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Old 05-18-2012, 11:05 AM   #1
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Default Smartest Dog Breeds

I particulary liked this article because it made me smile when I read the highlighted question. It provides food for thought as to our expectations for our dogs.

"How do you qualify a question that asks what the smartest dog breeds are?
Defining the smartest dog breeds depends on what defines a "smart dog." Is it the ability to wrap people around her dewclaw and get her way, no matter what?
Which dog is smarter, the one that does as he's told and works hard for his supper or the one that cocks her head, looks confused and is waited on because she's obviously too challenged to find her way to her own food bowl?
It's not a simple question. Just as you have book-smart and street-smart people, you have dogs that are smart in different ways. Dogs that we consider book-smart are the ones that tend to learn commands easily--and once these commands are learned, do as they're told. By these criteria, the Border Collie is at the top of the class, and definitely should be considered one of the smartest dog breeds.

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Great article!!! None of my dogs made the list.... no surprise there.

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Judging dog intelligence seems like a difficult task to me. My dog can use the phone (obviously he can't dial a specific number, just tip it off the cradle to open the line and mash some random buttons), he can open doors both ways, and so on - things he taught himself. But if his leash gets tangled in a bush he has no clue how to get free and will just stand there whimpering for help...

I find animal intelligence very interesting though, even if I think the criteria is usually unfair (especially in dog tests, where it seems more like they're measuring cooperation). I remember something I saw on TV some years ago, about crows in Japan (I think it was) who'd learned to use a pedestrian crossing on a busy road to open tough nuts. They'd fly over and drop the nut in the road, land by the side of the road, wait for the crossing to turn green, and then walk out and eat the nut which had been opened by the passing cars. That takes a certain amount of planning, which impressed me. In general, problem solving impresses me - especially when animals are using humans to do the work for them!

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Loved the article and can sooo relate!

Is MacKenzie smarter than the average bear because he brings me an empty dish to put his treats in or slower than most because he already has treats saved up in another bowl....

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I think Ming is super smart because he has me trained to do everything for him and give in to his every whim just by looking at me and tilting his head slightly or by pouting when he isn't getting my attention immediately.
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I would have to agree on the Border Collie. Our Sammi the BC is incredibly smart. She makes our Leonberger look kinda dumb. :-\

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Well except for coming when called and sitting on command, I know my baby has the IQ of a gerbil...I dunno I would have put Border Collie and German Shepard at the top of the list.
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Hm.. I still can't really tell if my dog is smart or not. She's definitely stubborn and knows what she wants, but her "I no understand you human" look throws me off..

or maybe she's actually very clever and does it on purpose..

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I liked this article as it is one of the few for general audiences that considers intelligence from more than perspective; intelligence as 'intelligent at what?". I agree that breeding for certain traits has enabled some breeds to excel at whatever activity/purpose they were bred for but I don't see that as a measure of overall intelligence. I find that the things dogs teach themselves, how they problem solve novel situations, and even generalize prior learning, fascinating and this is one of the few articles that gives a nod to those abilities.
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We have a rubber toy that we put treats in. They are really challenging for Frodo to get them out. He has figured out that if he gets one of us to play tug of war with the toy treats come out easier!
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