Dog owners who like their furry friends to know that they have a companion they can call on to do things are not alone.
Many are choosing to adopt a pet with a high IQ as an alternative to buying a cat, a new study finds.
Dog owners are adopting a much higher proportion of their furry companion animals with an IQ of at least 70 than owners of cats.
Dogs, on the other hand, are more likely to adopt cats with an average IQ of between 20 and 60.
Some studies suggest dogs are smarter than cats.
A recent study in the journal Science looked at IQ tests taken by 6,000 people across the United States, and found that dog owners scored higher than owners overall on tests of spatial cognition, a measure of spatial knowledge and reaction time.
A study from the same journal found that owners of Labrador retrievers scored higher on tests measuring spatial skills than owners did overall.
Both studies suggest that dogs are more intelligent than cats, and that owning a pet can help with those differences.
Dog ownership and IQ The studies have led to several questions.
One is how much of a role humans play in determining which species a pet will be adopted.
In general, most research suggests that people are more responsible than dogs for choosing which species to adopt, and studies show that adopting a cat is a more common way to foster a dog’s intelligence.
But that’s not the whole story, says Charles Wojcicki, an anthropologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
People may have been less inclined to adopt animals with low intelligence, he says, because they thought the animals would be smarter than they actually were.
If your pet has an IQ that is lower than the average, it means that your pet is more intelligent and thus more likely not to be adopted, he said.
That’s an important point, because a pet’s intelligence is a proxy for its social and emotional intelligence, Wojcsik says.
And if you have an animal with a lower IQ than that, you can often tell whether it’s going to be good at certain tasks, like walking.
And a higher IQ may mean that your animal can learn more quickly than others.
“That’s why you want to adopt dogs with an intelligence that is close to your own,” he said, adding that it’s also a sign of caring.
If you want a pet that’s more intelligent, but not as intelligent as you are, Wozcsik suggests adopting a companion animal that is in good shape and that has a strong social bond with you, because that will help your pet develop its own personality.
You can find more information on adopting a dog in the following articles: Dog with the Highest IQ: Understanding the Benefits of Picking a Companion Animal.
The Scientist’s Pet: A Guide to Raising Dogs.
Dog Training and Adoption.