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Study finds the intelligence of manís best friend is matched by several species including cats [tr]
UK Daily Mail ^ | October 1, 2018 | Phoebe Weston

Posted on 10/01/2018 7:03:27 AM PDT by C19fan

If you think your dog is smart you're barking up the wrong tree, according to a new study.

Scientists have found the intelligence of man’s best friend is matched by several species including cats and donkeys.

They identified several cases of 'over interpretation' with owners often thinking their dog was much smarter than it really was.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: dogs
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I have no issue with "over interpretation" of my dog's intelligence. He is as dumb as they come.
1 posted on 10/01/2018 7:03:27 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

Love cats.

But there is no way they are as smart as dogs.


2 posted on 10/01/2018 7:06:03 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: C19fan

I have had smart dogs and dumb dogs.

Mixed breed mutts are the smartest.

Purebreds seem to be lacking in brain power................


3 posted on 10/01/2018 7:08:08 AM PDT by Red Badger (Q............PREPARE FOR 'SKY IS FALLING' WEEK...........................)
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To: C19fan

“He is as dumb as they come.”

But I bet he loves you unconditionally. That makes dogs AND cats better than people in many cases.


4 posted on 10/01/2018 7:08:09 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: C19fan
My Yardstick:

Does the pet follow instructions?

Dogs = 80%

Cats = 2%

So, I don't much care which "response" THEY consider a sign of intelligence.

5 posted on 10/01/2018 7:08:24 AM PDT by G Larry (There is no great virtue in bargaining with the Devil)
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To: C19fan
"A fox knows many things, but a hedgehog one important thing."
-- Ancient Greek poet Archilochus

Cats just focus on the important stuff.

6 posted on 10/01/2018 7:09:30 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The MSM is in the business of creating a fake version of reality for political reasons.)
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To: BenLurkin

Never saw a cat eat its own turd

Or drink out of the toilet bowl

Just saying


7 posted on 10/01/2018 7:10:07 AM PDT by Trump.Deplorable
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To: BenLurkin

I too love cats. The are FAR more subtle than dogs, which is one way of looking at intelligence. The fact that dogs seem so overtly eager to accept training, and that they appear obsequious, is not necessarily expressive of intellect. Some would say it is more of a slavish or peasant-like mentality.


8 posted on 10/01/2018 7:10:34 AM PDT by Migraine (<)
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To: Trump.Deplorable

“...Or drink out of the toilet bowl”

Cats will drink out of a toilet bowl. All of my cats have done this. That said, cats are remarkably intelligent, but not in the obsequious manner akin to dogs. If it has to do with hunting or killing (either offensively or defensively), nothing on earth tops a cat. They are designed to hurt and/or kill.


9 posted on 10/01/2018 7:13:38 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist (Government is best which governs least.)
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To: Red Badger

Go acquaint yourself with a German Shepherd.


10 posted on 10/01/2018 7:13:42 AM PDT by chris37
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To: Trump.Deplorable

“Or drink out of the toilet bowl”

My male cat drinks from the toilet bowl.


11 posted on 10/01/2018 7:14:42 AM PDT by bk1000 (I stand with Trump)
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To: BenLurkin

Dogs excel at jobs, and I used to think they were very intelligent, but a lot of this seems to be instincts and aptitudes bred into them by humans. Also, I think dogs appear to be more intelligent to humans because dogs are more social (in nature they work in packs, and have a social order) than cats and seem to communicate or emote a lot more than they do. But both of these are traits, not intelligence, in my opinion. I see dogs repeat things a lot until they get something good with a lot of trail and error and still not always learning from it until there is more reinforcement, where as I see cats really working things out with problem solving and once they pick up new information or a new skill, they’ve got it.


12 posted on 10/01/2018 7:15:14 AM PDT by z3n
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To: G Larry
Does the pet follow instructions?

Is that intelligence or obedience? Your comment just has me thinking.

I am a dog person, would never own a cat, though I get great entertainment playing with other peoples cats!

And my dog isn't THIS dumb.

13 posted on 10/01/2018 7:15:31 AM PDT by Magnum44 (My comprehensive terrorism plan: Hunt them down and kill them)
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To: chris37

Have been around them most of my life. They learn well if you teach them well.

Had a Labrador that was the stupidest thing of four legs..........


14 posted on 10/01/2018 7:16:51 AM PDT by Red Badger (Q............PREPARE FOR 'SKY IS FALLING' WEEK...........................)
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To: Magnum44

Had a dog that would do that without the laser.............


15 posted on 10/01/2018 7:17:27 AM PDT by Red Badger (Q............PREPARE FOR 'SKY IS FALLING' WEEK...........................)
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To: BenLurkin

Like cats as well as dogs but there is no way to overcome my allergic reaction to them. We had a golden doodle that I would characterize as the “best dog ever” despite it taking 4-5 years for her to settle down. I miss our daily walks and her always cheerful greeting even as she suffered from cancer.


16 posted on 10/01/2018 7:18:06 AM PDT by Boomer One ( ToUsesn)
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To: Migraine

17 posted on 10/01/2018 7:18:44 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: C19fan
Intelligence is something that is very difficult to define.

And without a clear definition, it is difficult to compare the intellect of dogs, cats, other animals, and humans.

There are many ways that animals are much smarter than humans.

18 posted on 10/01/2018 7:19:08 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: Red Badger

That’s true, a Shepherd certainly requires instruction and a master.

The dumbest dog I’ve met, and I feel bad for saying this ‘cuz she was very sweet, was a Dalmation.

As far as cat intelligence goes, I have a 20 lbs butterball named Stormy who shares the house with three German Shepherds, so I have to give her credit for smarts being able to survive the wolf pack here.


19 posted on 10/01/2018 7:20:02 AM PDT by chris37
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To: Red Badger
Purebreds seem to be lacking in brain power...

Owners of Border collies would disagree.

20 posted on 10/01/2018 7:20:04 AM PDT by DivineMomentsOfTruth ("There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily." -GW)
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