According to a recent study, dogs are not as intelligent as scientists previously thought. In this regard, new research revealed that there are many other animals that match dogs’ cognitive abilities.
The study, conducted by the researchers from the University of Exeter and Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK, who reviewed the brain power of dogs, in comparison with other animals and social hunters, as well as to other carnivorans, concluded that dogs are not smarter than the different species of their family.
“During our work, it seemed to us that many studies in dog cognition research set out to ‘prove’ how clever dogs are. 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,” explained Stephen Lea from the University of Exeter.
Dogs Are Not As Intelligent As Scientists Previously Thought
“Taking all three groups, domestic animals, social hunters, and carnivorans, into account, dog cognition does not look exceptional. We are doing dogs no favor by expecting too much of them. Dogs are dogs, and we need to take their needs and true abilities into account when considering how we treat them,” explained Britta Osthaus from the Canterbury Christ Church University.
In other words, the recent study debunks the myth that says that dogs are the most intelligent species on the surface of the Earth. According to the new research, dogs share the same smartness with wolves, coyotes, and other canids.
The study, conducted by the University of Exeter and Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK, estimated the sensory cognition, physical cognition, spatial cognition, social cognition, and self-awareness of dogs, and compared the results with those of other canids.
Erin VanDyke lives on her family farm and has more than 35 years of hands-on experience with the use of livestock guard dogs for predator control. On their farm, Jan and her family use corgis as herding dogs and have raised Shetland sheep, Fainting goats, Morgan and Trakehner horses, and historic breeds of chickens and turkeys. Erin is also an active beekeeper.