We know, your dog is a good boy. Or maybe the "good-est boy" as some people refer to them on Twitter. Their ability to do tricks and impress your friends and family seems to be the standard for what makes dogs so dang smart.
Fetch, play dead, roll over. These are some pretty great tricks to show off, but what makes this different from any other animal? How do dogs stack up in when compared to the intelligence of other creatures?
How mad would you be if we told you, actually if science told you, that dogs are not the smartest breed like we tend to think they are? Dog lovers, don't freak out; it's not as bad as it sounds. We're just saying, maybe they aren't the geniuses we think they are.
Man's best friend
Dogs are like our children
Not a good boy?article in The New York Times stated that dogs might not be the top dog. But, it is also clear in saying that dogs aren't dumb, they just aren't as exceptional as we think.
An ancient obsession33,000 years.
Science loves dogs
But why do we study dogs so much?Dr. Elinor Karlsson, had a few thoughts. Although she owns three cats of her own, most of her research is with dogs. "I think [cats] they're taken less seriously than dogs, probably to do with societal biases," said Dr. Karlsson.
Numbers don't lieGoogle Scholar search will show results of 1,670,000 articles about cats and 2,850,000 for dogs.
Seems a little unfair
Give it to me straight
A good, but not great, boy
Science doesn't lie
Not so specialinterview with The New York Times. “It made me quite wary that dogs were special."
Tools are not for foolsDr. Lea said there are things dogs are not capable of doing that other species are, like using tools. Dogs are not able to utilize them, but dolphins, New Caledonian crows and chimpanzees can.
Ever seen a chimp go fishing?These animals are crazy smart. Here's footage of a chimp fishing for food using their own fishing pole as a tool. Is this not the most amazing thing you've ever seen? A dog would never be able to perform such a task.
Living a lie
But what about THIS?It's hard to believe when you see dogs, like Skidboot here, do such incredible tricks. He was able to perform these on national television, leaving even Oprah speechless at his talent. He even had the nickname the "canine Einstein," which is very fitting.
Amazing, yes. Unique, maybe not.
Super catsEven Simon Cowell is shocked that these cats are capable of such amazing talent. When cats do these tricks, it seems more impressive. Plus, it's not very common to see cats presented as performers.
Put it to the test
Pale in comparison
One smart bird
Pigeons are smart, too!
I'm not horsin' aroundEven a horses' intelligence surprise people, but they can be trained to do some pretty amazing things.
It's not a competition
What about cats?
Another selfie of my cat and me, this time on a bike. He’s going to need a Facebook profile soon! #armandhammercat http://t.co/1f4bLLmGGl— The Cat Whisperer™ (@The Cat Whisperer™)1440034621.0