Ah, the age old question. Is my dog smarter than your dog?
Such is the question that occasionally wander into our minds when we take Bryson to class. I'll be the first to admit that we're probably a tad bit biased- of course Bryson's the smartest dog in the world! I mean, roll-over, giving paws, heel, he'd learned them all within minutes while some of his classmates seemed completely dumbfounded.
And it's not just our little parental bias here, when the Japanese animation hit Cowboy Bebop needs a "data dog" who can drive, use the phone and hack into computer programs, who did they create? Ein, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi (see right for his vital statistics. Ooh).
But then again, there are a couple things that Bryson just don't seem to get. Take fetch. I've tried every way described in every book and every website. He just looks at me like "eh, pardon me?"
Is there a breed of dog that's really smarter than all others? Hmm...
Well, the author of this book thinks he has the answer.
In order to find out which breed has the best working/obedience intelligence, he polled dog trainers and trial judges all over the country, and asked them to rank breeds according to their performance in trials.
So, what's the answer? (Drum rolls, please...) Out of 131 breeds, Border Collies, not surprisingly, ranks #1. Pembroke Welsh Corgis ties with the Australian Cattle Dog for #10. Not bad, and it proves us and Cowboy Bebop right that they're one of the brightest dogs. Yippee!
You can read the full intelligence ranking here. (There are many ties, so the actual ranking number only goes down to #79 even though there are 131 breeds listed)
A few surprises (at least to me), are Poodles at #2 (I know they're smart, but smarter than German Shepherds and Goldens? No idea...); Dalmatians at #39 (somehow there's a perception that they're not very trainable); and Beagles at #72 (8th from the bottom?! Isn't t Snoopy a beagle?)
I'm sure like any test that human creates, there are flaws and biases. But I like this test- not only because it ranks Bryson, oh, I mean Pembroke Welsh Corgis as one of the brightest dogs, but also for what the author chose to grace the cover of his book:
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