently. capacity to remember commands/tricks? capacity to analyze/solve? ability to repeat what they see? I got a beagle and a labrador, two very different type of intelligence. You can teach the lab to open a freezer door and get you a beer, and such; but this dog has no autonomy. And you got to see the beagle analyze a situation, IE how to escape his cage, or get some out of reach food; but he will only learn tricks for food, and if he feels like it.


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