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Dogs are as smart as toddlers, study finds

August 9, 2009

This afternoon, Charlie attempted to go swimming in his water bowl, which annoyed Darryl because of the large puddle left on the kitchen floor.  Darryl banished Charlie to the backyard.   If you are a dog owner, you know that your dog is smart.  If you have children and dogs, you know that up to a certain age, your child is less intelligent than your dog.

Charlie walked over to his doggy pool and, despite it being empty, went to stand it in.  He was smart enough to know that if he stood in the pool, someone would eventually come over and fill it up.  I filled the pool with water and Darryl brought out the blue, plastic dumbbell, Charlie’s favorite toy.  Charlie then spent the next half hour happily splashing in the pool.

Results of a recent study show that dogs really are smarter than toddlers.  The top dogs are listed below.  The Keeshond is not listed, but they have to be pretty high on the list.  Beagles, as one would expect, are down near the bottom.  Ruby is the epitome of her breed – sweet, but not the sharpest knife in the drawer. 

Smartest Dogs

  1. Border collies
  2. Poodles
  3. German shepherds
  4. Golden retrievers
  5. Dobermans
  6. Shetland sheepdogs
  7. Labrador retrievers

Dogs are smarter than toddlers, IQ tests show

By Jeanna Bryner
updated 11:45 a.m. ET, Sun., Aug 9, 2009

The canine IQ test results are in: Even the average dog has the mental abilities of a 2-year-old child.

The finding is based on a language development test, revealing average dogs can learn 165 words (similar to a 2-year-old child), including signals and gestures, and dogs in the top 20 percent in intelligence can learn 250 words.  Read article on

For those of you who can not get enough of Charlie in the pool, here is a longer video of him enjoying a cool dip on a hot August day:

2 Comments leave one →
  1. darryl permalink
    August 9, 2009 11:08 pm

    Ruby is as smart as Charlie in my opinion. She doesn’t care to show you how smart she is all the time like Charlie does. She is too smart to waste a lot of energy like Charlie does. She keeps her body temp nice and cool and doesn’t need to go in pools.

  2. exchangeandmart permalink
    August 12, 2009 8:47 am

    I love Charlie in the pool! I have always had border collies, who are exceptionally intelligent, and i agree dogs probably do have similar intellectual capacities to a 2 year old child. I work with exchange and mart where there are lots of dogs and pet supplies if you are thinking of treating your dog soon, take care and good blogging with you!

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