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Scientists Discover Terriers Are Stupid As Well As Annoying

from The Telegraph UK

Dogs as intelligent as two-year-old children

By Richard Gray, Science Correspondent

Dogs are as intelligent as the average two-year-old child, according to research by animal psychologists.
Intelligent border collies include Sampson, winner of Britain’s Most Talented Pet (Photo: John Robertson)

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.

They have also compiled a list of the most intelligent and least intelligent breeds using information from obedience classes. Border collies and retrievers were rated among the most intelligent while hounds and terriers were the least bright.

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.

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Posted on August 11, 2009 by Editor

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