Study: Dogs Are No Smarter Than Cats Or Donkeys

You might think your dog is of above-average intelligence, but you’d be wrong. Researchers from the University of Exeter and Canterbury Christ Church University looked at domesticated animals, social hunters, and carnivores (including wolves, bears, lions, and hyenas.) They looked at the sensory cognition, physical cognition, spatial cognition, social cognition and self-awareness of each animal. They discovered that the cognitive abilities of dogs were at least matched by several species in each of these groups. Specifically goats, pigs, dolphins, seals and sea lions were found to be as good as dogs at following human pointing, while sheep, pigeons, and chimpanzees were also as good as dogs at identifying humans by their faces. Pigs were as good as dogs at identifying humans by their smell, and cats were as good at identifying them by their voices. Dolphins, chimps, giant pandas, American badgers, two species of bear, and sea otters were all found to be as good as dogs when it came to using tools.