I think most people who share their homes and lives with dogs tend to think their dogs are pretty smart. We know dogs sometimes do amazing things, rescuing people, working as companion and service dogs but how smart are they really?
Now we know that some breeds tend to be categorized as smarter than others and some fall further to the bottom of the ‘smart list.’ Dogs such as German Shepherds, poodles and border collies tend to be ranked pretty high while beagles tend to rank relatively low, no offense beagles. 🙂
People can have their intelligence tests with standard IQ tests and now so can your favorite canine companion with a doggie IQ test!
“I think dogs are orders of magnitudes smarter than we give them credit for,” says animal behaviorist Dr. Karen Overall.
“Everybody wants to believe that some breeds are smarter than others,” Dr. Overall says. “And I would be in the camp that says breeds differ in how they show their intelligence.”
Stacy Stubblefield wanted to find a way to prove her dog’s mental mastery. So developed the pooch i.q. kit.
“We came up with different exercises that would test for the different things that are included in intelligence like problem solving and what not,” says pooch i.q. inventor Stacy Stubblefield.
We put her test to the test. We recruited three owners and their dogs to take the pooch i.q. first Enzo, a german shepherd, widely considered a highly intelligent breed.
“I think he’s very smart,” Enzo’s owner said.
Olive also took the test. She’s a beagle, a breed that falls to the back of the brainiac pack.
“I hope to show that they are very smart,” says Daisy Okas, Olive’s owner.
Finally, Stewie, a terrier mix, to represent the mutts of the world.
“Oh, Stewie’s going to beat him hands down. Much smarter,” says Stewie’s owner Harris Bloom.