Study Says Dogs Aren’t as Smart as We Thought

Yet, we still don't deserve them.

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A new insulting study claims dogs aren't all that smart.
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No one is arguing that dogs aren’t the greatest gift humanity has ever had the good fortune of getting. But, unfortunately, science is now saying your drooling, butt-sniffing, tail-chasing, mirror-barking fur baby isn’t the brightest bulb.

When comparing canine cognition to that of other carnivores, hunters and domesticated animals, like wolves, cats, dolphins, chimpanzees and pigs, researchers discovered that dogs had zero special skills that couldn’t be found in other species, CNN reported.

“We cover sensory cognition, physical cognition, spatial cognition, social cognition, and self-awareness,” the study reads. “Although the comparisons are incomplete…we conclude that dog cognition is influenced by the membership of all three of these groups, and taking all three groups into account, dog cognition does not look exceptional.”

While we may feel personally victimized by this study, nothing can take away from the love shared between man and dog.

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