This video shows a dog who faces a dilemma as he tries to fit a long stick lengthwise across a narrow bridge. At first, he was stuck but after only a minute of calculation, he was able to figure out how to cross successfully. Maybe all the math homework he’d eaten in the past might have taught him something! 😉
Watching this video, I can’t help but wonder how smart a dog really is. Well according to psychologist and leading canine researcher Stanley Coren, PhD, of the University of British Columbia, a dog’s intelligence is on par with a 2-year old human! According to his research, the average dog can learn 165 words, including signals and those in the top 20 percent of dog intelligence can learn 250 words. They can also count up to four or five and have a basic understanding of arithmetic. They are able to recognize errors in simple computations! How cool is that.
The intelligence of various types of dogs does differ and the dog’s breed determines some of these differences. Some breeds have been selectively bred for hundreds or thousands of years for the quality of learning quickly. If ranked according to their obedience intelligence, border collies are number one; poodles are second, followed by German shepherds. Fourth on the list is golden retrievers; fifth, dobermans; sixth, Shetland sheepdogs; and finally at the seventh place are Labrador retrievers. So if you are thinking about getting a dog but you feel that you don’t have the patience in training them, then consider getting the breeds mentioned above. They are the easiest breeds to train.