Fido is a Baby Einstein

 |  Aug 10th 2009  |   8 Contributions


I know many of us know our dogs are veritable Einsteins, what with all the shenanigans they pull. I know my three are, with Mothball our cat scoring a mere Hawking on that scale.

A recent study performed on dog intelligence has proven what we already know - the average dog is on par with that of a two and a half year old . . . human.

The Telegraph has the details on the study along with the top ten brightest and dimmest breeds.

Researchers have found that dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures, can count up to five and can perform simple mathematical calculations.

Using tests originally designed to demonstrate the development of language, pre-language and basic arithmetic in human children, the researchers were able to show that the average dog is far more intelligent than they are given credit for.

"The average dog is about as bright linguistically as a human two-year-old," said Professor Stanley Coren, a leading expert on canine intelligence at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver who has carried out the work.

"This means they can understand about 165 words, signs and signals. Those in the top 20 per cent were able to understand as many as 250 words and signals, which is about the same as a two and a half year old.

I know the first 15 words that Bo learned. Just insert any of the following into Bo wanna go for a ----? [ride, drive, excursion, expedition, hitch, jaunt, joyride, lift, outing, run, spin, tour, transportation, turn or whirl]

Of course there's always R - I - D - E. I don't know whether that counts for four words or just one. Let's just say the average Dogster out there already knows their canines are brighter than a baby. This is true even if Fido likes to eat cat poop.

Any stories out there that shows how brilliant your pup is?

Pic is of smart Dogster member Maximillian the Trickster.

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