Research Measures Dog’s Intelligence With Surprising Results

August 9, 2009

British Columbia (ChattahBox) – Researchers have done an interesting study on the intelligence of canines, and came up with some interesting results.

According to the study done by the University of British Columbia, dogs are on about the same level as two-year-old children, as far as IQ goes.

This is based on the fact that average dogs are able to memorize and understand about 160 words on the low, and 250 word on the high. This includes hand signals and gestures as well.

This is the same number that toddlers are able to grasp by 24 months.

The study also found a highly complicated social interaction between dogs.

“The social life of dogs is much more complex, much more like human teenagers at that stage, interested in who is moving up in the pack and who is sleeping with who and that sort of thing,” research lead Stanley Coren was quoted by LiveScience.

“Their stunning flashes of brilliance and creativity are reminders that they may not be Einsteins but are sure closer to humans than we thought.”

Dogs were also shown to do well in basic math, and in expressing and understanding their owner’s emotions.

So, if you have ever said that your dog is almost human, it looks like you may have been right.


3 Responses to “Research Measures Dog’s Intelligence With Surprising Results”

  1. Timothy on August 9th, 2009 6:44 pm

    No surprise there; my sister was born with Down’s Syndrome and our German Shepard certainly did come across as more intelligent.

  2. mike murray on August 9th, 2009 10:02 pm

    I am the owner of a Chocolate Lab & he regularly surprises me with his ability to figure things out. I can tell by the expressions on his face that he ‘knows things’. The problem is he just can’t speak! Well, sort of, because his barks are quite distinct; protest VS. joy…… He lets me know what he wants with his barks. And I am quite convinced that he IS smarter than some people I’ve known.

  3. skunknuts on August 10th, 2009 5:26 am

    Straight to hell, I say. Your’s will be an interesting one, I bet.

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