By Dr. Marty Becker
Siamese CatQ. You know how some breeds of dog, like Poodles and Border Collies, are supposed to be smarter than others? Is there a ranking like that for cat breeds?
A. When we produce rankings of dogs based on how "smart" they are, what we're often really ranking is how interested a dog is in learning and doing what we want him to do. When you think about it that way, it's not a surprise that cats don't seem that "intelligent" overall.
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But think about it another way: Dogs who rank far down the list when it comes to "smart" actually excel at the tasks for which they were developed. Afghan Hounds, for example, are often placed at or near the bottom when it comes to intelligence, but their brains can often outthink fast-running prey in the field, making decision after decision instantly … and at 40 mph. That seems pretty smart to me!Cats Will Be Cats
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