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What are the smartest dogs? This is the ranking by science

The University of Helsinki in Finland set out to discover the smartest dog breed in the world. And so he evaluated a thousand samples through ten different ability tests, and put together a ranking of the most “performing” whose results were published on Scientific Nature Reports.

As we know, the The personality of dogs has nothing to do with the breed. But there are some skills and characteristics that undoubtedly have a genetic origin. This is what scientists relied on. We already knew that small breeds are the most aggressiveBut what about intelligence and cognitive performance?

There is no doubt: the most “talented” Belgian malinois, the Belgian Sheepdog often chosen as a police dog, has a score of 35 out of 39. They are followed in the ranking by Australian Kelps, Labrador Retrievers and Border Collies. and golden retrievers. Sixth place is for Hofwart, followed by Spanish Water Dogs, Shetland Sheepdogs, English Terriers, Australian Shepherds, Mixed Breeds, German Shepherds and Finnish.

The tests included the ability to “read” human gesturesMe and problem solver for a tasty reward. The researchers also studied how independent the dog was and how quickly it turned to a human for help when faced with an unsolvable task.

Most breeds have their strengths and weaknesses. For example, the Labrador Retriever was very good at reading human gestures, but not so good at solving spatial problems. Some breeds, such as the Shetland sheepdog, scored fairly uniformly on almost all tests, explains Dr. Caterina Tierra. “The Belgian Malinois excelled on many cognitive tasks, and he did very well on most of the tests.” And you, do you agree to this arrangement?

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