Oxford University Study Finds Dogs Are Smarter Than Cats

November 23, 2010

(ChattahBox Science News)—A new study indicates that social interaction improves intelligence — and when it comes to pets, dogs are more social than cats, and are therefore smarter. That’s the word from an Oxford University study that charted the evolutionary history of several mammals over millions of years to determine why some animals had larger brains than others, the New York Post reports.

The study indicates that a relationship exists between the size of an animal’s brain in relation to the size of its body and its level of social interaction. Because dogs are more social animals, they have bigger brains relative to their body sizes, says the study, which was originally published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


3 Responses to “Oxford University Study Finds Dogs Are Smarter Than Cats”

  1. Old Man Dotes on November 23rd, 2010 2:49 pm

    Interesting theory, but I’ve had both dogs and cats for many decades – and the cats have *always* exhibited more intelligent behavior, in my opinion. According to http://knol.google.com/k/canine-senses-how-dogs-smell# , “Given that a canine brain is one tenth of the size of a human one, that means the canine brain has forty times as much of its brain devoted to smell as we do.” So dogs are vastly more interested in yesterday’s underpants than they are the Evening Times.

  2. Tracy Lester on November 23rd, 2010 7:15 pm

    Cats are definitely smarter! Just because cats don’t do what we want them to when we want them to do it–jump through our hoops–hang on our every action–does not make them less intelligent–in fact, in my opinion, it makes them more so,

  3. Kirk Holz on November 23rd, 2010 8:13 pm

    I’ve had numerous dogs and cats throughout my life. Cats are definitely smarter. Dogs being very DEPENDENT doesn’t necessarily mean they are more SOCIAL. Cat’s are incredibly social without demanding constant attention like a two-year-old.

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