Are Dogs smarter than Cats? The age old question answered!

Dog owners, Rejoice! Science has finally proven beyond a biological doubt, that our beloved canines are smarter than their feline pet counterpart. That’s right! The fact that dogs are smarter than cats has finally been made scientifically clear and defined as “the truth.” So now may be the best time to call your cousin and end the debate of which pet is better once and for all, as the science has spoken! I know it could be hard for some people to believe when they pull off the Resting Doofus Face so well….

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Dogs Have More Than Twice the Neuron Count Compared to Cats

Back in 2010, an Oxford University study went on to suggest that canines are more intelligent than felines due to their increased social interaction. According to their theory, the more social the animal, the smarter it is. And we are well aware that dogs are far more interested and curious about the world around them than cats.

Nevertheless, it wasn’t until just a few weeks ago, when a combined researcher group from multiple universities across the world decided to look at the brainy facts. Lead by Vanderbilt neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel, the group explored the brain sizes and neuron counts of different species.


When it came down to our pets, the truth was obvious, the researchers found that dogs have twice the neuron count compared to cats. 530 million neurons for dogs, compared to 250 million neurons for cats, to be exact. And as the theory goes, the bigger the brain and the more grey matter it has, the smarter the animal.

Stanley Coren, in his book ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ (definitely worth a read!) reviewed the results of almost 200 judges of dog behaviour and identified breeds such as the Border Collie, Poodle, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever and Doberman Pinscher as intelligent dogs – bright working dogs who tend to learn new commands in less than 5 seconds and a tendency to obey orders from their owners quickly.

Dogs Have Always Been Smarter!

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Of course, the fact has lingered over in history as evidence of the now scientific truth have been left all over the place. Dogs are trained as K9 Units, are often used as assistance dogs and can learn to execute complex tasks too, and famous dogs are known for performing calculated tricks.  The same can’t be said for cats they tend to stay out of the way and are most famous for, well, bringing down the christmas tree.


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