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Old 04-28-2011, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Louisiana
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Male dogs are from Mars, female dogs are from … Pluto?

True, dogs aren't exactly a fertile market for self-help manuals. But a new study finds that the brains of male and female canines are not the same — and in at least one task, the females have an edge.


Female dogs smarter than males? Maybe - Health - Pet health - msnbc.com
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Old 04-28-2011, 11:38 AM
 
Location: bold new city of the south
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Male dogs are from Mars, female dogs are from … Pluto?

True, dogs aren't exactly a fertile market for self-help manuals. But a new study finds that the brains of male and female canines are not the same — and in at least one task, the females have an edge.


Female dogs smarter than males? Maybe - Health - Pet health - msnbc.com
Then why was Lassie always a boy dog? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
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Old 04-28-2011, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I've seen this in action with my friend's two labs, brother and sister.

Sadie: Smarter than most PEOPLE that I know.
Simon: Well, let's just say that he's dumber than a rock and leave it at that.
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Old 04-28-2011, 11:55 AM
 
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Not true, and incredibly generalizing, imo.

Every dog is different. Anybody who has dogs knows that.
I have had many dogs throughout my life and there are incredibly intelligent male dogs.
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Old 04-28-2011, 12:18 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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Then why was Lassie always a boy dog? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
males have bigger collie "ruffs"
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Old 04-28-2011, 12:35 PM
 
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Maybe the male dogs didn't look longer because they figured out what was happening quicker than the female does!
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Old 04-28-2011, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Louisiana
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Maybe the male dogs didn't look longer because they figured out what was happening quicker than the female does!
There are always two ways to look at things aren't there?
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Old 04-28-2011, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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"Although this experiment gave female dogs the cognitive edge, Müller said it's likely that future findings of sex differences would even the intelligence scale.
In humans, Müller said, "there's tons of differences you can find, but for everything where you find men are better than women, you can find something where women are better than men." "

This is from the end of the article. Even though the study implies that female dogs are smarter with this particular thing, it's possible that males will come out smarter in another category in a future study. I agree that this will probably happen.
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Old 04-28-2011, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I generally agree with this and that is why for years I only had female dogs. There are always exceptions to the rule though and some forms of intelligence seem hard to quantify due to different personalities and different interests.

My female GSD is a very smart dog, but Mister, my male GSD is more vocal, if you will, about his smartness. He's got a swagger, and she doesn't see the need to brag. And my female GSD's interest is primarily me, while Mister is deeply interested in everyone in addition to me. He notices certain things very obviously (like clouds in the freakin' sky) but just because my female doesn't react to them in the same way, doesn't necessary indicate a lack of intelligence but a lack of interest.

Strangers would find Mister much more personable. He is generous with his kisses, loves to fetch balls, loves it generally when we have company - the more the merrier. My Anka gives people a cursory sniff, doesn't mind being petted, will fetch a ball just to show you that she knows what you want her to do, but as I tell a disappointed Mister, she "plays ball like a girl." Her heart isn't in it.

I may have mentioned this before but due to Mister's outgoing personality, I used to think that maybe he didn't have any protective instincts at all, but a few years ago, during a BBQ at which I had quite a few people, he blocked all the adults from coming inside the house when I was in there alone (preparing food) until I came to the door and that let him know it was okay. He let all the children pass without comment though.
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Old 04-28-2011, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Holmdel, NJ
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sometimes i wish my dog was less smart.
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