Friday, February 8, 2019

Veterinary Highlights: Higher Cognitive Capabilities in Dogs with Bigger Brains?

Does size matter after all? It could explain how my Rottie girls have always been able to get their own way with me. Hubby is jealous of their people training abilities.

Veterinary Highlights: Higher Cognitive Capabilities in Dogs with Bigger Brains?


"A study suggests brain size is associated with executive functioning, but not other types of intelligence."



I would argue that my girls' brains are high-functioning no matter what the situation.

The study claims that larger-brain breeds outperform smaller dogs with their brains' executive functioning. It seems that the definition of that is that executive functioning is the set of cognitive processes that control and coordinate other cognitive abilities. At the same time, the study states that the difference concerns short-term memory and self-control only.

All I know that my girls have been extremely smart. But I do know some extremely smart little dogs too. My sample is substantially smaller than what the researchers used, though.

Source article:
Dogs with bigger brains have higher cognitive capacities

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